Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Devon Johnson

Devon Johnson

Devon Johnson

Director of Graduate Programs

Associate Professor

Public opinion on criminal justice issues, race and criminal justice, politics of crime and justice policy, survey methods

Devon Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University.  Her current research focuses on punishment preferences and police-citizen relations in the United States and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on understanding racial and ethnic differences in public opinion.  Professor Johnson has received awards for her research from the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Law and Society Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and she is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at Mason.  Professor Johnson is affiliated faculty in Sociology and in African American Studies.  Prior to her appointment at Mason, she was a research associate at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty at UCLA.

Selected Publications

Johnson, Devon, Patricia Y. Warren and Amy Farrell. 2015.  Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System.  New York: New York University Press.

Maguire, Edward R. and Devon Johnson. “The Structure of Public Opinion on Criminal Justice Policies: Evidence from Seven Caribbean Nations.” Punishment & Society. 17(4): 502-530.

Johnson, Devon, Edward R. Maguire, and Joseph B. Kuhns. 2014. “Public Perceptions of the Legitimacy of the Law and Legal Authorities: Evidence from the Caribbean.” Law and Society Review. 48(4): 947-978.

Johnson, Devon, et al. 2011. “Attitudes Toward the Use of Racial Profiling to Prevent Crime and Terrorism.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. 22(4): 422-447.

Kuhns, Joseph B., Devon Johnson, and William R. King. 2011. “Resident Perceptions of Police Mistreatment and Use of Force in a Troubled Trinidadian Neighborhood.” Journal of Crime and Justice. 34(3): 234-249.

Maguire, Edward R. and Devon Johnson. 2010. “Measuring Public Perceptions of the Police.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. 33(4):  703-730.

Johnson, Devon and Joseph B. Kuhns.  2009. “Striking Out: Race and Support for Police Use of Force.”  Justice Quarterly. 26(3): 592-623.

Johnson, Devon. 2009. "Anger about Crime and Support for Punitive Criminal Justice Policies." Punishment and Society. 11(1): 51-66.

Johnson, Devon. 2008. "Racial Prejudice, Perceived Injustice, and the Black-White Gap in Punitive Attitudes." Journal of Criminal Justice. 36(2): 198-206.

Courses Taught

CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIM 305 Crime and Crime Policy

CRIM 490 Public Opinion, Crime and Justice (special topics course)

CRIM 490 Crime and Politics (special topics course)

CRIM 490 Crime and its Causes (special topics course)

CRIM 491/492 Criminology, Law and Society Honors Seminar

CRIM 761 Politics of Crime Policy

Dissertations Supervised

Daniel K. Pryce, Procedural Justice, Legitimacy, and Cooperation with Police: Evidence From a Community of Ghanaian Immigrants (2014)