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Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Ben Stickle is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force, administration, and operations), property crime (metal theft, burglary, and package theft) with a theoretical focus on crime prevention, environmental crime, rational choice, and ethnography. Ben has published in peer-reviewed journals on these and other topics and is the author of, Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit (Springer, 2017).

Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the criminal justice field, including service as Sheriff’s Deputy, Advanced Police Officer, Advanced Crime Scene Processor, and Private Security Officer. Ben is a two-time President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Ben is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII) and holds multiple professional certifications. Ben has served as an expert witness on matters involving police administration and is currently a scientific consultant and program evaluator for several Bureau of Justice grants totaling over 1 million dollars.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Middle Tennessee State University

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Louisville, Ph.D. / Justice Administration

Publications

  • 2019
    Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society
  • 2017
    Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2017
    Does the Use of Physical Force During Contact with the Police Affect One’s Perception of Procedural Justice? , Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • 2016
    A National Examination of the Effect of Education, Training, and Pre-Employment Screening on Law Enforcement Use of Force, Justice Policy Journal
  • 2015
    Messages in the Music: A Lyrical Analysis of Rap, Country, Pop, and Christian Music., Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology
  • 2015
    Examining Public Willingness-to-pay for Burglary Prevention. , Crime Prevention and Community Safety