Dr. Ben Stickle

Associate Professor

Dr. Ben Stickle
615-898-2265
(615) 898-5159
Room 211, Jones Hall (JH)
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

  • Crime Prevention
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Metal Theft
  • Private Security
  • Police Operations, Administration & Use of Force
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Biography

Dr. Ben Stickle is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s 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, crime prevention, environmental crime, metal theft, and private security. Ben has published ...

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Dr. Ben Stickle is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s 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, crime prevention, environmental crime, metal theft, and private security. Ben has published in peer-reviewed journals on these topics and is the author of, Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit.

Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the criminal justice field including service as Sheriff’s Deputy, Advanced Police Officer, and Advanced Crime Scene Processor. Ben is a two-time President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (the governing body of Kentucky law enforcement). He has also served as a firearms instructor, private security officer, and worked with juvenile delinquents in the Court Designated Workers Office. Ben is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII) and is a Certified Crime Scene Analyst by the International Association of Identification.

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Presentations

Invited Presentations  

Stickle, B. (2019). Metal Scrappers & Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York (Lecture).  

Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Thieves & Scrappers: An Ethnographic Study. Middle Tennessee State University College of Behavioral and He...

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Invited Presentations  

Stickle, B. (2019). Metal Scrappers & Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York (Lecture).  

Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Thieves & Scrappers: An Ethnographic Study. Middle Tennessee State University College of Behavioral and Health Sciences (Lecture).    

International Presentations  

Stickle, B., & Stickle, A. (2019). Patrol Staffing Analysis for the Practitioner. Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium, Belgrade Serbia (Panel 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 (Panel 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, S., 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, New York, NY (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 (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). Techniques & Methods of Metal Thieves. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, German Police University, Münster, Germany (Panel Presentation).    

National Presentations  

Berlin, M., Das, D., Peterson, D., & Stickle, B. (2019). Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. 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. Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Panel Presentation).  

Das, D., Peterson, D., Berlin, M., Stickle, B., & Ozguler, M. (2019). Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe. Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Discussant, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Ethnography with Active Criminals. Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B., Hicks, M., Hutchinson, Z., & Stickle, A. (2018). Crime Prevention Methods for Unattended Package Delivery Theft or Porch Piracy. Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., & Hutchinson, Z. (2018). Porch Piracy: Trends, Techniques, & Prevention. Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Who Are the Metal Thieves? Annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. & Moore, M. (2018). The True Cost of Private Security Officers. 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. Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Missouri (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). Types of Experience as Decisions Factors When Selecting Police Officers. Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Denver, Colorado (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). An Ethnographic Study of Scrappers and Metal Thieves: Identifying Taxonomy & Subcultures. Annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2014). Coercion by Law Enforcement During Public Contact: Escalation Resulting in Physical Force? Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Visual Presentation).    

Regional Presentations  

Hicks, M., Stickle, B., & Wade, L. (2019). Package Theft: A Survey of Retail Consumers. Annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2019). Street Scavenging Culture. Annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Palmer, D. & Stickle, B. (2019). How Plea Bargaining Has Impacted the Criminal Justice System. Annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Taxonomy of Scrappers & Metal Thieves. Annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association, Birmingham, Alabama (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2017). The Difficulties, Successes, & Failures of Ethnographic Studies with Difficult to Reach Populations. Annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). A Decade of Illicit and Prescription Due Abuse in Popular Rap Music. Annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Savanah, Georgia (Panel Presentation).    

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Awards

2019 - Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University

2018 - Outstanding Faculty Award, Experiential Learning, Middle Tennessee State University

2017 - Influential Faculty Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2017 - Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University

Research / Scholarly Activity

Monographs & Books  

Stickle, B. (2017) Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.            

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

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...

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Monographs & Books  

Stickle, B. (2017) Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.            

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

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.  

Stickle, B. (2015). Examining Public Willingness-to-pay for Burglary Prevention. Crime Prevention & Community Safety 17(2), 120-138.  

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.            

Book Chapters  

Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Scrounging and the Street Culture. In Ross, J. I. (Ed.), Handbook on Street Culture (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.

Stickle, B. (in press). Honorable Steve Minton, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court: Interviewed by Ben Stickle. In Lowe, D. & Das, D. K. (Eds.), Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, Volume 4 (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.  

Stickle, B. (in press). Steve Conrad, Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department: Interviewed by Ben Stickle. In Baker, B. F. & Das, D. K. (Eds.), Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Volume 6 (pp). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.        

Book Reviews  

Hicks, M. & Stickle, B. (2019). Book Review. The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Columbia and Mexico, Angélica Durán-Martínez. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.

Stickle, B. (2018). Review of the book: Crime Script Analysis: Preventing Crimes Against Business, Harald Haelterman. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  

Stickle, B. (2018). Book Review. The Myth of Moral Panic: Sex, Snuff, and Satan, Bill Thompson & Andy 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.        

Encyclopedia Entries  

Stickle, B. (2015). The Great Brinks Robbery. In Steven Chermak, and Frankie Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.                          

Stickle, B. (2015). The Onion Field Case. In Steven Chermak, and Frankie Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. (2015). Trial of Sheriff Joseph Shipp. In Steven Chermak, and Frankie Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.   Tewksbury, R. &

Stickle, B. (2015). Prison Populations. In Wesley G. Jennings, George Higgins, Dave Khey, and Mildred Maldonado-Molina (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.  

Government & Research Reports

Stickle, B. (2018). Morgan County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office Staffing and Performance. Commissioned by the Morgan County, Tennessee, County Executive.   Other Publications   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.

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In the Media

Walker, B (2019). Experiences and insights after speaking on panels at two separate United Nations events earlier this year on law enforcement roles in combatting violence against women. WGNS, Link.

Walpole, D. (2019). The 12 most sought-after items on every burglar’s hit list. Readers Digest, Link.

Shultis, R. (2019). Senior Fellow Ben Stickle Talk on Criminal Justice Reform. Beacon Center of Tennessee, Link.

Hineman, B. (2019). Bail bondsmen: ...

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Walker, B (2019). Experiences and insights after speaking on panels at two separate United Nations events earlier this year on law enforcement roles in combatting violence against women. WGNS, Link.

Walpole, D. (2019). The 12 most sought-after items on every burglar’s hit list. Readers Digest, Link.

Shultis, R. (2019). Senior Fellow Ben Stickle Talk on Criminal Justice Reform. Beacon Center of Tennessee, Link.

Hineman, B. (2019). Bail bondsmen: Pretrial release needed, but not the way Rutherford County proposes. Daily News Journal, Link.

Logue, G. (2019). Partners in crime. Middle Tennessee State University Outcomes Spring 2019, 5(1), p. 28, Link.

Logue, G. (2019). Criminal justice professor snips away at scrap metal theft. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record, Link.

Logue, G. (2019). Focuses on department’s growing relationship with TBI, police statewide. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record, Link.

Logue, G. (2019). Academia and the academy. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record, Link.

Reynolds, J. (2018). Is violent crime rising? Murfreesboro Post, Link. Smith, C. (2017). Gangs and the military. CSPAN BookTV, Link.

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Courses

 Current Undergraduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice*
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice*
  • Police Organization & Administration*
  • Private and Industrial Security
  • Security Administration*

Current Graduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Qualitative Research+*
  • The Concept of Justice

Selected Prior Courses:

  • Civil Liberties*
  • Court Processes and Procedures*
  • Interview & Testimony+*
  • Introduction to Forensics