Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Franklin T. Wilson received his Ph.D. from the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University (2006), M.S. from the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University (2000), and B.A. from Ohio University (1993). Prior to joining the Criminal Justice faculty at Indiana State University, Dr. Wilson was a faculty member at both the University of Central Missouri and Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his assignment to the Department of Criminology and Criminal justice Dr. Wilson is also an Associated Faculty Member with the Department of African American Studies. Since 2000, he has worked with numerous agencies including the National Institute for Victims Studies, the Texas Counsel on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments, and United States Probation and Pretrial Services. Dr. Wilson is the Founding Chair of the Annual International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. Dr. Wilson is also a member of the Board of Directors for CRIMCAST, an online podcast, which centers on current issues in criminal justice. Dr. Wilson regularly teaches Research Methods, Advanced Criminological Theory, Drugs & Society, and Crime, Media & Popular Culture. His current research and publication interests include crime, media, and popular culture with a focus on cop films and music and crime. Other active areas of research include race and class issues associated with crime, prison cemeteries, island prisons, prison health issues, and issues regarding capital punishment. Dr. Wilson was the winner or the 2010 Indiana State University Tenure-track International Faculty Award.
Current Research Interests
Crime, Media and Popular Culture (current emphasis on the Core Cop Film Genre, Cultivation Theory Applications
with Criminal Justice Majors and Police Officers)
Wilson, F. T. (2004). Out of sight out of mind: An analysis of Kansas v. Crane and the fine line between civil and criminal sanctions. The Prison Journal, 84, 362-379.
Henderson, H. & Wilson, F., (2008) Judicial Interpretation of Reasonableness in Use of Force Cases: An Exploratory Analysis. Contemporary Issues in Criminology and the Social Sciences. 2 (3), 91-110.
Cho, Y. & Wilson, F.T. (2008). Terrorism and media in Korea. Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, 8, 89-98.
Wilson, F. T., (2009). Identifying Large Replicable Film Populations in Social Science Film Research: A unified film population identification methodology. Criminal Justice and Law Review Journal
Wilson, F. T., Longmire, D., & Swymeler, W. (2009). The absence of homosexual police officer depictions in the first three decades of the core cop film genre: Moving towards a cultivation theory perspective. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Editorial and Manuscript Review Activity and Board Memberships
The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture (Editor August 2010 to present)
The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology (Editorial Board Member)
Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies (Manuscript Reviewer)
Member of the Board of Directors for Crimcast, an online podcast, which centers on current issues in criminal justice. Crimcast is downloadable for free from iTunes and also available on the web at www.crimcastpodcast.com.
Interviews, Podcasts, and TV/Radio Appearances
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) 7 August 2012; Curiosity Spurs Criminologist to Document History of Texas Prison Cemetery
The Courier of Montgomery County 5 August 2012: America's Common Ground
Bloomington Herald Times 5 August 2012: Criminologist Documents Story of Largest Prison Cemetery in US
UPI 4 August 2012: Historic Prison Cemetery Filling Up
Houston Chronicle 4 August 2012: Eternity's Gate Slowly Closing at Peckerwood Hill
Huntsville Item 17 July 2012: SHSU Alumnus Writing Book on Prison Cemetery
Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice News 16 June 2012: Alumnus Unearths Stories from Prison Graveyard
Sociological Images 24 Feb 2012: Prisons, Social Class, and One’s Final Resting Place
John Jay College Center on Media, Crime and Justice The Crime Report 5 Jan 2012: Texas Maintains Larges Prison Grave Yard: 2100 Burials So Far
Grits for Breakfast Blog 5 Jan 2012: Texas Prison Burials are a Gentle Touch in a Punitive System
New York Times 4 Jan 2012: Texas Prisoner Burials Are a Gentle Touch in a Punitive System
CrimCast Podcast 24 June 2011: International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference
Courses Taught (2000-2010)
Crime and the Media
Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior
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