Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Rod K. Brunson



Ph.D. (2003) University of Illinois at Chicago (Area of concentration: Criminology)



Rod Brunson’s research examines youths’ experiences in neighborhood contexts, with a specific focus on the interactions of race, class, and gender, and their relationship to criminal justice practices.  He has authored or coauthored more than 50 articles, book chapters, and essays.  Dr. Brunson’s work appears in the British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Gender & Society, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Sociological Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.  He is the 2008 recipient of the New Scholar Award, American Society of Criminology, Division on People of Color and Crime.  He also received the 2010 Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Memorial Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Juvenile Justice Section.

Areas of Specialization
Communities & Violent Crime
Police-community Relations
Qualitative Research Methods

Key Publications

Brunson, Rod K. Forthcoming. "Focused Deterrence and Improved Police-Community Relations: Unpacking the Proverbial 'Black Box.'" Criminology & Public Policy.

Brunson, Rod K., Anthony A. Braga, David Hureau, and Kashea Pegram. Forthcoming. “We Trust You, But Not That Much: Examining Police-Black Clergy Partnerships to Reduce Youth Violence.” Justice Quarterly.

Brunson, Rod K. and Jacinta Gau. 2015. “Officer Race vs. Macrolevel Context: A Test of Competing Hypotheses about Black Citizens’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Black Police Officers.” Crime & Delinquency. 61:213-242.

Corsaro, Nicholas, Rod K. Brunson, and Edmund McGarrell. 2013. “Problem-Oriented Policing and Open-Air Drug Markets: Examining the Pulling Levers Deterrence Strategy in Rockford, Illinois.” Crime & Delinquency. 59: 1085-1107.

Berg, Mark T., Eric A. Stewart, Rod K. Brunson, and Ronald L. Simons. 2012.
“Neighborhood Cultural Heterogeneity and Adolescent Violence.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 28: 411-435.

Brunson, Rod K., & Ronald Weitzer. 2011. “Negotiating unwelcome Police encounters: The intergenerational transmission of conduct norms.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 40: 425-456.

Gau, Jacinta M., & Rod K. Brunson. 2010. “Procedural justice and order maintenance policing: A study of inner-city young men’s perceptions of police legitimacy.” Justice Quarterly. 27: 255-279.

Cobbina, Jennifer E., Jody Miller, & Rod K. Brunson. 2008. “Gender, neighborhood danger, and risk-avoidance strategies among urban African –American youths.”
Criminology. 46: 673-709.

Brunson, Rod K. 2007. “‘Police Don't Like Black People’: African American Young Men's Accumulated Police Experiences.” Criminology & Public Policy. 6:71-102.


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