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Dr. Jason 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

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 PM

Areas of Specialization

Morality and ideology
Public opinion about crime and criminal justice
Police-citizen relations


Jason R. Silver is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers–Newark. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2018. His research centers on applying moral psychological theory to understand the role of moral cognition in crime, deviance, and criminal justice. His research in this area has focused on punishment preferences, criminalization preferences, and perceptions of the police, as well offender and court actor decision-making. He is also interested more generally in public opinion about crime and criminal justice, as well as in the roles of different forms of ideology in shaping justice-related attitudes.


Recent Publications

Silver, E., Ulmer, J. T., & Silver, J. R. (2023). Do moral intuitions influence judges’ sentencing decisions? A multilevel study of criminal court sentencing in Pennsylvania. Social Science Research, advance online publication.

Silver, J. R., & Ulmer, J. T. (2023). Moral intuitions, punishment ideology, and judicial sentencing. Journal of Crime and Justice, advance online publication.

Silver, J. R., & Shi, L. (2023). Punishing protesters on the “other side”: Partisan bias in public support for repressive and punitive responses to protest violence. Socius, advance online publication.

Silver, J. R., & Berryessa, C. M. (2023). Remorse, perceived offender immorality, and lay sentencing preferences. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 19, 425-463.

Hickert, A., Shi, L., & Silver, J. R. (2022). Is compassion the flip side of punitiveness? Incorporating COVID-19 crisis in experimental vignettes to examine support for visitation & vaccination in prison. Journal of Experimental Criminology, advance online publication.