Michael Hindelang

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Michael J. Hindelang
Michael James Hindelang

Detroit, Michigan, US
DiedMarch 27, 1982(1982-03-27) (aged 36–37)
EducationWayne State University (B.A. 1966, masters' 1967), University of California, Berkeley (doctorate, 1969)
Spouse(s)Mary Lee Newell[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity at Albany
ThesisPersonality attributes of self-reported delinquents (1969)

Michael J. Hindelang (born 1945 in Detroit, died March 27, 1982 in Schenectady, New York) was an American criminologist.

Early life and education[edit]

Hindelang was born in Detroit.[1] He received his B.A. in psychology in 1966 and his master's degree in 1967, both from Wayne State University.[2] He received his doctorate in criminology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969.[1]


In 1970, Hindelang joined the faculty of the University at Albany, where he became a full professor in 1976. He remained on the faculty there until his death.[2] In 1972, he founded the Criminal Justice Research Center at this university.[3] While at the University at Albany he collaborated with, among other researchers, Travis Hirschi, on multiple research projects pertaining to delinquency. Their collaboration produced a paper regarding the link between IQ and delinquency, as well as the 1981 book Measuring Delinquency, which was co-authored by Hindelang, Hirschi, and Joseph Weis.[2] Hindelang and Hirschi, along with Michael R. Gottfredson, also collaborated on a paper criticizing research on the age-crime curve, a paper which later became one of Hirschi's most famous. However, as Hindelang's health declined, he became unable to contribute more to this paper toward the end of his life.[4] He served as associate editor for the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency from 1977 to 1980.[5]


Hindelang died on March 27, 1982, of a brain tumor. He was 36 years old when he died.[1][4]


After Hindelang died in 1982, the Criminal Justice Research Center he founded at the University at Albany was renamed the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center.[3] In 1991, the American Society of Criminology created the Michael J. Hindelang Award, which is given annually to a book that the Society thinks "makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology" of any book published in the three previous years.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr. Michael Hindelang; Teacher of Criminology". New York Times. 5 April 1982. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Michael J. Hindelang Biography" (PDF). American Society of Criminology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center". University at Albany. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b Miller, J. Mitchell (2014). The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology. John Wiley & Sons. p. 429.
  5. ^ "Michael J. Hindelang 1945-1982". Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 19 (2): 171–171. 1 July 1982. doi:10.1177/002242788201900202.
  6. ^ "ASC Award Winners". American Society of Criminology. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Nominations for Michael J. Hindelang Award". American Society of Criminology. Retrieved 28 March 2016.