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

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Stickle is a criminologist with an extensive experience in policing and crime prevention. His teaching, research, and scholarship focus on emerging and specific forms of crime, police operations and management, and program evaluation. He is a former practitioner and often collaborates with police and corrections agencies.  

Areas of Focus

Crime during the Pandemic | Metal Theft | Package Theft | Policing Operations, Administration, Staffing, and Mental Health Response

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Degree Information

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Emerging Crimes: Package Theft, Crime during COVID, Metal Theft
  • Policing: Operations, Administration, Staffing, Use of Force, Mental Health Response
  • Theoretical: Environmental Criminology, Routine Activity, Qualitative Methods

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 Kentucky Law Enforcement Council member. 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

Please see CV for a full list of presentations. 

Awards

  • Distinguished Research Award, Middle Tennessee State University (2021)
  • Global Thought Leaders & Influencers (#1 for Health & Safety, #5 for COVID Business Impact, #10 for Risk Management, #21 in Supply Chain Management), Thinkers 360 (2021)
  • Faculty Initiate, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2021)
  • McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (2020)
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  • Distinguished Research Award, Middle Tennessee State University (2021)
  • Global Thought Leaders & Influencers (#1 for Health & Safety, #5 for COVID Business Impact, #10 for Risk Management, #21 in Supply Chain Management), Thinkers 360 (2021)
  • Faculty Initiate, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2021)
  • 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 (2018, 2019)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Experiential Learning, Middle Tennessee State University (2018)
  • Influential Faculty Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2017)

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

  • Stickle, B. (Online First). The Sharing Economy a Disruptive Innovation to the Criminal Justice System. Victims & Offenders.
  • Ledford, L. S., Osborne, D. L., Edwards, B. D., & Stickle, B. (Online First). Conservation Officer Perceptions of Stress Associated with Traditional Policing Duties. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
  • Miller, J. M., Jennings, W. G., Vose, B., Miller, H. V., Mill...
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

  • Stickle, B. (Online First). The Sharing Economy a Disruptive Innovation to the Criminal Justice System. Victims & Offenders.
  • Ledford, L. S., Osborne, D. L., Edwards, B. D., & Stickle, B. (Online First). Conservation Officer Perceptions of Stress Associated with Traditional Policing Duties. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
  • Miller, J. M., Jennings, W. G., Vose, B., Miller, H. V., Miller, B. L., Stickle, B., Koskinen, S. M., Jossie*, M. L. (Online First). Marijuana Enforcement Since Drug Policy Reform: An Exploration of Officer Discretion in Six States. American Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Stickle, B., Kulig, T., Creel, S., Meyer, K., Maynard, B., & Jeanes, G. (2022). Human Trafficking Awareness and Reporting: Insights from Tennessee Police Websites and Social Media. Policing: An International Journal, 45(6), 1051-1063.  
  • Hicks, M., Stickle, B., Harms, J. (2022). Assessing the Fear of Package Theft. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 47(1), 399-420.  
  • Stickle, B. (2021). A High Note: Drug Misuse in Popular Rap Music. Substance Use & Misuse, 56(10), 1448-1456.  
  • Gross, S., & Stickle, B. (2021). Policies on Consensual Sexual Activity in State Prisons. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 32(5), 546-561.  
  • Ledford, L. S., Osborne, D. L., Edwards, B. D., & Stickle, B. (2021). Not Just a Walk in the Woods? Exploring the Impact of Individual Characteristics and Changing Job Roles on Stress among Conversation Officers. Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, 22(1), 274-289.  
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Vermeer, S., Stickle, B., Frame, M., & Hein, M. (2020). Reasons and Barriers for Choosing Police Careers. Policing: An International Journal, 43(5), 817-830.  
  • 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 and 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.

Books  

  • Stickle, B. (Ed.). (2022). Field Studies in Environmental Criminology. London: Routledge.
  • Eterno, J. A., Stickle, B., Peterson, D. S., & Das, D. K. (Eds.). (2021). Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View. London: Routledge.
  • Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters  

  • Stickle, B. & Plank, J. (forthcoming). The Impact of COVID-19 on Theft. In B. Pleggenkuhle & J. Schafer (Eds.), Crime and Justice Innovations, Adaptations, and Responses to the COVID19 Pandemic. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.  
  • Stickle, B. (forthcoming). The Impact of COVID on Interpersonal Violence. In D. Peterson, D. Zhang, & J. Schroeder (Eds.), Gender-Specific and Socio-Cultural Approaches to Understanding Global Response to Interpersonal Violence: Volume II (XX-XX). New York, NY: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B., Pietraswka, B., & Aurand, S. K. (2023). Crime During Covid-19: The Impact on Retail. In M. Deflem (Ed.), Crime and Social Control in Pandemic Times. (Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Volume 28). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.  
  • Stickle, B. (2022). Introduction. In Stickle, B. (Ed.). Field Studies in Environmental Criminology. London: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B., Hicks, M., Stickle, A., & Hutchinson, Z. (2022). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis. In Stickle, B. (Ed.). Field Studies in Environmental Criminology. London: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (2021). An Examination of Police Corruption Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. In J. A. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. S. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View, (161-173). London: Routledge.  
  • Hicks, M., & Stickle, B. (2021). A National Perspective on Retail Theft Prevention. In J. A. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. S. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View, (301-310). London: Routledge.  
  • Stickle, B. (2020). Street Scavengers and Street Culture. In J. I. Ross (Ed.), Routledge Handbook on Street Culture (170-185). London: 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). London: Routledge.

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In the Media

Media Interviews

AARP (Washington, DC; 2021) American Association for the Advancement of Science; SciLine (New York, NY, 2022) Bob Vila.com (West Barnstable, MA; 2022) BYU Radio (Provo, UT; 2020) CBS Chicago (Chicago, IL; 2021) Consumer Reports (Yonkers, NY; 2022) Conversation w. CAP, Podcast #4 (Exton, PA; 2021) Courier-Journal (Lexington, KY; 2022) Crime Science: The Science of Crime Prevention, Podcast #3...

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Media Interviews

AARP (Washington, DC; 2021) American Association for the Advancement of Science; SciLine (New York, NY, 2022) Bob Vila.com (West Barnstable, MA; 2022) BYU Radio (Provo, UT; 2020) CBS Chicago (Chicago, IL; 2021) Consumer Reports (Yonkers, NY; 2022) Conversation w. CAP, Podcast #4 (Exton, PA; 2021) Courier-Journal (Lexington, KY; 2022) Crime Science: The Science of Crime Prevention, Podcast #37 & #TBD (Gainesville, FL; 2020, 2022) CSPAN Book TV (Washington, D.C.; 2017) Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, TN; 2019) Delivery Safe, Blog (Chicago, IL; 2021, 2021) Education Research Channel TV (MTSU; 2020) Freight Waves (Chattanooga, TN; 2022) Georgia Public Broadcasting (Atlanta, GA; 2021) Good Morning America (ABC, NY; 2021, 2021) IDX TV (London, UK; 2022) Input Magazine (London, UK; 2020) KCBS Radio (San Francisco, CA; 2021) Knowable Magazine (Palo Alto, CA; 2022) Let’s Talk Supply Chain, Podcast (Ontario, CA; 2022) LifeRaft Physical Security, Podcast (Halifax, NS; 2022) Loss Prevention Magazine (Worcester, MA; 2021) MT10 TV (MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN; 2020) MTSU Alumni Magazine (Murf., TN; 2021, 2022) MTSU News (Murfreesboro, TN; 2022) MTSU On the Record (MTSU; 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2020, 2020) MTSU Sidelines (Murfreesboro, TN; 2019) Murfreesboro Post (Murfreesboro, TN; 2018, 2020) NBC Investigative Reporting (New York, NY; 2020) New York Times (New York, NY; 2020 Reprinted: Chicago Tribune, etc.) News Nation Now TV (Chicago, IL; 2021) Parcel & Postal Technology Intern. (Surrey, UK; 2020) Parcel Magazine (Madison, WI; 2021) Popular Mechanics (New York, NY: 2022) Post & Parcel (Buckinghamshire, UK; 2020) Readers Digest (New York, NY; 2019, 2021) SafeWise.com (Salt Lake City, UT; 2021 Reprinted: Axios, Denver Gazette, Fox News, WSB, Charlotte Observer, New York Post, Tri-City Herald, etc.) San Francisco Standard (San Francisco, CA; 2022) Security Management Highlights (Alexandra, VA; 2022) Spectrum News 1 (Louisville, KY; 2022) The Beacon Center of Tennessee (Nashville, TN; 2019) The Blade (Toledo, OH; 2020) The Crime Report (New York, NY; 2020, 2021) The Guardian (New York, NY; 2022 Reprinted: Type Investigations) The Postal Hub, Podcast #189 (Australia; 2020) The Tennessean (Nashville, TN; 2020, 2020) WGN Radio (Chicago, IL; 2021) WGN TV (Chicago, IL; 2021 Replayed: WCBD, WGHP, WWTI, WJMN, WJTV, WBTW, etc.WGNS Radio (Murfreesboro, TN; 2019, 2020) WREG, News 3 (Memphis, TN; 2022) WTOP Radio (Washington, DC; 2020) WTVC, News Channel 9 (Chattanooga, TN; 2021) WZTV, Fox 17 (Nashville, TN; 2020)

Media Quotes & Citations

CNet (Charlotte, NC; 2021) CEPro (New York, NY; 2022) Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, TN; 2022) Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX; 2022) Delivery Safe, Blog (Chicago, IL; 2020, 2021, 2022) Fox News (New York, NY; 2021) Inside Sources (Washington, DC; 2022 Reprinted: Boston Herald, SFGate, Postal Times, etc.) KETK, Fox 51 (Tyler, TX; 2021) KTVU, Fox 2 (Oakland, CA; 2021) MSN News (Redmond, WA; 2020, 2021) National Post (Toronto, CA; 2020 Reprinted: 90+ London Free Press, Daily Observer, Guardian, etc.) Patch (Tampa, FL; 2021) Policing Insight (2020) PreventPackageTheft.com (2020, 2020, 2021) Readers Digest Canada (New York, NY; 2021) SafeWise.com (Salt Lake City, UT; 2020, 2021, 2022) San Antonio Express (San Antonio, TX; 2022) Security Magazine (Skokie, IL; 2022) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA; 2021) The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA; 2021) The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA; 2021) U.S. News & World Report (Wash., DC; 2020) WGNS Radio (Murfreesboro, TN; 2022) World News Now (ABC, New York, NY; 2020) WSMV, News 4 (Nashville, TN; 2022)

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Special Projects

Scholarship & Research

  • Subject Matter Expert of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation: Officer Recruitment and Retention: TBI Diversity Targeted Outreach Initiative: U.S. Department of Justice: Community Oriented Policing Services: Community Policing Development Microgrants Program, funded at $175,000 with J. Mitchell Miller, Holly V. Miller, & Lynda Williams (2022-2023)  
  • Co-Primary Investigator for S...
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Scholarship & Research

  • Subject Matter Expert of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation: Officer Recruitment and Retention: TBI Diversity Targeted Outreach Initiative: U.S. Department of Justice: Community Oriented Policing Services: Community Policing Development Microgrants Program, funded at $175,000 with J. Mitchell Miller, Holly V. Miller, & Lynda Williams (2022-2023)  
  • Co-Primary Investigator for Survey of Package Thieves, Middle Tennessee State University, funded at $4,000 with Alexander Jackson (2022)  
  • Co-Primary Investigator for Mackinac Center for Public Policy, A Meta-Analysis of Educational and Occupational Training Programs in Correctional Settings, funded at $30,000 with Steven Sprick Schuster (2022)  
  • Primary Investigator for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & Tennessee’s Statistical Analysis Center’s: Core Capacity Building Project, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: State Justice Statistics Program of Statistical Analysis Centers, 2021, funding at $80,416 (2021-Present)  
  • Primary Investigator for 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 $800,000 (2020–Present)  
  • Primary Investigator for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & Tennessee Statistical Analysis Center: Increasing Access to and Quality of Criminal Justice Data in Tennessee, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: State Justice Statistics Program of Statistical Analysis Centers, 2020, funded at $79,180 (2020-2022)  
  • Co-Primary Investigator of Gallatin (TN) Police Department Workload-Performance Staffing Analysis: U.S. Department of Justice: Community Oriented Policing Services: Community Policing Development Microgrants Program, funded at $92,017 with J. Mitchell Miller & Wesley Jennings (2020-2022)

Program Evaluation & Scientific Consultant

  • Co-Program Evaluator for Rutherford County (TN) Correctional Work Center: Re-Entry Career Training, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act, Category 2: Improving Reentry Education and Employment Outcomes, funded at $900,000 with Vickie Harden (2022–Present)  
  • Co-Program Evaluator for Rutherford County (TN) Correctional Work Center: Keeping Family Connections, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children, funded at $617,748 with Vickie Harden (2019-2022)  
  • Program Evaluator for Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry: Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Second Chance Comprehensive Community-based Adult Reentry Program, funded at $500,000. (2018–2021)

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Courses

Primary Undergraduate Courses:

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

Primary Graduate Courses:

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