Scott Wolfe

Scott  Wolfe
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2012, Arizona State University
  • MA 2008, University of Louisville
  • BA 2006, Ohio Northern University
  • 510 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-7160


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Scott Wolfe is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University. Scott’s research focuses on policing, organizational justice, legitimacy, and criminological theory. Currently, he is principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Project Safe Neighborhoods grant. This project will involve a partnership with the Saginaw (MI) Police Department, other local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community service providers to develop focused deterrence strategies to combat gang-related and other violent crimes in Saginaw. Scott recently completed a National Institute of Justice grant evaluating a police officer social interaction and de-escalation training program. Scott’s other recent work has examined issues such as the predictors of police officer seatbelt use, police managers’ support for organizational justice, officers’ experience with negative publicity and the Ferguson Effect, officers’ willingness to use procedural justice, and the legal socialization process.

Current Research

  • Organizational Justice Meta-Analysis
  • Saginaw (MI) Project Safe Neighborhoods
  • BJA VALOR Project on Police Officer Safety and Wellness
  • Police Officer Training Program Evaluation

Areas of Expertise

  • Police
  • Organizational Justice
  • Procedural Justice
  • Criminological Theory


Advancing Social Interaction Training to Reduce the Likelihood of Officer Use of Force Events

Year: 2020 Authors: Wolfe, S., Rojek, J., McLean, K., & Alpert, G. Journal: The ANNALS of the American Academy of POlitical and Social Science

Police Officers as Warrior or Guardians: Empirical Reality of Intriguing Rhetoric?

Year: 2019 Authors: Mclean, K., Wolfe, S., Rojek, J., Alpert, G., & Smith, M. Journal: Justice Quarterly

Why Does Organizational Justice Matter? Uncertainty Management Among Law Enforcement Officers

Year: 2018 Authors: Wolfe, S., Rojek, J., Manjarrez Jr., V., & Rojek, A. Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice

Police Managers' Self-Control and Support for Organizational Justice

Year: 2018 Authors: Wolfe, S., Nix, J., & Campbell, B. Journal: Law and Human Behavior

Demeanor, Race, and Police Perceptions of Procedural Justice: Evidence From Two Randomized Experiments

Year: 2017 Authors: Nix, J., Pickett, J., Wolfe, S., & Campbell, B. Journal: Justice Quarterly