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Dr. Jasmine Silver

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. (2018) Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY; M.A. (2015) Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY; B.S. & B.A. (2013) Crime, Law, and Justice & Sociology, Penn State University

Office Location

CLJ, 579 D

Areas of Specialization

Morality and moral judgment
Public opinion
Police-citizen relations


Jasmine Silver is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers–Newark. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2018. Her research centers on applying moral psychological theory to understand the role of moral cognition in crime, deviance, and criminal justice. Recently, her research in this area has focused on attitudes about punishment, criminalization preferences, and perceptions of the police, as well as on decisions about offending and suicide. She is interested more generally in public opinion about crime and criminal justice, as well as in ideology as a source of justice-related attitudes.


Recent Publications

Silver, J.R. (Forthcoming). Binding morality and perceived harm as sources of moral regulation law support among political and religious conservatives. Law and Society Review 

Silver, E., Silver, J.R., & Sigfusdottir, I.D. (Forthcoming). Moral intuitions and suicide risk: Results from a national sample of Icelandic youth. Social Forces

Wheeler, A.P., Silver, J.R., McLean, S.J., & Worden, R.E. (2019). Mapping attitudes toward the police at micro-places. Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Vaughn, T.J., Holleran, L.B., & Silver, J.R. (2019). Applying moral foundations theory to the explanation of capital jurors’ sentencing decisions. Justice Quarterly, 36, 1176-1205.

Silver, J.R. (2017). Moral foundations, intuitions of justice, and the intricacies of punitive sentiment. Law and Society Review, 51, 413-450.

Silver, J.R., & Pickett, J.P. (2015). Understanding politicized policing attitudes: Conflicted conservatism and support for police use of force.” Criminology, 53, 650-676.