College of Arts and Sciences

Stephen Rice, PhD

  • Stephen Rice, PhD
    PhD, Sociology/Criminology
    Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    Phone: 206-296-2338
    Building/Room: Casey 327


    Stephen Rice studies cooperation and defiance in individuals’ interactions with the justice system (procedural justice, restorative justice; perceptions of racial profiling; police legitimacy; radicalization; final statements (last words) of the condemned); sentinel events; social media and criminal justice; data visualization. He is co-editor of Race, Ethnicity and Policing and Envisioning Criminology  and author of articles on topics to include guardian policing (with Sue Rahr, Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety), radicalization, the variability of anger cross-culturally, and profiling of African Americans, Latinos, and Muslim Americans. More here and at the CV link above.

    Teaching and Research Interests


    Ph.D.2006, University of Florida; Sociology (Criminology concentration)
    M.A.2003, University of Florida; Sociology (Criminology concentration)
    M.S.1993, Florida State University; Criminology & Criminal Justice
    B.A.1989, University of Florida; English - minor Sociology

    Courses Taught

    • Punishment and Social Theory (grad/undergrad)
    • Qualitative Research Methods (grad)
    • Research Methods (grad)
    • Statistics (grad)
    • Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (grad)
    • Organizational Analysis in Criminal Justice (grad)
    • Criminal Justice Organizations
    • Senior Synthesis
    • Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Social Justice
    • Doing Social Research
    • Introduction to Criminological Theory

    Research Interests

    • Criminological theory
    • Cooperation and defiance in individuals' interactions with the justice system
    • Police / community relations
    • Police legitimacy
    • Radicalization
    • Social media and criminal justice
    • Data visualization
    • Procedural justice / restorative justice

    Select Publications

    Michael D. Maltz and Stephen K. Rice (Eds). Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (in-press). New York: Springer.

    Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice (2015). "From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals,” Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, Cambridge: Mass.

    Stephen K. Rice (2015). “Getting Emotional.” In M. Maltz and S. Rice (eds.), Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (in-press). New York: Springer.

    Stephen K. Rice and Robert S. Agnew (2013). “Emotional Correlates of Radicalization and Terrorism.”  In J. Helfgott (ed), Criminal Psychology (vol. 2) (pp. 215-226) (Westport, Conn: Praeger).

    Horton, Randall, Stephen K. Rice, Nicole L. Piquero, and Alex R. Piquero (2012). "On the Variability of Anger Cross-Culturally: An Assessment of General Strain Theory's Primary Mediator." Deviant Behavior 33: 1-22.

    Rice, Stephen K. and Michael D. White (Eds.) (2010). Race, Ethnicity and Policing: New and Essential Readings. New York: New York University Press.

    Hickman, Matthew J. and Stephen K. Rice (2010). “Digital Analysis of Crime Statistics: Does Crime Conform to Benford’s Law?” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 26: 333-349.

    Rice, Stephen K. and William Parkin (2010). “New Avenues for Profiling Research: The Question of Muslim Americans.” In S. K. Rice and M. D. White (eds), Race, Ethnicity and Policing (New York: New York University Press).

    Rice, Stephen K. (2009). “Emotions and Terrorism Research: A Case for a Social-Psychological Agenda.” Journal of Criminal Justice 37: 248-255.

    Rice, Stephen K., Danielle Dirks, and Julie J. Exline (2009). “Of Guilt, Defiance, and Repentance: Evidence from the Texas Death Chamber.” Justice Quarterly 26: 295-326.

    Piquero, Nicole Leeper, Stephen K. Rice, and Alex R. Piquero (2008). “Power, Profit and Pluralism: New Avenues for Research on Restorative Justice and White-Collar Crime.” In H. V. Miller (ed.), Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance (vol 11, pp. 209-229). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

    Rice, Stephen K., John D. Reitzel, and Alex R. Piquero (2005). "Shades of Brown: Perceptions of Racial Profiling and the Intra-Ethnic Differential." Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 3: 47-70.

    Rice, Stephen K. and Alex R. Piquero (2005). “Perceptions of Discrimination and Justice in New York City.” Policing:An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 28:98-117.

    Parker, Karen F., Brian J. Stults and Stephen K. Rice (2005).“Racial Threat, Concentrated Disadvantage and Social Control: Considering the Macro-Level Sources of Variation in Arrests.” Criminology 43: 1111-1134.