Dr. Matthew Robinson has been with the Department of Government and Justice Studies since 1997, after earning his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Florida State University. Since Dr. Robinson’s original areas of expertise revolve around criminological theory and crime prevention, he teaches courses in those areas, including “Theories of Crime and Justice” (CJ 3400) every semester. Students learn about two of his own theories of crime in that course, his integrated systems theory (aimed at explaining antisocial behavior generally) and his contextual anomie and strain theory (aimed at explaining corporate crime in particular). He has also expanded his teaching and research expertise into areas of policy, including capital punishment (death penalty) and US drug control policy (drug war); Dr. Robinson teaches elective courses in those areas. He also teaches a general education course called “Ínjustice in America” (CJ 3450) where students learn to compare the ideals of American criminal justice with actual practice, focusing on ways in which police, courts, and corrections fall short of what citizens expect.
Dr. Robinson is the author of 19 academic books, most recently, Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice (Carolina Academic Press, 2017), as well as more than 100 other publications in journal articles, books, encyclopedias, and newsletters. He has authored scores of op-eds in newspapers across the country and regularly appears in media stories of crime and criminal justice. Dr. Robinson also maintains a blog devoted to media and crime at: http://mediacriminaljustice.blogspot.com/
When Dr. Robinson is not on campus, he is walking or hiking with his dog, Butterscotch, lending a helping hand at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, playing guitar and recording music, writing poetry, practicing kung fu, or spending time with his children. You can read his first novella, The Test (about a rookie police officer who aced every test in academy training and his field training placement but who is called back by superiors to "clarify an unresolved issue in his testing") as well as his first book of poetry, Origins, at Amazon.com!
Areas of Expertise & Interest:
• Criminological Theory
• Crime Prevention
• Capital Punishment (Death Penalty)
• US Drug Control Policy (Drug War)
• Justice Theory (Social Justice)
• Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Florida State University
• M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Florida State University
• B.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Florida State University
• A.A., St. Petersburg College
• CJ 1100, Introduction to Criminal Justice
• CJ 3400, Theories of Crime and Justice
• CJ 2430, Corrections
• CJ 3450, Injustice in America
• CJ 3531, Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
• CJ 3535, 9/11
• CJ 3536, Crime Prevention
• CJ/PS 3537, War on Drugs
• CJ 4450, Death Penalty
• CJ 4530, Conspiracies, Cover-ups, and Crimes
• HON 1515, Justice Theory and Practice
• CJ 5150, American Justice System and Social Justice
• CJ/PS 5525, 9/11 Seminar: Failures, Responses, Lessons Learned
• CJ 5660, Crime Theory & Policy
• CJ 5665, Contemporary Criminological Theory
• CJ 5670, Crime Analysis and Criminal Justice Planning
• PS 5500, US Domestic and International Responses to 9/11
Most recent books:
Robinson, Matthew B. (2017). The Media: Crime and Criminal Justice in the
News and Entertainment (3rd Ed.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Caravelis-Hughes, Cynthia, and Matthew B. Robinson (2016). Social Justice, Criminal Justice: The Role of American Law in Effecting and Preventing Social Change. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). Criminal Injustice: How Politics and
Ideology Distort American Ideals. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Most recent articles and chapters:
Robinson, Matthew B. (2017). Media coverage of capital punishment. Handbook on Capital Punishment (Edited by Robert Bohm & Gavin Lee). New York: Routledge.
Zaitzow, Barbara, & Robinson, Matthew B. (2017). Archival data sets: Revisiting issues and considerations. The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants. London: Sage.
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). Media coverage of policing. Journal of Police
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). Introduction to Race and Ethnicity. Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (Edited by Matthew Robinson). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). How Race and Ethnicity Impact the Criminal Law. Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (Edited by Matthew Robinson). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Robinson, Matthew B. (2015). Summary and the Future. Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (Edited by Matthew Robinson). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Title: Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-6560
Office address350F Anne Belk Hall