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Dr. Todd Clear

University Professor


Ph.D., University at Albany; M.A., Criminal Justice, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Albany; B.A., Honors in Sociology, Social Work, Anderson College

Dr. Todd Clear

Todd R. Clear is University Professor of Criminal Justice.  He has served previously as Provost of the University, and before that Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Clear has also held professorships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor), Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Ball State University. Clear has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU Press.  Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy.  He is currently involved in studies of mass incarceration, the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment, and college programs in prisons.  Clear has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association.  He was the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology.


Recent Publications

Todd R. Clear and Natasha Frost, The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass incarceration in America, NY: NYU Press (2013).

Todd R. Clear, Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse. NY: Oxford University Press (2007).

Natasha A. Frost, Joshua D. Freilich, and Todd R. Clear, eds., Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy: Policy Proposals for the American Society of Criminology Conference. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth (2009).

Natasha A. Frost, Todd R. Clear, and Carlos E. Monteiro, “Ending Mass Incarceration: Six Bold Reforms to Rapidly          Reduce Incarceration without Compromising Public Safety,”  in Ernest Drucker, ed., Decarcerating             America,  NY: New Press, 2017.

Natasha Frost and Todd R. Clear, “Theories of Mass Incarceration,” Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment, edited by John Wooldredge and Paula Smith, NY: Oxford, 2016.

Natasha A. Frost and Todd R. Clear, “Coercive Mobility,” in Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, NY: Oxford, 2013, 691-708.