Dr. Kevin Steinmetz is a criminologist in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2014 and maintains multiple research interests. His primary area of study is technocrime and control including hacking, piracy, fraud, and online whistleblowing.  In addition, Dr. Steinmetz examines racial inequalities within the criminal justice system, particularly probation. His work has also centered on popular culture, crime, and crime control issues. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as The British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology,Deviant Behavior, Race & Justice, and Social Justice, to name a few.  Be sure to check out his books, Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime (NYU Press) and Technocrime and Criminological Theory (Routledge).



  • Steinmetz, K. F. (2016). Hacked: A radical approach to hacker culture and crime. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Book Chapters

  • Chism, K. A. & Steinmetz, K. F. (2018). Strain theory and technocrime. In K. F. Steinmetz & M. R. Nobles (eds.) Technocrime and criminological theory (pp. 66-84). New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Pimentel, A. (2018). DeLiberating the information commons: A critical analysis of intellectual property and piracy. In T. Holt & S. C. Brown (eds.) Digital piracy: A global, multidisciplinary account. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Gerber, J. (2015). “It doesn’t have to be this way”: Hacker perspectives on privacy. Social Justice, 41(3), 29-51.

Edited Books/ Journals

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Nobles, M. R. (2018). Technocrime and criminological theory. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Steinmetz, K. F. (2017). Ruminations on warning banners, deterrence, and system intrusion research. Criminology & Public Policy, 16(3), 725-735.

  • Steinmetz, K. F., Schaefer, B. P., & Green, E. W. (2017). Anything but boring: A cultural criminological exploration of boredom. Theoretical Criminology, 21(3), 342-360.

  • Steinmetz, K. F., Schaefer, B. P., & Green, E. W. (2017). Anything but boring: A cultural criminological exploration of boredom. Theoretical Criminology, 21(3), 342-360.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. (2015). Craft(y)ness: An ethnographic study of hacking. British Journal of Criminology, 55(1), 125-145.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. (2015). Becoming a hacker: Background characteristics and developmental factors. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, 3(1), 31-60.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Gerber, J. (2015). Hacking the state: Hackers, technological liberalism, and state crime. In G. Barak (ed.) Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful (pp. 503-514). New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Schaefer, B. P. & Steinmetz, K. F. (2014). Cop-watching and McLuhan’s tetrad: The limits of video-activism in the Internet age. Surveillance & Society, 12(4), 502 – 515.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Gerber, J. (2014). “The greatest crime syndicate since the Gambinos”: A hacker critique of government, law, and law enforcement. Deviant Behavior, 35(3), 243-261.

  • Rothe, D. L. & Steinmetz, K. F. (2013). The case of Bradley Manning: State victimization, realpolitik and WikiLeaks. Contemporary Justice Review, 16(2), 280-292.

  • Steinmetz, K. F. & Tunnell, K. D. (2013). Under the pixilated jolly roger: A study of online pirates. Deviant Behavior, 34(1), 53-67.

  • Steinmetz, K. F.  (2012). WikiLeaks and realpolitik. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 4(1), 14-52.

The website is funded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

HUJI Cyber Security Research Center (H-CSRC) – Cyber Law Program and the Institute of Criminology

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