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 25 academic books, most recently, Lessons in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 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. Robinson was recently ranked the 19th most influential criminologist in the world by Academic Influence.

When Dr. Robinson is not on campus, he is walking or hiking with his dog, Butterscotch, and wife, Briana, creating and brewing new beers as the Head Brewer at Ring Finger Craft Brews, or writing poetry. 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 25 books of poetry, at Amazon.com! He also has a book of 120 poems published with Austin Macauley Publishing under the title, The Plunge.

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