Kevin H. Wozniak joined the School of Law and Criminology after working as a member of the sociology faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the United States for nine and a half years. Kevin studies the politics of crime and criminal justice, broadly construed. He has published widely on American public opinion about criminal justice and its interaction with wider political forces in the country. His research appears in a variety of American and international journals, such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Punishment & Society, Law & Society Review, Criminology & Public Policy, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Social Problems. With Joanne Savage, he is the co-author of Thugs and Thieves: The Differential Etiology of Violence, published by Oxford University Press, and the author of The Politics of Crime Prevention: Race, Public Opinion, and the Meaning of Community Safety, published by New York University Press.
Prior to joining UMass Boston, Kevin was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association. During his fellowship, he worked as a legislative aide for Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. His portfolio in Congressman Scott's office included juvenile justice reform, gun control, and primary and secondary education policy. Kevin is also a former W.E.B. DuBois Fellow of the U.S. National Institute of Justice.
Kevin received his BA degree in psychology from Skidmore College in New York State and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in justice, law, and society and American politics from American University in Washington, D.C.
Now that he has joined Maynooth, Kevin is eager to conduct comparative research and explore the similarities and differences in Irish and U.S. history, culture, politics, and criminal justice practices. He welcomes collaborators who share that interest.
- The politics of crime and criminal justice
- Public opinion and public punitiveness
- Criminal justice policymaking
- United States politics, policy, and criminal justice
- Racism and prejudice
- Survey experiments
|2023||Wozniak, K.H. (2023) The Politics of Crime Prevention: Race, Public Opinion, and the Meaning of Community Safety. New York: New York University Press. [Link]|
|2016||Savage, J. and Wozniak, K.H. (2016) Thugs and Thieves: The Differential Etiology of Violence. New York: Oxford University Press. [Link]|
|2020||Wozniak, K.H., Drakulich, K.M. and Calfano, B.R. (2020) 'Theories of Public Opinion Change Versus Stability and their Implications for Null Findings' In: Understanding Survey Methodology. Switzerland : Springer. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47256-6_13|
|2012||Wozniak, KH (2012) 'LEGISLATIVE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS' In: STUDIES IN LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY, VOL 57. BINGLEY : EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD. [DOI]|
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2022||Wozniak K.H.; Pickett J.T.; Brown E.K. (2022) 'Judging Hardworking Robbers and Lazy Thieves: An Experimental Test of Act- vs. Person-Centered Punitiveness and Perceived Redeemability'. Justice Quarterly, 39 (7):1565-1591. [DOI]|
|2022||Pickett J.T.; Ivanov S.; Wozniak K.H. (2022) 'Selling effective violence prevention policies to the public: a nationally representative framing experiment'. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 18 (2):387-409. [DOI]|
|2021||Johnston, T; Wozniak, KH (2021) 'Public opinion and the politics of collateral consequence policies'. Punishment and Society, 23 :190-217. [DOI]|
|2021||Wozniak K.H.; Drakulich K.M.; Calfano B.R. (2021) 'Do photos of police-civilian interactions influence public opinion about the police? A multimethod test of media effects'. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 17 (2). [DOI]|
|2021||Johnston T.M.; Wozniak K.H. (2021) 'Framing Effects and Group Differences in Public Opinion about Prison Pell Grants'. PS - Political Science and Politics, 54 (3):411-415. [DOI]|
|2021||Drakulich K.; Wozniak K.H.; Hagan J.; Johnson D. (2021) 'Whose lives mattered? How White and Black Americans felt about Black Lives Matter in 2016'. Law and Society Review, 55 (2):227-251. [DOI]|
|2021||Wozniak K.H.; Drakulich K.M.; Calfano B.R. (2021) 'Public Opinion About Police Weapons and Equipment: An Exploratory Analysis'. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 32 (9):960-991. [DOI]|
|2020||Wozniak K.H. (2020) 'The Effect of Exposure to Racialized Cues on White and Black Public Support for Justice Reinvestment'. Justice Quarterly, 37 (6):1067-1095. [DOI]|
|2020||Drakulich K.; Wozniak K.H.; Hagan J.; Johnson D. (2020) 'Race and policing in the 2016 presidential election: Black lives matter, the police, and dog whistle politics'. Criminology, 58 (2):370-402. [DOI]|
|2020||Wozniak K.H. (2020) 'An Analysis of Black–White Racial Differences in Public Support for Nonviolent Sentencing Reform'. Race And Justice, 10 (4):456-479. [DOI]|
|2019||Savage J.; Ellis S.K.; Wozniak K.H. (2019) 'The Role of Poverty and Income in the Differential Etiology of Violence: An Empirical Test'. Journal of Poverty, 23 (5):384-403. [DOI]|
|2019||Creighton M.J.; Wozniak K.H. (2019) 'Are racial and educational inequities in mass incarceration perceived to be a social problem? Results from an experiment'. Social Problems, 66 (4):485-502. [DOI]|
|2019||Wozniak K.H.; Calfano B.R.; Drakulich K.M. (2019) 'A “Ferguson Effect” on 2016 Presidential Vote Preference? Findings from a Framing Experiment Examining “Shy Voters” and Cues Related to Policing and Social Unrest*'. Social Science Quarterly, 100 (4):1023-1038. [DOI]|
|2017||Wozniak K. (2017) 'Public Opinion About Gun Control Post–Sandy Hook'. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 28 (3):255-278. [DOI]|
|2017||Wozniak K. (2017) 'The relationship between perceptions of prison and support for the death penalty versus life without parole'. Journal of Crime and Justice, 40 (2):222-237. [DOI]|
|2017||Drakulich K.; Hagan J.; Johnson D.; Wozniak K. (2017) 'Race, justice, policing, and the 2016 American presidential election'. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 14 (1):7-33. [DOI]|
|2016||Wozniak K.H. (2016) 'Ontological Insecurity, Racial Tension, and Confidence in the Police in the Shadow of Urban Unrest'. Sociological Forum, 31 (4):1063-1082. [DOI]|
|2016||Wozniak K.H. (2016) 'Perceptions of Prison and Punitive Attitudes: A Test of the Penal Escalation Hypothesis'. Criminal Justice Review, 41 (3):352-371. [DOI]|
|2016||Wozniak K. (2016) 'Public Opinion and the Politics of Criminal Justice Policy Making: Reasons for Optimism, Pessimism, and Uncertainty'. Criminology & Public Policy, 15 (1):179-186. [DOI]|
|2014||Wozniak K. (2014) 'A political science assessment of the house democratic gun violence prevention task force'. PS - Political Science and Politics, 47 (2):550-552. [DOI]|
|2014||Wozniak K. (2014) 'American Public Opinion About Prisons'. Criminal Justice Review, 39 (3):305-324. [DOI]|
|2010||Wozniak K.; Lewis A. (2010) 'Reexamining the effect of christian denominational affiliation on death penalty support'. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38 (5):1082-1089. [DOI]|
Certain data included herein are derived from the © Web of Science (2023) of Clarivate. All rights reserved.
Criminological Theory; Theories of Punishment; Criminal Justice Policy and Practice; U.S. Criminal Justice; Survey Research Methods and Survey Experiments; Mixed Methods Research