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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 University–Newark. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2018. Broadly, his research centers on exploring the roles of morality and ideology in shaping how people approach criminal justice and crime. His work to date has explored moral and ideological drivers of public attitudes about crime and criminal justice, including punishment preferences and perceptions of the police, as well as how morality and ideology may inform decision-making among court actors and people who engage in crime.

Recent Publications

Silver, J. R., & Moule, R. K. (2023). Should we defund “bad police” or reform “bad policing”? Examining person-centered and act-based moral evaluations of police and policing policy preferences. Crime and Delinquency, 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.

Silver, J. R., Pickett, J. T., Barnes, J. C., Bontrager Ryon, S., & Roe-Sepowitz, D. (2022). Why men (don’t) buy sex: Purity moralization and perceived harm as constraints on prostitution offending. Sexual Abuse, 34(2), 180-206.