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James Carr

PhD Student

2016 MS Michigan State University
2013 BS Old Dominion University


James D. Carr is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research and academic interests extend into three focus areas: (1) the development of terrorist or genocidal violence in populations; (2) the public’s relationship with criminal justice institutions; and (3) police behavior.

A particular area of interest for James has been police officer perceptions of the public, and the effect these views might have on a successful partnership between the police and the people who live in the neighborhoods they patrol. He recently completed a project with local police departments examining police officer perceptions of organizational justice and the relationship these perceptions have with police officer trust in the public.

James has previously done work in the foster care system and in guidance centers working with troubled youth. He proudly admits to unhealthy passions for Pink Floyd, Cherry Coke, and the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.

James earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State, and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology (graduated with distinction) from Old Dominion University.


Police officers' perceptions of organizational justice and their trust in the public

Year: 2017 Authors: Carr, J. D., & Maxwell, S. R. Journal: Police Practice & Research

Fair process, trust, and cooperation: Moving toward an integrated framework of police legitimacy

Year: 2017 Authors: Hamm, J. A., Trinkner, R., & Carr, J. D. Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior