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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Robert Kaminski

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1560
Office: Currell College, Room 111
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Robert Kaminski


  • Ph.D. 2002, The University at Albany, State University of New York, Criminal justice
  • M.A., 1985, The University at Albany, State University of New York, Criminal justice
  • B.S., 1980, Marist College, Criminal justice
  • A.S., 1978, Ulster County Community College, Criminal justice


Dr. Kaminski has conducted studies on a variety of policing topics, including police use of force, violence against the police, less-lethal technologies, foot pursuits, training, and public perceptions of police. Recent research includes measurement issues in the analysis of officer-involved shootings, fatal police encounters with mentally ill suspects, and the impact of conducted energy weapons on officer and suspect injuries.


Lowery, P., Burrow, J. & Kaminski, R. J. (Forthcoming). Correlates of probation sentences versus incarceration sentences in the juvenile courts of South Carolina. Crime and Delinquency. 

Crittenden, C., Koons-Witt, B., & Kaminiski, R. J. (2016). Being assigned work in prison: Do race and gender matter? Feminist Criminology. First published September 14, 2016. doi: 10.1177/1557085116668990.

Wolfe, S. E., Nix, J., Kaminski, R. J., & Rojek, J. (2016). Is the effect of procedural justice on police legitimacy invariant? Testing the generality of procedural justice and competing antecedents of legitimacy. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 32, 253-282.

Kaminski, R. J., Engel, R. S., Rojek, J., Smith M. R., & Alpert, G. P. (2015). A quantum of force: The consequences of measuring routine conducted energy device punctures as injuries. Justice Quarterly, 32, 598-625.

Nix, J., Wolfe, S. E., Rojek, J., & Kaminski, R. J. (2015). Trust in the police: The influence of procedural justice and neighborhood perceptions. Crime & Delinquency, 61, 610-640.

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