Stephen Rice, PhD

PhD, Sociology/Criminology

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics

Phone: 206-296-2338

Building/Room: Casey 330-18

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Stephen K. Rice, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Seattle University. His research focuses on cooperation and defiance in individuals’ interactions with the justice system. Toward this end, his work has focused on topics to include emotions and crime, radicalization, procedural and restorative justice, racial / ethnic profiling (African Americans, Latinos, Muslim Americans), police / community relations (e.g., police officer as “guardian”), final statements of the condemned, and social media and criminal justice. His publications have appeared in outlets to include Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, Policing, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety. He is also co-editor of Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (Springer) and Race, Ethnicity, and Policing: New and Essential Readings (NYU Press). 

His scholarship has been featured in public outlets to include The Final Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

For the past seven years, Dr. Rice has served as Internship Director for the Department of Criminal Justice at Seattle University. In this role he has placed and mentored dozens of students into internships with agencies to include the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Honors Internship), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Investigations Service, Microsoft Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, he was an Assistant Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and elected member of the doctoral faculty in criminal justice for the City University of New York (CUNY).  He has taught in areas to include research methods, statistics, punishment and social theory, criminological theory, criminal justice organizations, qualitative methods, and public policy and criminal justice. Rice received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2006. He is currently a Counselor at Large for the Western Society of Criminology and a member of American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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.