Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero

Robert E. Holmes Jr. Professor of Criminology

Associate Provost

Widely published in the areas of white-collar crime, criminological theory and women and crime, Piquero joined UT Dallas in 2011 and became associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences the following year. She has served as associate provost since 2015.

Previously, Piquero taught at Florida State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the City University of New York, the University of Florida and Northeastern University. She earned her PhD in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001.

Piquero is a leader in national criminal justice academic organizations. She has been an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Executive Board, serving in the roles of secretary, trustee-at-large, second vice president and her current role as first vice president. Piquero will serve as president in 2017-18. She also has extensive past service on American Society of Criminology committees.

She serves on several editorial boards and has previously served as the editor of the Journal of Drug Issues. In a 2013 article, The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Piquero as one of the top five female scholars publishing in elite criminology and criminal justice journals.

Piquero received an EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet Award in 2015 and the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award for 2005-06. She was honored with the National White-Color Crime Research Consortium Young Career Award in 2008 and the Outstanding Publication Award in 2011 for her study on how low self-control and desire for control relate to corporate offending.

Piquero planned to become a police officer when she enrolled in the University of Maryland’s criminology and criminal justice program as an undergraduate. She said she became interested in continuing her studies after her instructor, Dr. Laure Brooks, asked her to collaborate on a research project. She and Brooks designed a survey instrument about stress in policing that they administered to numerous police agencies in the Washington, D.C. area.

“The experience with research, as an undergraduate, convinced me I should go to graduate school and study crime issues,” Piquero said. “If it were not for the potential that Dr. Brooks saw in me and the opportunity she gave me to not only get hands-on experience with research but also to get my first publication, I would not be where I am today.”

Dr. Alex R. Piquero

School of Economic, Political
and Policy Sciences


Robert E. Holmes Jr. created the chair in August 2014, and Piquero filled the position in June 2016. The professorship supports the research and scholarly activities of the chair holder.


Piquero’s research areas include white-collar crime, criminological theory and women and crime.


“At the end of it all, we must always ask of ourselves, and our research, ‘so what have we learned?’”