Joel Garner, Ph.D.

Joel GarnerSenior Research Fellow

Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Ph.D., The George Washington University (1986)
B.A., Valparaiso University (1969)

Dr. Garner received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University. Between 1974 and 1990, he served as a research program manager at the National Institute of Justice. He was the Director of Research at the U.S. Sentencing Commission (1990 to 1991) and the Joint Centers for Justice Studies (1994 to 2009), a nonprofit research institute in Shepherdstown West Virginia. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the Chief of Law Enforcement Statistics at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. 

Dr. Garner has previous taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the criminology programs at Rutgers University, the University of Maryland, and George Mason University. He has published over three dozen research reports on a variety of issues, including police use of force, intimate partner violence, uses of experimental designs in criminology, sentencing policy and court delay. His current research program includes the specific deterrent effects of prosecution, conviction and jail for intimate partner violence, the crime control effects of collective efficacy, and alternative methods for synthesizing knowledge from a variety of individual research projects.