Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York (2009)
M.A. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York (2003)
B.A. Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin (2002)
B.A. Music, The University of Texas at Austin (2002)
Areas of Expertise:
Quantitative research methods
Statistical techniques involved in modeling causes of crime
Criminological theory and in the unexamined dimensions of peer influence
Bob Edward Vásquez, a native Texan, has a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. His master's and doctoral degrees are from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. During the pursuit of his Ph.D., he was concurrently enrolled in the graduate program in epidemiology and biostatistics.
In 2009, Professor Vásquez accepted a tenure-track position in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University-San Marcos. Since then, he has become part of the doctoral faculty and has added two statistics courses to the Ph.D. curriculum: discrete multivariate models, and structural equation modeling. Although he regularly teaches doctoral-level statistics courses, he continues to teach introductory statistics classes at the bachelor's and master's levels, and he has taught research methods courses in the past. His students named him Inspirational Professor in 2007 and Favorite Professor in 2010.
Dr. Vásquez is interested in measurement, quantitative research methods, and in the statistical techniques involved in modeling causes of crime. He is also interested in criminological theory and in the unexamined dimensions of peer influence. His recently published research appears in Crime & Delinquency, Criminology, and Social Science Research.
He received the Lumbard Award for Academic Excellence in 2009, was the Chair’s nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research in 2010, and won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research in 2011 and 2012 in the College of Applied Arts. The extensive diversity in his education allows for successful collaborations across disciplines. As such, he received a Distinguished Author Award from the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science in 2013.