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.
Dr. Wilson’s research and publication interests include the depiction of municipal police officers in the media and its impact on recruitment and retention. Additionally, Dr. Wilson is currently researching and writing a book on the largest prison cemetery in the United States. Other areas of research and publication interests include Race & Socioeconomic Class Issues, Public & Prison Health Issues, Death Penalty Issues and The History of Island Prisons. His research has been published in leading journals such as The Prison Journal, Women & Criminal Justice, Race & Justice, and the Journal of Crime Justice and Popular Culture. Additionally, his research has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, Pittsburg Gazette, Houston Chronicle, and U.S. Catholic.
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. He regularly teaches Research Methods, Advanced Criminological Theory, Drugs & Society, and Crime & Media. Dr. Wilson was the winner or the 2010 Indiana State University Tenure-track International Faculty Award. He was also invited and served as a topic area chair for the “Media and Crime” Section of the 2013 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference.
Current Research Interests
Crime, Media and Popular Culture (current emphasis on depictions of
Municipal Police Officers and Cultivation Theory Applications
with Criminal Justice Majors and Police Officers)
Grimes, J. N. & Wilson, F. (Accepted with Revisions). Public opinion polls and criminal justice policy: A diminishing influence. Criminal Justice and Law Review Journal.
Wilson, F. T.
& Henderson, H. (In-Press). The criminological cultivation of African
American municipal police officers: Sambo or sellout. Race and Justice:
An International Journal. (The Official Journal of The American
Society of Criminology Division on People of Color and Crime)
(The Official Journal of The American Society of Criminology Division on People of Color and Crime)
Wilson, F. T. & Blackburn, A.G. (In-Press). The depiction of female municipal police officers in the first four decades of the core cop film genre: It’s a man’s world. Women and Criminal Justice
Wilson, F. T., Longmire, D., & Swymeler, W. (2009). The absence of gay and lesbian 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
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
Cho, Y. & Wilson, F.T. (2008). Terrorism and media in Korea. Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, 8, 89-98.
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.
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.
To Understand the Living, You Got to Commune with the Dead: A Historical Analysis of a Prison Cemetery at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL, November 2012
Police Violence Depictions in the Core Cop Film Genre: Should We Explore Cultivation Theory at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009.
The Depiction of African American Municipal Police Officers in the first thirty five years of the “Core Cop Film” genre. Presented with Howard Henderson, Ph.D. at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA. March 2009.
The depiction of terrorism and terrorists in the first three decades of the core cop film genre: A prelude to 9/11. Presented with Howard Henderson, Ph.D. and Yeok-il Cho, Ph.D. at the Institute of Justice and International Studies Annual Conference, Warrensburg, MO. February 2008.
Terrorism and media in Korea. Secondary presenter with Yeok-il Cho, Ph.D. at the Institute of Justice and International Studies Annual Conference, Warrensburg, MO. February 2008.
Discipline specific genre operationalizations: Establishing the foundation for film study replications. Presented with Robert A. Sarver III at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. November 2007.
The absence of homosexual police officer depictions in the first three decades of the “Core Cop Film” genre. Presented with Warren Swymeler at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA. March 2007.
“Hashing” out the marijuana issue: Reefer madness revisited. Presented with Mike Vanhaulstien at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, MD. March 2006.
Consistencies and inconsistencies in visual media violence and viewer aggression studies: A cumulation of study results 1956-2005. Presented with Robert Morris at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, MD. March 2006.
11/02/2013 – “Compassion and the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery” as part of the two day remembrance ceremony for the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville, TX. Invited by Yaira Robinson, Associate Director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
02/07/13 – Peckerwood Hill: Americas Common Ground invited by Dr. Della C. Cook Department of Anthropology Indiana University
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
WTHITV Channel 10 24 November 2013 Men More Likely to be Behind Bars
TribStar 16 November 2013 Despite recent spike, violent crime falling in Wabash Valley
The Monitor 8 November 2013 For Prisoners and Families, Burials with Dignity
Texas Tribune 8 November 2013 For Prisoners and Families, Burials with Dignity
New York Times 7 November 2013 For Prisoners and Families, Burials with Dignity
WAWV Channel 2 ABC 23 September 2013 Crime Time at Indiana State University
Monocle 24 Radio (London) How Crime is Reported in The Media.
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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