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Joseph Hamm, PhD

Assistant Professor

2014 PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 MLS, University of Nebraska
2011 MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 BA, University of Northern Colorado


Joe Hamm is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Environmental Science at Michigan State University and part of the university’s Global Water Initiative. A psychologist by training, his work lies at the nexus of institutions and the public where he investigates what trust is, how best to appropriately measure it, and its connection to "outcomes" like cooperation and compliance. Although he continues to work with institutions like the courts and local government, much of his work focuses on natural resource institutions where he is especially interested in the role that trust plays in encouraging voluntary conservation-related behavior.


Assessing resilience in stressed watersheds

Year: 2014 Authors: Nemec, K.T., Chan, J., Hoffman, C., Spanbauer, T.L., Hamm, J.A., Allen, C.R., Hefley, T., Pan, D. and Shrestha, P. Journal: Ecology and Society

Social capital, ideology, and health in the United States

Year: 2014 Authors: Herian, M.N., Tay, L., Hamm, J.A. and Diener, E. Journal: Social Science and Medicine

Trust and intention to comply with a water allocation decision: The moderating roles of knowledge and consistency

Year: 2013 Authors: Hamm, J.A., PytlikZillig, L.M., Herian, M.N., Tomkins, A.J., Dietrich, H. and Michaels, S. Journal: Ecology and Society

Deconstructing confidence in state courts

Year: 2013 Authors: Hamm, J.A., PytlikZillig, L.M., Herian, M.N., Bornstein, B.H., Tomkins, A.J. and Hoffman, L. Journal: Journal of Trust Research

Public participation, procedural fairness and evaluations of local governance: The moderating role of uncertainty

Year: 2012 Authors: Herian, M.N., Hamm J.A., Tomkins A.J. and Pytlik-Zillig, L.M. Journal: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory