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Dr. James Unnever

Title: Professor
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Phone: 941-359-4200
Email: unnever@usf.edu
Office: C247

James D. Unnever (PhD, Duke University, 1980) is a Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.  His research generally examines the relationships among race, racism and crime. 

His latest research focuses on whether racial and ethnic intolerance predicts punitive attitudes cross-nationally, factors related to whether the public wants to “get tough” on corporate crime, and the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and delinquency.  His most recent publications investigate the racial divide in support for capital punishment, progressive religious beliefs and support for the death penalty, the relationship between religious affiliation and punitiveness, Colvin’s differential coercion theory, the relationships among ADHD, low self-control, and bullying and criminal behavior.


Dr. Vershawn Young interviewed Dr. Unnever for New Books in African American Studies in reference to his book A Theory of African American Offending. A link to this interview is now available at the http://newbooksinafroamstudies.com/ web address.

Ousey, G. C. and Unnever, J. D. (2012), Racial–Ethnic Threat, Out-Group Intolerance, and Support For Punishing Criminals: A Cross-National Study. Criminology, 50: 565–603. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2012.00275.x

Unnever, James D. (2012) “The Power of One?: Reflections on Agnew’s Integrative Theory of Crime” Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. Volume 4, August.

Unnever, James D. and Shaun L. Gabbidon 2011. A Theory of African American Offending. Routledge

Alex R. Piquero, Francis T. Cullen, James D. Unnever, Nicole L. Piquero, and Jill Gordon (2010). "Never Too Late: Public Optimism about Juvenile Rehabilitation." Punishment and Society 12:187-207.