Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Franklin T. Wilson, PH.D.

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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.

 

Founding Chair or the Annual International Crime, Media & Popular Culture Studies Conference


Education

Ph.D.

2006

Criminal Justice. Sam Houston State University,
Dissertation: A Qualitative Examination of the Core Cop Film Genre: Thirty Years of Instrumental and Expressive Police Violence

M.S.

2000

Criminal Justice. Eastern Kentucky University.
Thesis: Analysis of a Law Enforcement Crackdown on Crack Cocaine Dealers: Deterrence Tool or Public Relations Tactic?

B.A.

1993

Criminal Justice (emphasis in Sociology)
Ohio University

A.S.

1993

Applied Science
Ohio University


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)
Prison Cemeteries (Historical)
Criminological Theory Development (current emphasis on Gender Based Concepts)
Race, Class and Crime Issues
The History of Island Prisons
Research Methods (current emphasis on New Visual Media Research Methodologies)


Refereed Publications

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. (2014). The criminological cultivation of African American municipal police officers: Sambo or sellout. Race and Justice: An International Journal 4(1), 45-67. (Race and Justice is The Official Journal of The American Society of Criminology Division on People of Color and Crime)

Wilson, F. T. & Blackburn, A.G. (2014). 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 24(2), 83-105.

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 16(1), 27-39.

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. 1 (1), 19-40.

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.


Conference Presentations

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.

 

Invited Presentations

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.

 

Media Interviews and Media Coverage of Research

General Interviews

WTHITV Channel 10 24 November 2013 Men More Likely to be Behind Bars

WAWV Channel 2 ABC 23 September 2013 Crime Time at Indiana State University

Monocle 24 Radio (London) How Crime is Reported in The Media.

CrimCast Podcast 24 June 2011: International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference

Prison Cemetery Research

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

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

 

Depiction of African American City Police Officers in Cop Films Research

3-17-2014. National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) Newsletter.

3-31-2014. Sam Houston State University Feature (Was also featured on the homepage of the university).Study: Movies Show Black Police Officers Good For Entertainment Only

4-4-2014. Quartz.  “How American films use black cops for comic relief”

4-4-2014. MMXLII. “How American films use black cops for comic relief”

4-1-2014. Trebuchet Magazine. “Black Police Good For Comedy Value”

4-3-2014. Madame Noire Atlanta Post. Comedic Relief Only: Does Hollywood Paint Black Cops In A Less Than Flattering Light?

4-3-2014. National Association for Multi Ethnicity in Communication: Diversity Digest. “Study: Movies show black police officers good for entertainment only”

4-5-2014. Scoopedia. “How American films use black cops for comic relief”

3-31-14. Phys.org. "Movies show black police officers good for entertainment only, study says."

3-31-14. Science Codex. “Black police officers good for entertainment only -- at least that's what movies tell us.”

3-31-2014. Science News Line. “Black Police Officers Good for Entertainment Only - at Least That's What Movies Tell Us”

4-1-2014. Scienceblog. "Movies Show Black Police Officers Good For Entertainment Only"

3-31-14. Newsroom America. “Movies Depict Black Police Officers As Good For Entertainment Only: Study”

3-31-2014. Black News Zone.  "Black Police Officers Good for Entertainment Only –At Least That’s What the Movies Tell Us."

4-1-2014. RealBollyWood. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Yahoo News. “Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study”

4-1-2014. Yahoo India Life Style. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Movies Industries News. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

3-31-2014. EntertainmentNutz. “Movies show black police officers good for entertainment only, study says”

4-1-2014. Filmcafe. “Flicks Portray Black Police Officers as Good for Entertainment Only”

3-31-2014. Internet Movie Database News. "Flicks Portray Black Police Officers Good for Entertainment Only."

3-31-2014. Press News.  "Black police officers good for entertainment only -- at least that's what movies tell us"

4-1-2014. Truth Drive. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. TruthDive. “Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study”

4-1-14. Business Standard. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-14. Red Orbit. “Movies Show Black Police Officers Good For Entertainment Only”

4-4-2014. Pacific Stand. “How American films use black cops for comic relief”

4-1-2014. Tampa Star. "Flicks Portray Black Police Officers Good for Entertainment Only"

4-1-2014. Jersey Tribune. "Black police officers good for entertainment only — at least that's what movies tell us"

4-1-2014. Denver Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Baltimore Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Oklahoma City Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Las Vegas Herald.  "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Michigan Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Cincinnati Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Boston Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. New Orleans Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Pittsburgh Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Albuquerque Express. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Trinidad Times. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Haiti Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Kenya Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Zimbabwe Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Russian Herald. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Venezuela Star.  "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Mexico Star. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Iran Herald. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Bangladesh Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-4-2014. Malaysia Sun. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014. Hong Kong Herald. "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

4-1-2014 The Siasat Dailey (Hyderabad India). “Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study”


Courses Taught (2000-2014)

Undergraduate

Crime and the Media
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Methods of Research
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Organized and White-Collar Crime
Prevention and Control of Crime
Corrections
Corrections Law and Prisoners Rights
Law and Society
Dynamics of Criminal Delinquency
Drug Policy
Race, Class and Crime
Crime, Media and Popular Culture

Graduate

Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior
Drug Policy
Drugs and Society
Race, Class and Crime
Crime and Media
Crime, Media and Popular Culture
Criminological Theory