Nick Petersen

Associate Professor

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2015Ph.D. Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine
2008B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Experience

2021 - Associate Professor, University of Miami, Department of Sociology
2019 - Secondary Appointment, School of Law, University of Miami

Honors & Acknowledgements

Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida
U-LINK Phase I Research Award, University of Miami
Provost’s Research Award, University of Miami

Conferences & Events

Is the Process the Only Punishment?: Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Lower-Level Courts. American Society of Criminology conference | San Francisco, CA

Marisa Omori and Nick Petersen

Individual or Institutional Inequality in the Courts?: Decomposing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Conviction and Sentencing. Law and Society Association conference | Washington, DC

Omori, Marisa and Nick Petersen

Let Them Serve: Californians Consider Permanent FelonJuror Exclusion in the Golden State | Western Criminology Society Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.
Binnall, James and Nick Petersen
Characterizing the spatial mismatch between intimate partner violence related healthcare services and arrests in Miami-Dade County, Florida. | Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Washington, DC
Stoler, Justin, Jessica Williams, and Nick Petersen
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LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Criminology, Law & Society, Racial Stratification, Geography and Criminal Justice, Research Methods, Statistics


Lanuza, Yader, Nick Petersen, and Marisa Omori "Colorism in Punishment Among Hispanics in the Criminal Justice System" Social Problems 1-22 (2021).

SUMMARY: DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spab044

George Wilson, Vincent Roscigno, Carsten Sauer, and Nick Petersen "Mobility, Inequality, and Beliefs About Distribution and Redistribution." (2021).

SUMMARY: DOI: 10.1093/sf/soab047

Marisa Omori and Nick Petersen. "Institutionalizing Inequality in the Courts: Decomposing Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Detention, Conviction and Sentencing." Criminology 678-713Vol. 58(4)

SUMMARY: DOI: 10.1111/1745-9125.12257

Nick Petersen. Forthcoming. "Low-Level, but High Speed?: Assessing Pretrial Detention Effects on the Timing and Content of Misdemeanor versus Felony Guilty Pleas." Justice Quarterly. DOI:10.1080/07418825.2019.1639791.

Ward, Geoff, Nick Petersen, Aaron Kupchik, and James Pratt. Forthcoming. "School Discipline and the Legacy of Racialized Violence: Historic Lynching and Racially Disparate Corporal Punishment in Southern Schools." Social Problems.

George Wilson, Nick Petersen, David Maume, and Ryan Smith. "Particularism and Racial Mobility into Privileged Occupations." Social Science Research, 78 (2019) 82–94. (2019). [Link]

Petersen, Nick, Marisa Omori, and Rachel Lautenschlager*. "“(Dis)order in the Court: Examining Neighborhood Disorder Prosecutions in Miami-Dade County." Justice Quarterly. (2019). [Link]

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The Inside-outs of Flipped Learning

College of Arts and Sciences magazine

December 05, 2017