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Dr. Pete Kraska

  • Professor


Contact Information

  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 466
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467
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  • Phone: (859)622-1980


Dr. Pete Kraska

Dr. Pete Kraska is a professor in the School of Justice Studies. He has distinguished himself as a leading scholar in the areas of police and criminal justice militarization, criminal justice theory, and mixed methods research. 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. Dr. Kraska’s work has received national and international recognition. He is frequently asked to present his research and findings to academic and policy audiences, including most recently testifying for the U.S. Senate on police militarization. His work has also been featured in media outlets such as 60 Minutes, The Economist, Washington Post, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and PBS News Hour.

Frequently Requested Talks / Presentations

-Dr. Pete Kraska Speaks at Advancing Justice Conference

-The Hammer of Militarism; Kraska's Chautauqua Talk

- Kraska's U.S. Senate Testimony

Frequently Requested Articles

- Exploding Number of Swat Teams Sets Off Alarms

- The Relationship Between Community Policing and Militarized Policing

- Police Sexual Violence Against Female Citizens Article

- 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


- Criminal Justice Research Methods

- Theorizing Criminal Justice

- Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System



-Disciplinary, Theoretical, and Philosophical Foundations



Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
GRD 897AMS Corr/JJ Stud Written Comp   Fall 2019
GRD 898AMS Corr/JJ Studies Oral Comp   Fall 2019
GRD 898BMS Corr/JJ Stud Thesis Defense   Fall 2019
JPL 818Rsrch Mthds Jstc Plcy and Ldrs  Internet Classes SITEFall 2019
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