Jessica Peterson

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Office: Taylor Hall 213
Phone: 541-552-6650


Ph.D. Criminal Justice (Maurer School of Law minor), Indiana University, 2021

M.A. Criminal Justice, Indiana University, 2017

B.S. Criminal Justice, Texas Christian University, 2013

B.S. Psychology, Texas Christian University, 2013


Joined the SOU Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in 2022

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska Kearney, 2020-2022

Associate Instructor (as a graduate student), Indiana University, 2014-2017

Teaching and Research Areas:

The American Criminal Justice System, Policing, Rural Communities and Justice, Crime and Media, Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System, Qualitative Methods, Criminology, Juvenile Justice and Policy

Recent Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Peterson, J. R. Notes for the rural criminologist: Conducting field research with rural law enforcement. (2022). International Journal of Rural Criminology, 7(1), 148-160.

Peterson, J. R. ‘We handle it, I guess you’d say, the East Texas way’: Place-based effects on the police decision-making process and non-arrest outcomes. (2022). Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.

Saunders, J.*, Hipple, N. K., Nicole, K., Peterson, J. (2020). Estimating the impact of research practitioner partnerships on evidence-based program implementation. Justice Quarterly,

Hipple, N. K.*, Saunders, J., Allison, K. N., Peterson, J. (2020). What does success look like? Lessons from the innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) program. Justice Evaluation Journal.


Harkness, A., Peterson, J. R., Bowden, M., Pedersen, C., & Donnermeyer, J. F. (Eds.) (2022). The Encyclopedia of Rural Crime. Bristol University Press.

Weisheit, R. A., Peterson, J. R., Pytlarz, A. (Eds.). (2022). Research Methods for Rural Criminologists. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

Invited Lectures/Participation:

RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, 2022: Invited to serve on panel of researchers and practitioners tasked with creating a Rural Justice Roadmap 

Lecture, 2022: Invited to lecture (virtual) on Rural Policing in America for Rural Criminology course at the University of New England, Australia

Professional Organizations, Affiliations, and Activities:

  • The American Society of Criminology, 2015-Present
  • The International Society for the Study of Rural Crime, Secretary, 2020-Present
  • Rural Sociological Society, 2021-Present
  • International Journal of Rural Criminology, Editorial Board Member & Special Issue Guest Editor 2021-Present
  • Bristol University Press “Research in Rural Crime” Book Series, Editorial Board Member, 2022-Present