Rice Publishes Envisioning Criminology

Written by Laura Paskin
October 26, 2015

Criminal Justice Professor Stephen Rice edited Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (Springer, 2015) with Professor Emeritus Michael Maltz of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The book features leading scholars engaged in the research process.

"Our focus is on the behind-the-scenes elements of research in criminology and criminal justice," Rice said. "We examine why researchers select particular problems, how they approach those problems, and how their background, training, and experience influenced the approaches they took."

In addition to editing the book, Rice wrote the chapter "Getting Emotional," which aims to better understand how matters such as humiliation, shame, and rage can condition defiance and criminal behavior, and how, conversely, desires for reconciliation and restoration afford softer areas of understanding. Tapping into these themes, the chapter outlines a study assessing the emotional makeup of condemned inmates' final statements in Texas.

Also included in the book is a chapter by Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman: "'I Want You to Wear Something for Me': On the In Situ Measurement of Police Stress and the Potential Rewards of Channeling One's Inner Experimentalist." Hickman?s chapter addresses the measurement of police stress through real-time physiological indicators, geo-located to enable the mapping of police stress across officer work environments.

Rice, who received his PhD from the University of Florida, joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2008. He focuses his research and scholarship on cooperation and defiance in individuals' interactions with the justice system (perceptions of racial profiling; procedural and restorative justice; police legitimacy; radicalization; final statements of the condemned), social media and criminal justice, and police expertise. He is co-editor ofRace, Ethnicity and Policing and Envisioning Criminology and author of articles on topics to include guardian policing (Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety), radicalization, the variability of anger cross-culturally, and profiling of African Americans, Latinos, and Muslim Americans.

Hickman, who received his PhD from Temple University, focuses his research and writing on issue in law enforcement (ethics, stress, and police behavior), research methods, and the role of forensic evidence in the administration of justice. Hickman, who joined the college faculty in 2007, recently edited, with K. Strom, Forensic Science and the Administration of Justice: Critical Issues and Directions (2014, California: Sage).

Both Rice and Hickman teach in the undergraduate Criminal Justice degree programs and the graduate Master's in Criminal Justice program and Certificate in Crime Analysis programs.