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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 moral judgment
Public opinion
Police-citizen relations


Jason Silver (formerly Jasmine 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

Shi, L., Silver, J. R., & Hickert, A. (In press.) Conceptualizing and measuring public stigma towards people with prison records. Criminal Justice and Behavior

Silver, J. R., & Berryessa, C. (2021). Remorse, perceived offender immorality, and lay sentencing preferences. Journal of Experimental Criminology, online first. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-021-09488-5

Silver, J. R., Pickett, J. T., Barnes, J. C., Bontrager, S. R., & Roe-Sepowitz, D. (2021). Why men (don’t) buy sex: Purity moralization and perceived harm as constraints on prostitution offending. Sexual Abuse, advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/10790632211002859

Silver, E., & Silver, J. R. (2021). Morality and self-control: The role of binding and individualizing moral motives. Deviant Behavior, 42(3), 366-385.

Silver, E., Silver, J. R., & Sigfusdottir, I. D. (2021). Moral intuitions and suicide risk: Results from a national sample of Icelandic youth. Social Forces, 99(4), 1799–1826.

Brown, E., & Silver, J. R. (2020). The moral foundations of crime control in American presidential platforms, 1968-2016. Punishment and Society, advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474520966979

Silver, J. R., & Silver, E. (2020). The nature and role of morality in offending: A moral foundations approach. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022427820960201

Silver, J. R. (2020). Moral motives, police legitimacy, and acceptance of force. Policing: An International Journal, 43(5), 799-815.

Silver, J. R. (2020). Binding morality and perceived harm as sources of moral regulation law support among political and religious conservatives. Law and Society Review, 54(3), 680-719.

Wheeler, A. P., Silver, J. R., McLean, S. J., & Worden, R. E. (2020). Mapping attitudes toward the police at micro-places. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 36, 877–906.

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(7), 1176-1205.

 Silver, J. R. (2017). Moral foundations, intuitions of justice, and the intricacies of punitive sentiment. Law and Society Review, 51(2), 413-450.

Silver, J. R., & Silver, E. (2017). Why are conservatives more punitive than liberals? A moral foundations approach. Law and Human Behavior, 41(3), 258-272.

Silver, J. R., & Pickett, J. T. (2015). Understanding politicized policing attitudes: Conflicted conservatism and support for police use of force. Criminology, 53(4), 650-676.