Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Rod K. Brunson

Dean & Professor


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

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Rod Brunson was appointed Dean of the School of Criminal Justice in July 2016.  Dr. Brunson is an award-winning scholar, prolific author, and sought after speaker who is widely known for his expertise regarding the impact of concentrated neighborhood disadvantage, police-community relations, qualitative research methods, and youth violence – specifically, youths’ experiences in neighborhood contexts, with a special focus on the interactions of race, class, and gender, and their relationship to criminal justice practices.  Since joining the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice in 2010, Dr. Brunson embraced various leadership roles at the School by serving as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Doctoral Program Director, as well as participating in university-wide committees including the New Professoriate Study Group that grew out of the RU-N strategic plan, and the Honors Living-Learning Community curriculum committee.

Over the last two decades, Dr. Brunson published more than fifty articles, book chapters, and essays.  His scholarship appears in numerous prominent academic journals such as, 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 recipient of multiple prestigious awards (New Scholar Award, American Society of Criminology, Division on People of Color and Crime, 2008; Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Memorial Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Juvenile Justice Section, 2010), Dr. Brunson’s scholarship continues to gain national and international prominence.



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

Key Publications

Fagan, Jeffrey, Anthony Braga, Rod K. Brunson, and April Pattavina.
Forthcoming. “Stops and Stares: Street Stops, Surveillance and Race in the
New Policing.” Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Pegram, Kashea, Rod. K. Brunson, and Anthony A. Braga. Forthcoming. “The
Doors of the Church are now Open: Black Clergy, Collective Efficacy, and
Neighborhood Violence.” City & Community.

Sahin, Nusret, Anthony A. Braga, Robert Apel, and Rod K. Brunson.
Forthcoming. “The Impact of Procedurally-Just Policing on Citizen
Perceptions of Police during Traffic Stops: The Adana Randomized
Controlled Trial.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Brunson, Rod K. 2015. “Focused Deterrence and Improved Police-Community
Relations: Unpacking the Proverbial “Black Box.” Criminology & Public
Policy. 14:507-514.

Brunson, Rod K., Anthony A. Braga, David Hureau, and Kashea Pegram. 2015.
“We Trust You, But Not That Much: Examining Police-Black Clergy
Partnerships to Reduce Youth Violence.” Justice Quarterly. 32:1006-1036.

Brunson, Rod K. and Ronald Weitzer. 2011. “Negotiating Unwelcome Police
Encounters: The Intergenerational Transmission of Conduct Norms.”
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 40:425-456.

Gau, Jacinta and 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.

Stewart, Eric, Eric P. Baumer, Rod K. Brunson, and Ronald L. Simons.
2009. “Neighborhood Racial Context and Perceptions of Racial
Discrimination among Black Youth. Criminology. 47:847-887.

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

Brunson, Rod K. and Jody Miller. 2006. “Young Black Men and Urban Policing
in the United States.” British Journal of Criminology. 46:613-640.


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