April Zeoli

April  Zeoli
  • Associate Professor / Undergraduate Coordinator
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2007, John Hopkins University
  • MPH 2000, The University of Michigan
  • BA 1998, The University of Michigan
  • 526 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-9554


Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours

Center for Gender in Global Context

College of Law

Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence

Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS)


Dr. Zeoli is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main fields of investigation are the prevention of gun violence, intimate partner violence, and homicide through the use of policy and law. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on policy interventions for firearm use in intimate partner violence. Broadly, she studies the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. Her research focuses on legal firearm restrictions for domestic violence abusers and their impact on intimate partner homicide, the implementation of those firearm restrictions, and the criminal histories of intimate partner homicide offenders with a focus on missed intervention opportunities. Dr. Zeoli has recently expanded her research around firearm policies to include studying the extreme risk protection orders and, more generally, the impact of firearm policies on childhood firearm injuries and deaths.

Zeoli is on the editorial board of the scholarly journal Injury Prevention, and serves as the research expert for the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center. She has also served as an expert commentator on intimate partner homicide, guns, and domestic violence-related mass shootings for news organizations such as NPR, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intimate Partner Homicide
  • Firearm Laws
  • Mass Shootings
  • Childhood Firearm Injuries and Death


Analysis of the Strength of Legal Firearms Restrictions for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Their Associations With Intimate Partner Homicide.

Year: 2018 Authors: Zeoli A.M., McCourt A., Buggs S., Frattaroli S., Lilley D., & Webster D.W. Journal: American Journal of Epidemiology.

The Association of Firearm Laws With Firearm Outcomes Among Children and Adolescents: A Scoping Review

Year: 2019 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Goldstick, J., Mauri, A.*, Wallin, M.*, Goyal, M., & Cunningham, R. Journal: Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Ecological Research Designs for Studies of Violence: A Methodological Guide

Year: 2019 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Paruk, J.K.*, Pizzaro, J.M., & Goldstick, J. Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Removing Firearms From Those Prohibited From Possession by Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: A Survey and Analysis of State Laws

Year: 2019 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Frattaroli, S., Roskam, K., & Herrera, A.K*. Journal: Trauma, Violence, & Abuse

Homicide as Infectious Disease: Using Public Health Methods to Investigate the Diffusion of Homicide

Year: 2014 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Pizarro, J., Grady, S., & Melde, C. Journal: Justice Quarterly