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College of Arts and Sciences

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Brandon Applegate

Title: Professor, Department Chair
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7065
Office: Currell College, Room 100G
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Brandon Applegate


  • Ph.D. 1997, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice
  • M.S. 1992, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice
  • B.S., 1990, Bowling Green State University, Criminal Justice


Dr. Applegate is currently engaged in research exploring public views on offender reentry programs; the intersection of race, public conceptions of typical crimes, and punitiveness; jail officers’ perception and exercise of power over inmates; and the impact of tactical communication on jail officer use of force. Dr. Applegate teaches courses on juvenile justice, corrections, research methodology, and statistics. He is currently President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and he has previously served as President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.


  • Jails
  • Perceptions in and of corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Survey research


Bolin, R. M. & Applegate, B. K. (2016). Adultification in juvenile corrections: Examining the orientations of juvenile and adult probation and parole officers. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41, 321-339.

Ouellette, H. M. & Applegate, B. K. (2015). The professional ideology of criminologists. The Prison Journal, 95, 287-308.

Bolin, R. & Applegate, B. K. (2015). Adult crime, adult time? Benchmarking public views on punishing serious juvenile felons. Criminal Justice Review, 40, 151-168.