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John Cochran, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair 

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John Cochran is Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida. He received his B.A. (1980), M. A. (1982), and Ph.D. (1987) in Sociology from the University of Florida. Before his appointment at USF in 1994, he was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology & Social Work at Wichita State University (1986-1989) and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma (1989-1993). His teaching and research interests include micro-social theories of criminal behavior, macro-social theories of crime and crime control, assessments of issues regarding the legitimacy of capital punishment, and quantitative data collection and analysis. 

Dr. Cochran has published approximately 150 articles, book chapters, and reports, is an ad hoc reviewer for 46 professional journals, and has served on the editorial boards of Justice Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Drug Issues, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Crime and Justice, and several others. In 2016, he was awarded the ACJS Outstanding Paper Award.

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Wrongly-convicted Death Row inmate returns to Bay Area to speak out against the Death Penalty: ABC Action News - April 12, 2017