Pete Kraska, Ph.D.

Pete Kraska, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Coordinator and Director

Research/Academic Interests

  • Making theoretical sense of the emergence of underground cage-fighting
  • The trend to criminalize risky and negligent behaviors as an adaptation to late-modern social conditions
  • A continuation of study into the blurring distinction between criminal justice and the military in the wars on drugs and terrorism


Dr. Kraska’s work can be found in a number of leading journals including:
  • Social Problems, Justice Quarterly
  • Policing and Society
He has also authored seven books including:
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology Research Methods, Theorizing Criminal Justice: Eight Essential Orientations
  • Militarizing The American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and Police


  • The Economist
  • The New York Times
  • National Public Radio
  • Peter Jennings’s World News Tonight