Tammy Rinehart Kochel

Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University

Areas of Expertise

  • Procedural justice
  • Community policing
  • Policing strategies
  • Police legitimacy
  • Race and policing


Tammy Rinehart Kochel, Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University, is an expert on police legitimacy and procedural justice, evidence-based policing strategies, hot spot policing, focused deterrence, police-community relations, and neighborhood ecology.

Kochel has consulted with the Department of Justice, police officers in Trinidad and Tobago, and with for-profit consulting firms and agencies to conduct research on her areas of expertise. Most recently, she worked with the Springfield Police Department in Illinois on gun violence research; a National Institute of Justice-funded experiment on hot spot policing with the St. Louis County Police Department; and a Ferguson impact study funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.

She has been published in numerous Journals including, “Criminology”, “Justice Quarterly”, and “the Journal of Experimental Criminology.”

Kochel Received her Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Crime Policy from George Mason University, her M.A. in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and her B.A. in Sociology from James Madison University.