Keynote Address: “Guns Are and Aren’t the Problem: The Relationship between Firearms and Homicide in American History.”
Randolph Roth is a professor of History and Sociology at Ohio State. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Historical Review, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Crime Trends. Professor Roth is the author of American Homicide (The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 2009), which received the 2011 Michael J. Hindelang Award from American Society of Criminology for the outstanding contribution to criminology over the previous three years, and the 2010 Allan Sharlin Memorial Prize from the Social Science History Association for the outstanding book in social science history. The book is an interregional, internationally comparative study of homicide in the United States from colonial times to the present. Professor Roth is currently completing Child Murder in America, a study of homicides of and by children from colonial times to the present. It will be a companion volume to American Homicide. He is also the principal investigator on the National Homicide Data Improvement Project, a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to improve the quality of homicide data in the United States from 1959 to the present.