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The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Christi Metcalfe

Assistant Professor
Alpha Phi Sigma Advisor


Ph.D. 2014, Florida State University, Criminology and criminal justice

M.S. 2010, Florida State University, Criminology and criminal justice

B.S. 2009, Florida State University, Political science

Office: 110, Currell College
Research Interests: Criminal courts, criminal justice systems, developmental and life course criminology, punitive attitudes, quantitative methods
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Dr. Metcalfe's work involving criminal courts centers on the operation of trial courts as organizational systems. Based on this line of inquiry, her dissertation and current research explores the impact of courtroom workgroups on case processing, focusing on the importance of the courtroom workgroup and the plea process in explaining disparities in defendant outcomes. Her research also centers on the study of crime over the life course. Most of her work in this area explores persistence and desistance in offending, with particular emphasis on explaining the time gaps that occur between offenses. Lastly, some of her recent work is concentrated on punitive attitudes. This research is broadly focused on the effect of both racial/ethnic threat and fear of crime on support for punitive policies.

Selected Publications

Metcalfe, C. & Chiricos, T. (2017). Race, plea, and charge reduction: An assessment of racial disparities in the plea process. Justice Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1304564.

Metcalfe, C. (2016). The role of courtroom workgroups in felony case dispositions: An analysis of workgroup familiarity and similarity. Law and Society Review, 50, 637-673.

Metcalfe, C., Wolfe, S. E., Gertz, E., & Gertz, M. (2016). They protect our homeland but neglect our community: Homeland security overemphasis, legitimacy, and public cooperation in Israel. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 53, 814-839.