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John McCluskey

Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts

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John McCluskey

Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts


BA, MA, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany


John McCluskey earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, and we suspect he may have attended kindergarten there as well. His primary teaching areas include Criminal Justice and Theory. His most recent research has included the study of body camera adoption in two divisions of LAPD with Justice and Security Strategies, a large scale longitudinal data collection effort to measure prevalence, causes, and consequences of teacher victimization in San Antonio, Texas with Dr. Byongook Moon, and a national study of the evidentiary value of body worn camera among prosecutors and defense attorneys.


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3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to criminal justice. One of the primary goals of this course is to provide a general understanding of how the criminal justice system responds to crime in society. The main component parts of the criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, and corrections) will be examined with a particular emphasis on developing an understanding of the behavior and interactions among the main actors in the criminal justice system. To accomplish this goal, we will examine how criminal cases are processed in the criminal justice system. We will also consider how external forces, such as political decisions, public opinion, and the media influence criminal justice decision-making. Students will also formulate, argue, and evaluate ethical perspectives regarding criminal justice systems, individual-level decisions, and recognize relationships with other ethical problems in society. Finally, throughout the course we will emphasize how the societal response to crime has evolved over time.
3 Credits
In this pro-seminar, students examine the theoretical foundation of criminal justice. This course integrates studies of criminal justice systems, enforcement organizations, judicial decision-making, courtroom communities and correctional systems by focusing on the study of governmental social control premised on punishment or blameworthiness. It examines the underlying causes and patterns of official responses to behavior that may be labeled criminal, and the structures, policies, and practices of criminal justice.
3 Credits
This course will be tailored to individual students’ research interests as they explore areas of inquiry that may become topics for their thesis research. An emphasis will be placed on building a theoretically informed research question via existing literature and research in criminal justice and other disciplines (economics, psychology, sociology, and so on). Parallel to that effort, students will work to identify locally relevant research questions, potential research designs, and possible projects and/or agencies with whom which to conduct this research.

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Invited Article/Publication
McCluskey, John, et al. "Data science and criminal justice: An invitation and cautionary note." ACJS Today. (2018). Web.
McCluskey, John D. and Jeffrey M. Cancino. "Commercial and Bank Robbery." Oxford Online Annotated Bibliographies. (2014). Print.
Journal Paper
McCluskey, John and Michael Reisig. "Explaining procedural justice during police-suspect encounters: A systematic social observation study." Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 40. 3 (2017): 574-586. Print.
Moon, Byongook and John McCluskey. "School-Based Victimization of Teachers in Korea: Focusing on Individual and School Characteristics." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 31. 17 (2016): 1340—1361. Print.
McCluskey, John, Byongook Moon, and Sangwon Lee. "Korean Police Officer Attitudes Toward the Use of Force." Asian Journal of Criminology 10. 1 (2015): 7-22. Print.
McCluskey, John D., et al. "Does Organizational Structure Matter? Investigation Centralization, Case Clearances, and Robberies." Police Quarterly 17. 3 (2014): 250-257. Print.
McCluskey, John D., et al. "Researcher-practitioner Partnerships & Crime Analysis: A Case Study in Action Research." Police Practice and Research 15. 5 (2014): 404-418. Print.
Moon, Byongook, et al. "Parent and Teacher Practices as Sources of Low Self-Control: Evidence from Korea." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 12. 2 (2014): 167-187. Print.
McCluskey, John D., et al. "Gender, General Theory of Crime, and Computer Crime." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 57. 4 (2013): 460-478. Print.
McCluskey, John D. "A Comparison of Robbers? Use of Physical Coercion in Commercial and Street Robberies." Crime & Delinquency 59. 3 (2013): 419-442. Print.
McCluskey, John, et al. "The Gap Between Reality and Research: Another Look at Detecting Deception in the Field Settings." Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 35. 4 (2012): 723-740. Print.
McCluskey, John, Byongook Moon, and Merry Morash. "Causes of School Bullying: Empirical Test of a General Theory of Crime, Differential Association Theory, and General Strain Theory." Crime and Deliquency 57. 6 (2012): 849-877. Print.
Book Chapter
McClusky, John D., Robert Worden, and Sarah McLean. "Police Legitimacy and Police Encounters." Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2013. 3665-3675. Web.
McCluskey, John D., Roger Parks, and Stephen Mastrofski. "Systematic Social Observation in Criminology." Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2013. 5124-5133. Web.
McClusky, John D. "Explaining Police Officers' Discretion in Providing Services and Assistance." Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2013. 3607-3616. Web.
Published Article
Moon, Byongook, John D. McCluskey, and Cynthia P.McCluskey. “A General Theory of Crime and Computer Crime: An Empirical Test.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 38.4 (2010): 767-772. Print. *