Dr. Xu serves as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security in St John’s University. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She also has an M.S. degree in Statistics from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. and a LL.B. degree in Law from Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China. She previously worked in Criminal Justice Agency as a Senior Research Analyst. As the Principal Investigator, she was in charge of a city-wide research project of NYC pretrial risk assessment and release on recognizance (ROR) systems. Dr. Xu’s research mainly focuses on spatial and temporal dynamics of offender's decision making, crime prediction, evidence-based offender risk assessment, geographic information systems, cybercrime and cyber security, and Big Data analytics. Her current research draws from several disciplines to analyze the spatial–temporal patterns of crime distributions, cyber security, and crime forecasting with Deep Learning. Her publications appear in top journals.
Spatial-temporal analysis of offender's decision making, Evidence-based offender risk assessment, Crime Prediction, Cyber Crime and Cyber Security, and Deep Learning.