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

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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

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.

Grimes, J. N. & Wilson, F. T. (Accepted with Revisions 2012). Public opinion polls and criminal justice policy: A diminishing influence. Criminal Justice and Law Review Journal.

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.

 

Articles Reprinted

"The criminological cultivation of African American municipal police officers: Sambo or sellout" reprinted in Franklin T. Wilson, editor, Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication. 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'" reprinted in Franklin T. Wilson, editor, Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication. In Press.

 

Books

Wilson, F. T. (In Press). Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication.

 

Book Chapters or Sections

Wilson, F. T. (In Press). "Stop the Humble Mumble: Bringing Criminology to the People". In Franklin T. Wilson, editor, Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication.

Wilson, F. T. (2007). The Beech Nut Corporation Apple Juice Scandal. In J. Gerber & E. L. Jensen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of White-Collar Crime. Westport: Greenwood Press.

 

Book Reviews

Wilson, F. T. (2006). [Review of the book Juvenile justice reform and restorative justice: Building theory and policy from practice]. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. April, 4(2), 213-214.

 

Technical Reports

Wilson, Franklin T. (2003). Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairments: Rate of Reduction in Arrests for Fiscal Year 2002.

Wilson, Franklin T. (2004). Texas Correction Office on Offenders with Mental or Medical Impairments: Rate of Reduction in Arrests for Fiscal Year 2003.


Conference Presentations

Gender Differences in Reentry Success: An Examination of Violent Offenders on Parole. Secondary presenter with Ashley G. Blackburn, Ph.D. at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. February 2014

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

06/12/2014 - "African American City Police Officers are Good for Comedic Entertainment Only - At Least That's What the Movies Tell Us" Keynote Address for National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Annual Conference. Invited by Joseph C. Akers Executive Director of NOBLE and Introduced by Dr. Cedric L. Alexander NOBLE National First Vice President.

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

 

Invited Moderator Duties

Topic Area Chair for the “Media and Crime” Section of the 2013 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference. Dallas, Texas. Invited by Dr. Craig Hemmens President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Chair of the Institute of Justice and International Studies Annual Conference “Crime and Popular Culture Conference” at the University of Central Missouri, October 28-30, 2008. Invited by Dr. Donald Wallace founder of the Institute of Justice and International Studies Annual Conference.

Moderator for the Middle Tennessee State University African-American History Month panel on "Race and the Death Penalty" February 1, 2006.

 

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)

Crime and Delinquency (Manuscript Reviewer) (2013-Present)

Journal of Black Studies (Manuscript Reviewer) (2014-Present)

Carolina Press (Manuscript Reviewer) (2009 - Present)

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

TribStar 16 November 2013 Despite recent spike, violent crime falling in Wabash Valley

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

The Observer 11 March 2014 Laid to Rest in Huntsville

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

TIFA Contact: Official News Letter for Texas Inmate Families Association 2 November 2013 Faith Community Calls Texans to “Remembrance” of Those Who Die in Prison

Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy 2 November 2013 In Remembrance 2013: Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville

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

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

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

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

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

Trebuchet Magazine. 1 April 2014: “Black Police Good For Comedy Value”

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

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

Scoopedia. 5 April 2014: “How American films use black cops for comic relief”

Phys.org. 31 March 2014: "Movies show black police officers good for entertainment only, study says."

Science Codex. 31 March 2014: “Black police officers good for entertainment only -- at least that's what movies tell us.”

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

Scienceblog. 1 April 2014: "Movies Show Black Police Officers Good For Entertainment Only"

Newsroom America. 31 March 2014: “Movies Depict Black Police Officers As Good For Entertainment Only: Study”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business Standard. 1 April 2014: "Flicks portray black police officers as good for entertainment only: Study"

Red Orbit. 1 April 2014: “Movies Show Black Police Officers Good For Entertainment Only”

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

Tampa Star. 1 April 2014: "Flicks Portray Black Police Officers Good for Entertainment Only"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Academic Service 2008-2013

 

Service to the Discipline

Founder and Chair of the Annual International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference, 2008-Present

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. (2009-Present)

Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture (2010 - Present)

The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology (Editorial Board Member) (2009-Present)

Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies (Manuscript Reviewer) (2007-Present)

Crime and Delinquency (Manuscript Reviewer) (2013-Present)

Journal of Black Studies (Manuscript Reviewer) (2014-Present)

Carolina Press (Manuscript Reviewer) (2009 - Present)

Topic Area Chair for the “Media and Crime” Section of the 2013 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference (2012-2013)

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Academy Fellow Award Committee Member (2008-2009)

Chair of the Institute of Justice and International Studies Annual Conference “Crime and Popular Culture Conference” at the University of Central Missouri, October 28-30, 2008.

Moderator for the Middle Tennessee State University African-American History Month panel on "Race and the Death Penalty" February 1, 2006.

 

University Service

ISU Session Regarding Effectiveness and Reaction to Recent and Future Initiatives (2014)

Distance Education Marketing Consultant Focus Group (2014)

Indiana State University Office of Sponsored Programs “Grant Searching” training (August 13, 2013).

Dean’s Three-Year Evaluation Review Committee (2013)

Diversity Research Symposium Planning Committee (2012)

International Faculty Awards Committee (2010)

2009 Indiana State University Strategic Planning Workshop – March 26th & 27th, 2009

Spoke to the University Faculty Affairs Committee (invited by Dr. Kelly Wilkinson) (2009)

 

College Service

Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Goal 3, Objective 4: Encourage and Support Interdisciplinary Research (2012 – Present)

Associated Faculty Member with Department of African and African American Studies (2010-Present)

African and African American Studies Program Committee (2010-Present)

College of Arts and Science ePortfolio Project Committee (2012-2013)

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council Member (2010 - 2012)

Departmental Service

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Personnel Committee (2014 - Present)

Chair of the Advisory Board Development and Coordination Committee (2013 – Present)

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Recruitment Coordinator (Fall 2012 – Present)

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Website Editor (2013 – Present)

Chair of the Textbook Assignment Committee (2014)

Research and Analysis Committee (2013)

Instructor Search Committee (2013)

Faculty Search Committee (2012)

Faculty Search Committee (2010)

Created and Organized the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Fall Graduate Student Meet and Greet Dinner (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Homecoming Committee (September 2008 to 2013)

 

New Courses 2008-2014 (19 new courses)

 

2014

CRIM 423-301                        Juvenile Delinquency (New –Online)

CRIM 697-001                        Individual Directed Study (New - Issues Facing Native American Police Officers)

2013

CRIM 516-301                        Qualitative Methods (New)

2012

CRIM 498-001                        Internship Criminology (New)

CRIM 698-002                        Internship Criminology (New)

CRIM 540-301                        Ethics in Criminal Justice (New)

2011

CRIM 200-002                        Criminology (New Experimental Hybrid Course)

CRIM 200-301                        Criminology (New Online)

CRIM 606-302                        Seminar in Research Methods (New)

2010

CRIM 697-001                        Individual Directed Study (New Graduate - "History, Social Construction and Policy")

CRIM 416-302                        Drugs in Society (New)

CRIM 516-302                        Drugs in Society (New)

CRIM 601-301                        Criminological Theories (New Graduate)

2009

CRIM 427-301                        Dynamics of Criminal Delinquency (New Online)

CRIM 416/516-303                  Crime, Media and Popular Culture (New Online)

CRIM 416/516-303                  Crime, Media and Popular Culture (New On Campus)

2008

CRIM 427-002                        Dynamics of Criminal Delinquency (New On Campus)

CRIM 396-001                        Research Methods in Criminal Justice (New On Campus)

CRIM 396-301                        Research Methods in Criminal Justice (New Online)

 

   Awards and Honors

Indiana State University Tenure Track International Faculty Award (2010)

 

Doctoral Teaching Assistant, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Summer I 2005 Semester

 

Outstanding Leadership Award, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Spring 2005 Semester.

 

Doctoral Teaching Assistant, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Spring 2005 Semester

 

Doctoral Teaching Assistant, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Fall 2004 Semester

 

Doctoral Teaching Assistant, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Summer II 2004 Semester

 

Doctoral Research Assistantship, Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments, 2002-2004

 

Doctoral Research Assistantship, Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments, 2002-2003

 

Doctoral Research Assistantship, National Institute for Victims Studies, Sam Houston State University, 2001 – 2002

 

Doctoral Research Assistantship, National Institute for Victims Studies, Sam Houston State University, 2000 – 2001

 

Graduate Assistantship, Eastern Kentucky University, 1999 – 2000

 

Graduate Assistantship, Eastern Kentucky University, 1994 – 1995




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