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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Dina Perrone

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Ph.D. -- Rutgers University (Criminal Justice)
B.A. -- State University of New York at Geneseo (Sociology and Political Science)

Statement of Professional Engagement:

Dr. Perrone's areas of specialization are drug use, drug policy, deviance, and ethnographic or other qualitative research methods. Her new book, The High Life: Club Kids, Harm, and Drug Policy from Lynne-Rienner Publishers, dissects the drug user stereotype through understanding patterns of use, drug experiences and mitigating factors of harm. Currently, Dr. Perrone is completing a project addressing the patterns of use and harms of salvia divinorum. She is also a co-principal investigator on another project assessing the effects of Massachusetts marijuana decriminalization policy on marijuana use. Ultimately, she is interested in investigating drug use to illuminate the nature of drug use patterns and harms, and to inform drug policies. She has also written various articles within the criminal justice field – topics including the privatization of prisons and self-control theory.

Research Interests

  • Drug Policy
  • Drug Subcultures
  • Emerging Drug Trends
  • Criminological Theory
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Direct Dial Phone: (562) 985-8465

Office Location: Engineering Technologies (E-Tec) 246

Classes Dr. Perrone Teaches at CSULB

  • CRJU 304: Criminological Theory
  • CRJU 320: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CRJU 460: Substance Abuse and the Criminal Justice System
  • CRJU 497: Independent Study
  • CRJU 504: Advanced Criminoloigical Theory
  • CRJU 535: Justice Policy