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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Brandon Applegate

Title: Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7065
Office: Currell College, Room 208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Brandon Applegate


  • Ph.D. 1997, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice
  • M.S. 1992, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice
  • B.S., 1990, Bowling Green State University, Criminal Justice


Dr. Applegate is currently engaged in research exploring public views on blended sentencing for serious juvenile offenders; the intersection of race, public conceptions of typical crimes, and punitiveness; the pragmatic nature of public opinions on correctional policies; jail officers’ perception and exercise of power over inmates; and distinctions between juvenile and adult probation. Dr. Applegate teaches courses on juvenile justice, corrections, research methodology, and statistics. He has previously served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and as President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.


  • Jails
  • Perceptions in and of corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Survey research


Vuk, M., Applegate, B. K., Ouellette, H. M., Bolin, R. M., & Aizpurua, E. (2020). The pragmatic public? The impact of practical concerns on support for punitive and rehabilitative prison policies. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 45, 273-292. doi: 10.1007/s12103-019-09507-2 

Bolin, R. M., Ouellette, H. M., & Applegate, B. K. (2019). Managing compliance: Types of power in juvenile and adult probation and parole supervision. Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, 4, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/23774657.2018.1505444 

Bolin, R. M., & Applegate, B. K. (2018). Supervising juveniles and adults: Organizational context, professional orientations, and probation and parole officer behaviors. Journal of Crime and Justice, 41, 410-426. doi: 10.1080/0735648X.2018.1440616

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