Dr Viviana Andreescu is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Romania and her M.A. (Sociology), M.S. (Interdisciplinary Studies – Statistics & Geographic Analysis), and Ph.D. (Urban & Public Affairs) degrees from the University of Louisville, USA, where she started her graduate studies as a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship (1993-1995). She teaches in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs Theories of Crime and Delinquency, Research Design, Applied Statistics, Program Evaluation, Criminal Behavior, Women & Crime, and International Perspectives on Violence. Dr Andreescu’s scholarly research includes studies focusing on violent crimes, fear of crime, immigration and crime, deviant behavior, and social justice issues related to social minorities, in a national and international context. She is the co-editor of a book published in 2013 by the University Press of America and the author/co-author of 45 book chapters and articles published in peer-reviewed social sciences journals.