Dr. Pete Kraska

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  • Chair of Graduate Program/Professor

Bio

Contact Information

  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 466
  • Email: peter.kraska@eku.edu
  • Phone: 622-1980
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467

Bio

Dr. Pete Kraska is Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Justice Studies. He has distinguished himself as a leading scholar in the areas of criminal justice theory, police and criminal justice militarization, and research methods. He has published seven books including Criminal Justice and Criminology Research Methods, Theorizing Criminal Justice: Eight Essential Orientations, and Militarizing The American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and Police. Dr. Kraska’s research has also been published in a number of leading journals, including the British Journal of Criminology, Social Problems, Justice Quarterly, and Policing and Society.

His recent research interests include making theoretical sense of the emergence of underground cage-fighting, the trend to legalize through medicalization the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and a continuation of study into the blurring distinction between criminal justice and the military in the wars on drugs and terrorism.

Dr. Kraska’s work has received national and international attention; it has been featured in media outlets such as The Economist, Washington Post, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, Peter Jennings’s World News Tonight, and the PBS News Hour.

Frequently Requested Articles

- Kraska's U.S. Senate Testimony

- Police Militarization Documentary

- Normalising Police Militarisation, Living in Denial

- Fighting is the Most Real and Honest Thing: Violence and the Civilization/Barbarism Dialectic

- Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police

- Criminal Justice Theory: Toward Legitimacy and an Infrastructure

- Militarizing American Police: The Rise and Normalization of Paramilitary Units

- Militarizing Mayberry and Beyond:  Making Sense of American Paramilitary Policing

- Trafficking in Bodily Perfection: Examining the Late-Modern Steroid Marketplace and Its Criminalization

- Enjoying Militarism: Political/Personal Dilemmas in Studying U.S. Police Paramilitary Units

- Moving Beyond our Methodological Default: A Case for Mixed Methods

Books

- Criminal Justice Research Methods

- Theorizing Criminal Justice

- Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System

Courses

Subject  TitleTimeLocationTerm
COR 835Corr/Juv Just Leadership & Ad  Internet Classes SITEFall 2014
CRJ 800Advanced Crimi Justice Studies2:00pm-4:45pm Stratton Building 446Fall 2014
GRD 897AMS Corr/JJ Stud Written Comp   Fall 2014
GRD 897BMS Crim Justice Written Comp   Fall 2014
GRD 898AMS Corr/JJ Studies Oral Comp   Fall 2014
GRD 898BMS Corr/JJ Stud Thesis Defense   Fall 2014
GRD 898CMS Crim Justice Thesis Defense   Fall 2014