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Richard Bennett

Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Bennett's research interests include comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, and police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-national crime, policing and comparative police systems. His articles have appeared in journals such as Social Forces, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly and Sociological Quarterly. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he has studied crime and justice issues in developing nations. He serves on the editorial board of various criminal justice journals and is the past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Courses that Professor Bennett teaches include Introduction to Systems of Justice, Insider's View of Justice, Comparative Criminology/Criminal Justice, and Introduction to Justice Research I and II.


PhD Washington State University
MA Florida State University
BA Randolph-Macon College

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SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology
Kerwin Hall - 260
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(202) 885-2956

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  • Fall 2018

  • Spring 2019

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Area of Expertise:

Criminal behavior, crime prevention, international crime statistics and trends, police behavior and training, criminal justice systems and justice administration in the U.S. and abroad, including in developing nations

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Prof. Richard Bennett is an expert on criminal behavior, crime prevention, international crime statistics and trends, police behavior, and justice administration both in the U.S. and abroad. He serves on the editorial board of several criminal justice journals, including the European Journal of Criminology and the International Journal of Comparative Criminology. He is past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and serves as a consultant to many national and international organizations, including the Working Group on Caribbean Criminology, the Police Foundation, the Department of State Antiterrorist Assistance Program, and the Department of Justice Peer Review Panels. Prof. Bennett is on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. He is the author of a book Policing Paradise: A Comparative Study of Constables, Citizens, and the Administration of Justice in Three Caribbean Nations, based on research conducted in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago as a senior Fulbright Scholar. He is currently writing a book on police retirement based on research he conducted in Jamaica, The Netherlands, India and Thailand.

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