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Dr. Joel Miller

Associate Professor


Ph.D. (2002) University of Surrey


Dr. Miller has spent nearly two decades conducting criminal justice research in both academic and policy settings and joined the Rutgers faculty in 2009. His work is international in scope, reflecting a career that has seen employment at the UK Home Office, the University of Malaga in Spain, and the Vera Institute of Justice, New York. He has conducted research on a range of criminological topics including, lifestyles and offending, risk assessment, offender rehabilitation, and police accountability. A defining focus of Dr Miller’s research is how rule-breaking behaviors, among both criminal justice practitioners and offenders, are structured by the contexts in which they operate, including physical places and the networks and institutions with which they routinely interact.


Recent Publications

Miller, J., Caplan, J.M., & Ostermann, M. (2016). Home nodes, criminogenic places, and parolee failure: Testing an environmental model of offender risk. Crime and Delinquency. 62, 169-199.

Miller, J. & D’Souza, A. (2016). Indirect effects of police searches on community attitudes to the police: Resentment or reassurance? The British Journal of Criminology, 56, 456-478.

Maloney, C. & Miller, J. (2015). The impact of a risk assessment instrument on juvenile detention decision-making: A check on “perceptual shorthand” and “going rates”? Justice Quarterly, 32(5), 900-927.

Miller, J. (2015). Contemporary modes of probation officer supervision: The triumph of the “synthetic” officer?  Justice Quarterly, 32(2), 314-336.