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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Christi Metcalfe

Title: Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6532
Office: Currell College, Room 113
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Christi Metcalfe


  • Ph.D. 2014, Florida State University, Criminology and criminal justice
  • M.S. 2010, Florida State University, Criminology and criminal justice
  • B.S. 2009, Florida State University, Political science


Dr. Metcalfe's most recent work focuses on plea bargaining in the criminal trial courts, considering the impact of the courtroom workgroup and defendant race on case resolutions. In addition, she has explored the correlates of support for proposed police reforms in the United States, as well as cooperation and empowerment of the police to fight terrorism in Israel. Her research also centers on the study of intermittency in offending and the effect of racial/ethnic threat and fear of crime on support for punitive crimnial justice policies. Dr. Metcalfe was recently awarded a Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellowship by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Criminal courts
  • Developmental and life course criminology
  • Perceptions of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Quantitative methods


Metcalfe, C. & Pickett, J. T. (Forthcoming). Public fear of protesters and support for protest policing: An experimental test of two theoretical models. Criminology.

Metcalfe, C. (2021). Toward a method for evaluating court actor influences on plea negotiations: A preliminary exploration of public defenders. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 39(3), 345-357.

Park, Y. & Metcalfe, C. (2020). Bullying victimization as a strain: Examining changes in bullying victimization and delinquency among Korean students from a developmental strain theory perspective. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinuency, 57, 31-65.

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