Doctoral Student Bios

Kevin Petersen

Kevin Petersen

Kevin Petersen

Policing, evidence-based crime interventions, guilty pleas, legal decision-making, crime and place

Kevin Petersen is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He received his M.S. in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 2015 and his B.S. in Sociology from Virginia Tech in 2012. From 2016 to 2018 he worked as a victim/witness coordinator for the Roanoke County (VA) Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. He currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the MODILS Lab.  

Selected Publications

Petersen, K., Mouro, A., Papy, D., Casillo, N., & Ariel, B. (2023). Seeing is believing: The impact of body-worn cameras on court outcomes, a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Miami Beach. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 19(1), 191-211.

Petersen, K., & Lu, Y.-F. (2023). The downstream effects of body-worn cameras: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Justice Quarterly.

Petersen, K., Weisburd, D., Fay, S., Eggins, E., & Mazerolle, L. (2023). Police stops to reduce crime: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 19(1), e1302.

Petersen, K., Redlich, A. D., & Wilson, D. B. (2022). Where is the evidence? Comparing the effects of evidence strength and demographic characteristics on plea discounts. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Petersen, K., Davis, R. C., Weisburd, D., & Taylor, B. (2022). Effects of second responder programs on repeat incidents of family abuse: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18(1), e1217.

Petersen, K. (2022). Looking at the big picture: Using systems theory to understand the impact of body-worn cameras on police accountability. Critical Criminology, 30(4), 861-878.

Petersen, K., Redlich, A. D., & Norris, R. J. (2022). Diverging from the shadows: Explaining individual deviation from plea bargaining in the “shadow of the trial”. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 18(2), 321-342.

Courses Taught

CRIM 315: Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

CRIM 408: Criminal Courts


M.S. Criminal Justice, Radford University, 2015

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Crime Analysis, Radford University, 2015

B.S. Sociology (Crime/Deviance Concentration), Virginia Tech, 2012