Dr. Ben Stickle

Associate Professor

Dr. Ben Stickle
615-898-2265
(615) 898-5159
Room 273, Academic Classroom Building (ACB)
MTSU Box 238, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Louisville (2015)
  • MS, University of Louisville (2010)
  • BA, Cedarville University (2005)

Areas of Expertise

Property Crime: Metal Theft, Burglary, & Package Theft

Policing: Operations, Administration, & Use of Force

Theories & Methods: Environmental Criminology, Rational Choice, Ethnography, & Qualitative

Biography

Dr. Ben Stickle is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force & administration), property crime (metal theft & burglary), and emerging crimes (package theft, crime in the sharing economy). Ben&rsq...

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Dr. Ben Stickle is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force & administration), property crime (metal theft & burglary), and emerging crimes (package theft, crime in the sharing economy). Ben’s theoretical focus is crime opportunity and rational choice, specializing in qualitative methods. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Practice & Research, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Policing: An International Journal. He is the author of Metal Scrappers and Thieves (Springer), co-editor of Policing Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View (Routledge), editor of Field Studies in Environmental Criminology (Routledge), and authored over twenty book chapters, reviews, & encyclopedia entries. Also, his research has garnered national and international reach, including over 100 news reports, presentations in six counties, including at the United Nations in New York & Geneva, and across numerous practitioner outlets.

Ben has over twenty years of experience in the criminal justice field, including service as a Police Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, and Private Security Officer. He is a two-time past President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and a Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. A graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII), Ben holds multiple professional certifications and has served as an expert witness on police administration matters. Currently, Ben incorporates his experience as a practitioner into service as a program evaluator or primary investigator for multiple Bureau of Justice Assistance grants, including practitioner-partnerships with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & Rutherford County Correctional Center focused on justice mental health responses, offender reentry, human trafficking, and crime statistics.

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Presentations

Invited Presentations  

  • Stickle, B. (2020). The Future of Theft. The Clearlink Consumer Brands Safety and Security Week, Virtual (Keynote Address).
  • Stickle, B. (2020). National Institute of Justice Virtual Meeting – COVID-19 and Law Enforcement Services and Operations. In support of the U.S. Department of Justices’...
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Invited Presentations  

  • Stickle, B. (2020). The Future of Theft. The Clearlink Consumer Brands Safety and Security Week, Virtual (Keynote Address).
  • Stickle, B. (2020). National Institute of Justice Virtual Meeting – COVID-19 and Law Enforcement Services and Operations. In support of the U.S. Department of Justices’ National Institute of Justice, the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver, Washington, D.C./Virtual (Panel Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Understand Retail Crime During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Violent Crime Working Group of the Loss Prevention Research Council, Gainesville, Florida/Virtual (Keynote Address).
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Theft in the Last Mile: Responding to and Preventing Package Theft. Post & Parcel Live, Tallinn Estonia/Virtual (Keynote Address).  
  • Coleman, K., Dye, M., Eller, J., & Stickle, B. (2019). Navigating Controversial Issues in the Classroom and Research: Academic Freedom at MTSU. Middle Tennessee State University chapter of American Association of University Professors, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Discussant, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B. (2019). Metal Scrappers & Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, New York (Lecture).  
  • Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Thieves & Scrappers: An Ethnographic Study. Middle Tennessee State University College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Lecture).

International Presentations  

  • Stickle, B., Hicks, M., & Stickle, A. (2020). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Harrogate, England (canceled due to COVID-19).  
  • Stickle, B., & Stickle, A. (2019). Patrol Staffing Analysis for the Practitioner. Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium, Belgrade Serbia (Presentation).  
  • Peterson, D., Stickle, B., & Avalos, C. (2019). Freedom v. Safety on the Roadways in Mesa, Arizona: Analysis of Distracted Driving Incidents. Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium, Belgrade Serbia (Presentation).  
  • McCormick, A., Stickle, B., Reardon, S., & Doyle, K. (2019). Role of Community Policing to Reduce Violence against Women and Femicide. Forty-First Sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (Panel Presentation).  
  • Peterson, D., McCormick, A., Eterno, J., Berlin, M., Loftis, D., & Stickle, B. (2019). Role of Law Enforcement for Women’s Access to Social Protection Services. Sixty-Third Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, Headquarters of the United Nations, New York, New York (Panel Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. & Chamard, S. (2018). Impacts of Recycling Center Locations on Stolen Metal Incidents. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Elche, Spain (Visual Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2017). Preliminary Findings of Metal Theft in Louisville, Kentucky 2011–2016. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Escela Superior de Economia y Negocios, San Salvador, El Salvador (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). Techniques & Methods of Metal Thieves. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, German Police University, Münster, Germany (Presentation).

National Presentations  

  • Hicks, M. & Stickle, B. (2021). “Deep Fakes” and the Law: Issues with Criminal Prosecution. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, Florida, (canceled due to COVID-19). Stickle, B., Hicks, M., & Stickle, A. (2020). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft through Crime Script Analysis. The Annual Meeting of the Criminology Consortium, Virtual (Presentation). 
  • Vermeer, S., Stickle, B., Frame, M., & Hein, M. (2020). An Examination of the Reasons for and Barriers to Choosing a Career as a Police Officer. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Antonio, Texas, Maryland (canceled due to COVID-19).  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Ethnography on the Edge: Difficult to Reach Populations & Dangerous Environments. The annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Presentation).  
  • Ross, J., Kurtenhach, S., Stickle, B., Bloch, S., Phillips, S., Singer, S., Kavish, D., & Mullins, C. (2019). North American Street Scavengers, Roundtable: Exploring Street Culture and its Relationship with Street Crime. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Discussant, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, A. & Stickle, B. (2019). Developing a Practitioner Tool for Allocating Police Staffing. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Visual Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B., Witt, B., Lux, F., Bain, A., Moir, E., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., Walsh, D., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Das, D., & Berlin, M. (2019). Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Prosecutors and Criminal Defense Lawyers across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., Lowe, D., Yakushev, P., Jurkanin, T., Berlin, M., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., Deuchar, R., Oliver, P., Williams, F., Baker, B., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  
  • Berlin, M., Das, D., Peterson, D., & Stickle, B. (2019). Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Discussant, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Hutchinson**, Z., & Stickle, A. (2019). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft through Crime Script Analysis. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Presentation).  
  • Das, D., Peterson, D., Berlin, M., Stickle, B., & Ozguler, M. (2019). Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Discussant, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Hutchinson**, Z., & Stickle, A. (2018). Crime Prevention Methods for Unattended Package Delivery Theft or Porch Piracy. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Chair, Roundtable).  
  • Stickle, B., & Hutchinson**, Z. (2018). Porch Piracy: Trends, Techniques, & Prevention. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2018). Ethnography with Active Criminals. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2018). Who Are the Metal Thieves? The annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. & Moore**, M. (2018). The True Cost of Private Security Officers. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana (Visual Presentation).  
  • Gross*, S., & Stickle, B. (2017). Policies on Consensual Sexual Behavior in Prisons. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Missouri (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). Types of Experience as Decisions Factors When Selecting Police Officers. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Denver, Colorado (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). An Ethnographic Study of Scrappers and Metal Thieves: Identifying Taxonomy & Subcultures. The annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2014). Coercion by Law Enforcement during Public Contact: Escalation Resulting in Physical Force? The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Visual Presentation).

Regional Presentations

  • Stickle, B. & Felson, M. (2020). Crime Rates in a Pandemic: The Largest Criminological Experiment in History. The 2020 Southern Criminal Justice Association Research Showcase, virtual (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B., Coffee*, S., & Watson*, J. (2020). Trauma Informed Care in Criminal Justice and Justice Adjacent Professions. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Biloxi, Mississippi (canceled due to COVID-19).   Hicks*, M.,
  • Stickle, B., & Wade, L. (2019). Package Theft: A Survey of Retail Consumers. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2019). Street Scavenging Culture. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Presentation).  
  • Palmer**, D. & Stickle, B. (2019). How Plea Bargaining Has Impacted the Criminal Justice System. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Presentation).  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). A Decade of Illicit and Prescription Due Abuse in Popular Rap Music. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Savanah, Georgia (Presentation).

* Graduate Student | ** Undergraduate Student

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Awards

  • Distinguished Resercher, Middle Tennessee State Univeristy (2020-2021)
  • Global Thought Leaders & Influencers (#2 for Health & Safety, #3 for COVID Business Impact, #10 for Risk Management, #26 in Supply Chain Management) Thinkers 360 (2020)
  • McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (2020)
  • Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award for Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profi...
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  • Distinguished Resercher, Middle Tennessee State Univeristy (2020-2021)
  • Global Thought Leaders & Influencers (#2 for Health & Safety, #3 for COVID Business Impact, #10 for Risk Management, #26 in Supply Chain Management) Thinkers 360 (2020)
  • McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (2020)
  • Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award for Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit, Mid-South Sociological Association (2019)
  • Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University (2019)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Experiential Learning, Middle Tennessee State University (2018)
  • Influential Faculty Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2017)
  • Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University (2017)
  • Meritorious Service Award, Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (2016)

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

  • Hicks*, M., Stickle, B., Harms, J. (online first). Assessing the Fear of Package Theft. American Journal of Criminal Justice Link
  • Ledford*, L. S., Osborne, D. L., Edwards, B. D., & Stickle, B. (online first). Not Just a Walk in the Woods? Exploring the Impact of Individual Characteristics and Cha...
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

  • Hicks*, M., Stickle, B., Harms, J. (online first). Assessing the Fear of Package Theft. American Journal of Criminal Justice Link
  • Ledford*, L. S., Osborne, D. L., Edwards, B. D., & Stickle, B. (online first). Not Just a Walk in the Woods? Exploring the Impact of Individual Characteristics and Changing Job Roles on Stress among Conversation Officers. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal Link
  • Gross, S., & StickleB. (2021). Policies on Consensual Sexual Activity in State Prisons. Criminal Justice Policy Review Link
  • Vermeer*, S., Stickle, B., Frame, M., & Hein, M. (2020). Reasons and Barriers for Choosing Police Careers. Policing: An International Journal, 43(5), 525-536. Link
  • Stickle, B., & Felson, M. (2020). Crime Rates in a Pandemic: The Largest Criminological Experiment in History. American Journal of Criminal Justice 45(4), 525-536.  Link
  • Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Stickle, A., & Hutchinson**, Z. (2020). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society 33(2), 79-95. Link
    • Altmetric Attention Score 202 & ranked 99th percentile of research tracked (09/2020) Link  
  • Stickle, B. (2017). Does the Use of Physical Force During Contact with the Police Affect One’s Perception of Procedural Justice? Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences 14(2), 87-97.  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). A National Examination of the Effect of Education, Training, and Pre-Employment Screening on Law Enforcement Use of Force. Justice Policy Journal 13(1), 1-15. Link
  • Stickle, B. (2015). Examining Public Willingness-to-pay for Burglary Prevention. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 17(2), 120-138. Link
  • Stickle, B. & Tewksbury, R. (2015). Messages in the Music: A Lyrical Analysis of Rap, Country, Pop, and Christian Music. Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology 5(1-2), 6-21.

Books  

  • Eterno, J., Stickle, B., Peterson, D., & Das, D. (Eds.). (2022). Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Recipient of the Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award, Mid-South Sociological Association (2019)

Book Chapters  

  • Stickle, B. (2022). An Examination of Police Corruption Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. In J. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring and Crime Fighting: An International View. New York, NY: Routledge.  
  • Hicks*, M., & Stickle, B. (2022). A National Perspective on Retail Theft Prevention. In J. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring and Crime Fighting: An International View. New York, NY: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Honorable Steve Minton, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court: Interviewed by Ben Stickle. In D. Lowe & D. K. Das (Eds.), Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, Volume 4 (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Street Scavengers and Street Culture. In J. I. Ross (Ed.), Routledge Handbook on Street Culture (170-185). New York, NY: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Steve Conrad, Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky USA: In B.F. Baker & D. K. Das (Eds.), Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Volume 6 (85-95). New York, NY: Routledge.

Encyclopedia Entries & Reviews  

  • Hicks*, M. & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Drug Abuse Message to Congress (1977). In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Hutchinson**, Z. & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Ronald Reagan. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. & Benefield**, V. (forthcoming). Ancient Religions. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. & Hall**, E. (forthcoming). Mass Incarceration. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Gateway Drug Hypothesis. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. & Jeanes**, G. (2020). Incarceration. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Forrest, M., & Stickle, B. (2020). Prison Argot. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Hall**, E., & Stickle, B. (2020). United States Attorneys. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Book Review. Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the U.S. Criminal Justice System, C. W. Surprenant, and J. Brennan. The Review of Austrian Economics, X(X), pp.  
  • Hicks*, M. & Stickle, B. (2019). Book Review. The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Columbia and Mexico, A. Durán-Martínez. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  
  • Stickle, B. (2018). Book Review. Crime Script Analysis: Preventing Crimes Against Business, H. Haelterman. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  
  • Stickle, B. (2018). Book Review. The Myth of Moral Panic: Sex, Snuff, and Satan, B. Thompson and A. Williams. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  
  • Stickle, B. (2016). Book Review. Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History, D. V. Baker. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  
  • Stickle, B. (2015). The Great Brinks Robbery. In S. Chermak and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History, (322-323). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.            
  • Stickle, B. (2015). The Onion Field Case. In S. Chermak and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History, (600-602). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  
  • Stickle, B. (2015). Trial of Sheriff Joseph Shipp. In S. Chermak and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History, (714-716). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.   Tewksbury, R. & Stickle, B. (2015). Prison Populations. In W. G. Jennings, G. Higgins, D. Khey, and M. Maldonado-Molina (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.  
  • Stickle, B. (2015). Foreword. In P. L. Ratliff, Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship 2nd Edition (v-vii). Atlanta, GA: American Society for Industrial Security.

Practitioner Articles & Technical Reports

  • Stickle, B. (2020). Porch Piracy: The Most Vulnerable Part of the Supply Chain. The Mail & Express Review, 52(3), 47-50. Link  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Fighting Pirates: A First Look at How to Prevent Porch Piracy. Loss Prevention Magazine. Link  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Package Theft in a Pandemic. University College London, Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. Link
  • Stickle, B. (2018). Morgan County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office Staffing and Performance. Commissioned by the Morgan County, Tennessee, County Executive.

Research Briefs & Other Short Works  

  • Stickle, B. (2020). 5 Tips for Stopping Porch Pirates from Stealing Your Packages. Business Insider. Link
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Porch Piracy: Here’s What we Learned After Watching Hours of YouTube Videos Showing Packages being Pilfered from Homes. The Conversation. Link
    • Selected Re-Prints: Yahoo News; Foreign Affairs; The National Interest; San Antonio Express; Seattle Post; San Francisco Chronicle; Skagit Publishing; Raw Story Investigates; Connecticut Post  
  • Stickle, B. (2019). A Conservative Cops’ Take on Criminal Justice Reform: Citation in Lieu of Arrest. Beacon Center of Tennessee. Link  
  • Stickle, B. (2019). From the Guest Editor: Field Studies in Environmental Criminology. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society, 32(2), 61-62. Link

* Graduate Student | ** Undergraduate Student

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In the Media

International Audience

  • Crackdown on Porch Pirates [Television Program]. World News Now. New York, NY: ABC News. Link
  • The Latest Technology and Solutions Keeping Consumer Goods Safe During Delivery [Web Article]. In Parcel and Postal Technology International.
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International Audience

  • Crackdown on Porch Pirates [Television Program]. World News Now. New York, NY: ABC News. Link
  • The Latest Technology and Solutions Keeping Consumer Goods Safe During Delivery [Web Article]. In Parcel and Postal Technology International. Link
  • The 11 Most Sought-After Items on Every Burglar’s Hit List [News article]. In Readers Digest Canada. New York, NY: Readers Digest Magazine Ltd. Link
  • Play it Safe: Experts Look at the Latest Technologies and Solutions Available to Keep Consumer Goods Safe During Delivery [Magazine article]. In Parcel and Postal Technology International, 48-54. Surrey, UK: UKI Media & Events. Link
  • Paranoid about the Pandemic’: How COVID-19 Brought the ‘Largest Criminological Experiment in History’ [News article]. In National Post. Tronto, Ontario: National Post. Link
  • Crime Hasn’t Spiked During COVID-19 Outbreak--Yet [News article]. In U.S. News & World Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. News & World Report. Link
  • Porch Piracy – Causes and Solutions [Podcast interview]. In The Postal Hub Podcast Episode #189. Australia: The Postal Hub. Re-Print: Post & Parcel, Buckinghamshire, UK: Post & Parcel. Link
  • How Can We Stop ‘Porch Pirates’? A New Study Says the Answer is Simpler Than You Think [Magazine article]. In Input Magazine. London, UK: Bustle Digital Group. Link

National Audience

  • Authorities Crack Down on Porch Pirates [Television Program]. In Good Morning America. New York, NY: ABC News. Link
  • Porch Piracy; The Most Vulnerable Part of the Supply Chain [News Article]. In Loss Prevention Magazine. Link
  • Is COVID-19 Fueling a Rise in ‘Porch Piracy’? [News article]. In The Crime Report, New York, NY: John Jay College. Link 
  • MTSU, Texas State Professors Posit Pandemic Offers ‘Largest Criminological Experiment in History’ [News article]. In Newswise. Palmyar, VA: Newswise. Link
  • Have a New Address? Don’t Lose Your Mail [News article]. In The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company. Link
  • Researchers Publish First Academic Study on Package Theft [Blog]. In Prevent Package Theft. United States: Preventpackagetheft.com. Link
  • Porch Cameras [Radio program]. In BYUradio The Lisa Show. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University. Link
  • How Likely are you to be a ‘Porch Pirate’ Victim? A New Study Offers Clues [News program]. In WTOP Radio Consumer News. Washington, D.C.: WTOP News. Link
  • Cute Videos, But Little Evidence: Police Say Amazon Ring Isn’t Much of a Crime Fighter [News article]. In NBC Investigative Reporting. New York, NY: NBC Universal. Link
  • Breaking Down Porch Piracy & Metal Theft Featuring Dr. Ben Stickle [Podcast interview]. In Crime Science: The Science of Crime Prevention, Episode #37. Gainesville, FL: Loss Prevention Research Council. Link
  • The 12 Most Sought-After Items on Every Burglar’s Hit List [Magazine article]. In Readers Digest. New York, NY: Readers Digest. Link
  • Interview with Dr. Carter Smith, Author of Gangs and the Military [Television program]. Washington, D.C., CSPAN BookTV. Link

Regional Audience

  • Shopping Online? How to Avoid Porch Pirates this Holiday Season from an Expert on Package Theft [Newspaper article]. In The Tennessean: Nashville TN: The Tennessean. Link
  • How to Prevent Porch Pirates from Stealing your Packages this Holiday Season [News article]. In The Blade, Toledo, Ohio. Link
  • Domestic Violence Cases Not Affected by Pandemic [Newspaper article]. In Murfreesboro Post 15(35). Murfreesboro, TN: Murfreesboro Post. Link
  • A Look into Crime, Untold Stories, COVID-19 and More with Guest from MTSU [Radio program]. In Mornings with Walker. Murfreesboro, TN: WGNS Radio. Link
  • Why the Community Oversight Board Isn’t Waiting for Cooper’s Policy Review to Issue Call for Police Changes [Newspaper article]. In The Tennessean: Nashville TN: The Tennessean. Link
  • What Would Police Defunding Look Like in Nashville? [Television program]. In Fox 17 News at 5:30pm. Nashville, TN: WZTV Nashville Fox 17 News. Link
  • Experiences and Insights After Speaking on Panels at Two Separate United Nations Events Earlier This Year on Law Enforcement Roles in Combating Violence Against Women [Radio program]. In Mornings with Walker. Murfreesboro, TN: WGNS Radio. Link
  • Senior Fellow Ben Stickle Talk on Criminal Justice Reform [Podcast & YouTube]. Nashville, TN: The Beacon Center of Tennessee. Link
  • Bail Bondsmen: Pretrial Release Needed, But Not the Way Rutherford County Proposes [Newspaper article]. In the Daily News Journal. Murfreesboro, TN: Daily News Journal. Link
  • Is Violent Crime Rising? [Newspaper article]. In Murfreesboro Post. Murfreesboro, TN: Murfreesboro Post. Link

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Special Projects

GRANT ACTIVITY  

  • Lead Researcher & Program Evaluator of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s: Tennessee’s Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Enhanced Collaborative Model (EMC) Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role, funded at at $800,000 (2019 – 2022)
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GRANT ACTIVITY  

  • Lead Researcher & Program Evaluator of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s: Tennessee’s Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Enhanced Collaborative Model (EMC) Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role, funded at at $800,000 (2019 – 2022)
  • Co-Project Director & Lead Program Evaluator of Rutherford County (TN) Correctional Work Center’s: Keeping Family Connections with the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children, funded at $617,748 (2019–2022)

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Courses

Current Undergraduate Courses:

  • Community Relations*
  • Criminal Investigation^
  • Criminological Theory^
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice*
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Police Organization & Administration*^
  • Private and Industrial Security^
  • Security Administration*  

Current Graduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation Qualitative Research+* 
  • Qualtative Research +*

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