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Richard Bennett

Professor of Justice, Law & Criminology, American University

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative criminology
  • Comparative criminal justice
  • Police organization
  • Procedure


Richard Bennett, Professor of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University, is an expert in comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, police organization and procedures.

Bennett was an Associate Research Scientist with the Highway Safety Research Institute at the University of Michigan and served as a deputy sheriff in Whitman County, Washington. He was the Director of Research for the First Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Planning Agency and served as the Deputy Sheriff-Criminal Investigator in Washington County, Tennessee. He serves on the editorial board of various criminal justice journals and is the past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, where he received several awards for his work in the field.

He has been published in numerous academic journals, including Criminology, Social Forces, Justice Quarterly and Sociological Quarterly.

Bennett received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Washington State University, M.A. in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and B.A. in Sociology from Randolph-Macon College.