Dr. Matthew Robinson

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 Florida State University. He is the author of 21 academic books, most recently, Criminal Injustice: How Politics and Ideology Distort American Ideals (Carolina Academic Press, 2020), 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. 

When Dr. Robinson is not on campus, he is walking or hiking with his dog, Butterscotch, creating and brewing new beers as the Head Brewer at Ring Finger Craft Brews, 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 any of his ten brief books of poetry at Amazon.com! He also has a book of 333 poems under review with a literary press now, and another on the way. 

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

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate courses
    • CJ 1100, Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJ 3001, Writing in 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
  • Graduate courses
    • 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


Title: Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: robinsnmb@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6560

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
350F Anne Belk Hall