Steven F. Messner is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Columbia University and Nankai University in the People's Republic of China. His research has focused primarily on the relationship between features of social organization and violent crime rates. His texts include CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, Third Edition, (with Richard Rosenfeld), PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME AND DEVIANCE, (with Allen E. Liska), and THEORETICAL INTEGRATION IN THE STUDY OF DEVIANCE AND CRIME, (with Marvin D. Krohn and Allen E. Liska). Dr. Messner has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of criminal violence.Messner, Steven F. is the author of 'Crime And the American Dream ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780534619589 and ISBN 0534619584.