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Dr. Pete Kraska

  • Professor


Contact Information

  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 466
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467
  • Email:
  • Phone: (859)622-2011


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 militarization, criminal justice theory, and criminological research methods, publishing numerous books and influential academic journal articles. He has testified at the U.S. Senate and in numerous congressional hearings in various states. His work is routinely featured in media outlets such as 60 Minutes, The Economist, Washington Post, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He recently developed model “No-Knock” legislation on no-knock police raids with Campaign Zero, and is helping to pass this legislation in over 60 state and local legislative bodies.

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

Police Militarization 101

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
CPL 812Lead w Pol, Eth, and Emo Intel  Internet Classes Fall 2023
CPL 835Adv Jus Admin and Leadership  Internet Classes Fall 2023
CPL 840Adult Corrections  Internet Classes Fall 2023
CRJ 313Criminal Justice EthicsM 6:00pm-9:00pm Stratton Building 423Fall 2023
GRD 897AMS Corr/JJ Stud Written Comp   Fall 2023
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