Center Leadership

Professor Sally S. Simpson, Director

Sally S. Simpson is Director of C-BERC and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the Principal Investigator (with Peter C. Yeager, Boston University) on a Bureau of Justice Statistics grant to build a federal white-collar offending statistical series. In 2014, she will begin work with Mark Cohen (Vanderbilt University) and CCJS colleague Tom Loughran on a National Institute of Justice funded project to study the public willingness to pay for white-collar crime control.

Simpson is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and, in 2008, was named Distinguished Scholar by the Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. Simpson has served as President of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is former Chair of the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association and past President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium. Recipient of the Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology, in 2010 Simpson was named Woman of the Year by the President's Commission on Women's Issues at the University of Maryland.

Selected publications:


  • Michael Benson and Sally S. Simpson, White-Collar Crime and Opportunity: Explaining Violations of Trust and the Abuse of Power. New York: Routledge Press (2009).
  • Sally S. Simpson and David Weisburd (Eds.), The Criminology of White-Collar Crime. New York: Springer (2009).
  • Sally S. Simpson, Corporate Crime, Law, and Social Control. (Cambridge University, 2002).


  • Sally S. Simpson, Carole Gibbs, Lee Ann Slocum, Melissa Rorie, Mark Cohen, and Michael Vandenbergh. "An Empirical Assessment of Corporate Environmental Crime Control Strategies." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 103 (1): 231-278, 2013.
  • N. Craig Smith, Sally S. Simpson, and Chun-Yao Huang, "Why Managers Fail to do the Right Thing: An Empirical Study of Unethical and Illegal Conduct." Business Ethics Quarterly, 17:633-667, 2007.
  • Sally S. Simpson and Christopher S. Koper, "The Changing of the Guard: Top Management Team Characteristics, Organizational Strain, and Antitrust Offending, 1960-1986." Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 13 (4):373-404, 1997.
  • Raymond Paternoster and Sally S. Simpson, "Sanction Threats and Appeals to Morality: Testing a Rational Choice Model of Corporate Crime," Law and Society Review, 30:549-583, 1996.
  • Sally S. Simpson and Christopher Koper, "Deterring Corporate Crime," Criminology, 30: 347-375, 1992
  • Sally S. Simpson, "Cycles of Illegality: Antitrust in Corporate America," Social Forces 65: 943-963, 1987.
  • Sally S. Simpson, "The Decomposition of Antitrust: Testing a Multilevel, Longitudinal Model of Profit-Squeeze," American Sociological Review 51: 859-975, 1986.

Associate Director: Professor T. Leigh Anenson

Leigh Anenson is an Associate Director of C-BERC and Associate Professor of Business Law at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Anenson is an internationally recognized scholar in American equity law. Her research seeks to rethink the role of ancient equity in modern business litigation. Equitable principles arise in a wide-variety of commercial settings comprising unfair competition, contracts, corporate governance, and financial fraud. Equitable remedies and defenses available in adjudication are also an important component of commercial law. Anenson's secondary research stream involves pension law and policy.

Anenson's research has earned numerous awards, including the two most prestigious international awards given by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB). (Hoeber Awards, 2005, 2006, 2007) (Holmes-Cardozo Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009). Several of her articles have been published in the leading business law journal, as well as in journals at top law schools. Anenson's research has been widely cited in academic articles, leading law textbooks, and court opinions.

Anenson has been a Visiting Fellow in Commercial Equity Law at Wolfson College, and a Visitor to the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, England. She was a also a Visiting Scholar with the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate, and Taxation Law, in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia. Anenson is a former editor of the American Business Law Journal and the International Business Law Review. She has served as the President of the International Section of the ALSB as well as its Pacific Southwest Region. The ALSB honored Professor Anenson with its Early Career Achievement Award in 2007. Before embarking on an academic career, Anenson worked in the private practice of law and business.

Selected publications:

  • Gideon Mark & T. Leigh Anenson, Inequitable Conduct and Walker Process Claims after Therasense and the America Invents Act, Vol. 15, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (2014) (in press) (lead article)
  • T. Leigh Anenson & Gideon Mark, Inequitable Conduct in Retrospective: Understanding Unclean Hands in Patent Remedies, Vol. 62, American University Law Review 1441-1527 (2013) (lead article)
  • T. Leigh Anenson, Real Estate and Alternative Asset Allocations of U.S. Firms' Defined Benefit Pension Plans (with Karen Eilers Lahey et al.),Vol. 18, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management 273-87 (2012)
  • T. Leigh Anenson, Clean Hands and the CEO: Equity as an Antidote for Excessive Compensation (with Donald O. Mayer), Vol. 12, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 101-165 (2010) (lead article)


Associate Director: Professor Stephen Loeb

Stephen Loeb is an Associate Director of C-BERC and EY Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Loeb is an internationally known scholar in the area of accounting ethics. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, The Journal of Accountancy, Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Business Ethics, and Accounting Horizons.

Loeb has served as a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs' Board of Directors and as regional (Mid-Atlantic) vice president of the American Accounting Association. He chaired several national committees of the American Accounting Association. Among Loeb's many awards are the Maryland Association of CPAs' Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and the 2010 Accounting Exemplar Award from the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. He chaired the Accounting faculty from 1973-82 and 1987-95.

Selected publications:

  • Stephen E. Loeb, " Education in Accountancy and Social Control: Questions and Comments," Issues in Accounting Education, (November 2012), pp. 1059-1069.
  • Daniel Ostas and Stephen E. Loeb, "Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility in Business Law and Business Ethics Classrooms," Journal of Legal Studies Education Winter/Spring 2002, pp. 61-88.
  • Stephen E. Loeb, "Ethics Committees and Consultants in Public Accounting Firms?", Accounting Horizons, December 1989, pp. 1-10.
  • Stephen E. Loeb, "Teaching Students Accounting Ethics: Some Crucial Issues," Issues in Accounting Education, Fall 1988, pp. 316-329.
  • Edmund D. Pellegrino, Richard J. Hart, Jr., Sharon R. Henderson, Stephen E. Loeb, and Gary Edwards, "Relevance and Utility of Courses in Medical Ethics: A Survey of Physician Perceptions," The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 4, 1985, pp. 49-53.
  • Alan P. Mayer-Sommer and Stephen E. Loeb, "Fostering More Successful Professional Socialization Among Accounting Students," The Accounting Review, January 1981, pp. 125 -136.
  • Stephen E. Loeb, "A Survey of Ethical Behavior in the Accounting Profession," Journal of Accounting Research, Autumn 1971, pp. 287-306.


Associate Director: Professor David Maimon

David Maimon is an Associate Director of C-BERC and an Associate Professor in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University in 2009. Maimon's research interests include theories of human behaviors, cyber-enabled and cyber-dependent crimes and experimental research methods. His current research focuses on computer hacking and the progression of system trespassing events, computer networks vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, susceptibility to malware victimization, and decision-making process in cyber space. He is also conducting research on intellectual property and cyber fraud.

Selected Publications:

  • Wilson, Theodore., David Maimon, Bertrand Sobesto and Michel Cukier. Forthcoming. "The Effect of Surveillance Banner in an Attacked Computer System: Additional Evidence for the Relevance of Restrictive Deterrence in Cyber Space." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
  • Maimon, David., Theodore Wilson, Wuling Ren and Tamar Berenblom. 2015.
  • On the Relevance of Spatial and Temporal Dimensions in Assessing Computer Susceptibility to System Trespassing Incidents." British Journal of Criminology 55 (3): 615-634
  • Maimon David, Mariel Alper, Michel Cukeir and Bertrand Sobesto. 2014. "Restrictive Deterrent Effects of a Warning Banner in an Attacked Computer System." Criminology 52 (1): 33-59
  • Maimon David, Amy Sariti, Michel Cukier, and Bertrand Sobesto. 2013. "Daily Trends and Origin of Computer Focused Crimes Against a Large University Computer Network: An Application of the Routine Activities and Life Style Perspective." British Journal of Criminology 53 (2): 319-343.


Associate Director: Professor Gideon Mark

Gideon Mark is an Associate Director of C-BERC and Assistant Professor of Business Law at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Mark's research primarily concerns securities, corporate governance, and intellectual property. His research has earned various awards, including a 2013 Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence in Research from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Mark's research has been published in the leading peer-reviewed business law journal, as well as in a number of law journals published by top law schools.

Mark holds degrees from Brandeis University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, and the University of California. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Mark worked full-time in private law practice for many years.


Associate Director: Professor James Staihar

James Staihar is an Associate Director of C-BERC and Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Assurance (AIA), Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Staihar joined the AIA faculty as an assistant professor in the Fall 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His research concerns fundamental issues in criminal law theory as well as issues in accounting ethics and business ethics. His work has been published in both philosophy and law journals. Before joining the Smith School, he was a Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University.

Selected publications:

  • Jim Staihar, "Punishment as a Costly Signal of Reform," The Journal of Philosophy 110 (2013): 282-92.