Eugene Paoline

Professor and Graduate Director of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Police culture
  • Police socialization
  • Police use of force
  • Police education

Key Findings


Eugene Paoline, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida, is an expert in police culture, police socialization, police use of force, and police education.

Paoline currently serves as the Graduate Director in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator on two multi-method, multi-site, National Institute of Justice grants that have examined police use of force and early intervention (EI) systems. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Crime & Justice and Race & Justice: An International Journal as well as a reviewer for over 30 academic journals. He is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing.

He has published more than 50 articles in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Police Quarterly.

Paoline received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York and his M.S. and B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University.