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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Brandon Applegate

Title: Professor, Department Chair
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7065
Office: Currell College, Room 100G
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


Ouellette, H., Applegate, B. K., & Vuk, M. (2017). The public’s stance on prisoner reentry: Policy support and personal acceptance. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 768-789.

Applegate, B. K. (2017). Advancing justice through our students. Justice Quarterly, 34, 727-738.

Bolin, R. M. & Applegate, B. K. (2016). Adultification in juvenile corrections: Examining the orientations of juvenile and adult probation and parole officers. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41, 321-339.

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