Justin Pickett

Justin Pickett
Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
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Justin Pickett


Justin joined the faculty at the School of Criminal Justice in the fall of 2012. He received his Ph.D. in criminology in 2011 from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Justin is the 2015 recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award.

Justin is currently involved in several research projects exploring diverse topics. In one project, he is examining the distinction between perceived risk and fear in the context of deterrence and criminal decision making. In another project, Justin is testing a theory of how civilians’ behavior toward police may influence officers’ adherence to police culture as well as their reactions within specific encounters with suspects. He is also currently investigating the extent and correlates of attitudes toward prostitution among men in the U.S. and he is beginning a study to adjudicate between competing theories of public support for prisoner reentry.

Research Interests

Public Opinion, Survey Research Methods, Theories of Punishment, Police-Community Relations