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The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Faculty and Staff Directory

Brandon Applegate

Department Chair


Ph.D. 1997, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice

M.S. 1992, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice

B.S., 1990, Bowling Green State University, Criminal Justice

Office: 100G, Currell College
Research Interests: Jails, perceptions in and of corrections, juvenile justice, survey research
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Dr. Applegate is currently engaged in research exploring public views on offender reentry programs; the intersection of race, public conceptions of typical crimes, and punitiveness; jail officers’ perception and exercise of power over inmates; and the impact of tactical communication on jail officer use of force. Dr. Applegate teaches courses on juvenile justice, corrections, research methodology, and statistics.  He is currently President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and he has previously served as President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Selected Publications

Bolin, R. M. & Applegate, B. K. (2016). Adultification in juvenile corrections: Examining the orientations of juvenile and adult probation and parole officers. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41, 321-339.

Ouellette, H. M. & Applegate, B. K. (2015). The professional ideology of criminologists. The Prison Journal, 95, 287-308.

Bolin, R. & Applegate, B. K. (2015). Adult crime, adult time? Benchmarking public views on punishing serious juvenile felons. Criminal Justice Review, 40, 151-168.