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My academic articles have been published in several top-tier peer-reviewed journals, including Criminology; Social Problems; Social Forces; Justice Quarterly; Homicide Studies; and Criminal Law and Criminology.


Capital Punishment and Homicide Disparities

  • Nick Petersen. 2020. “Cumulative Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Potentially Capital Cases: A Multi-Stage Analysis of Pre-trial Disparities.” Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 45(2) 225-249. DOI: 10.1177/0734016817721291.
  • Nick Petersen. 2017. “Examining the Sources of Racial Bias in Potentially Capital Cases: A Case Study of Police and Prosecutorial Discretion.” Race and Justice: An International Journal, 7(1) 7-34. DOI: 10.1177/2153368716645842.

  • Nick Petersen. 2017. “Neighbourhood Context and Unsolved Murders: The Social Ecology of Homicide Investigations.” Policing & Society. 27(4).
  • Nick Petersen. 2016. “Neighborhood Context and Media Constructions of Murder: A Multi-Level Analysis of Homicide Newspaper Coverage in Los Angeles County.” Homicide Studies, 20(1) 25–52. DOI: 10.1177/1088767914554616.
  • Nick Petersen and Mona Lynch. 2013. “Prosecutorial Discretion, Hidden Costs, and the Death Penalty: The Case of Los Angeles County.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 102(4) 1233-1274.
  • Cited in Arizona Supreme Court case Bush v. Arizona (139 S. Ct. 1546, 2019).

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Justice Contact

  • Binnall, James and Nick Petersen. Forthcoming. “Felon-Jurors’ Impact on Deliberation Satisfaction: Do They Really ‘Infect’ the Process?” Justice System Journal.
  • James Binnall, Christine Scott-Hayward, Nick Petersen, Ruby Gonzalez†. 2021. “Taking Roll: College Students’ Views of Their Formerly Incarcerated Classmates.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education. DOI: 10.1080/10511253.2021.196293
  • Binnall, James and Nick Petersen. 2020. “Building Biased Jurors: Revealing the Circularity of the Inherent Bias Rationale for Felon-Juror Exclusion.” Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Vol. 27, No. 1, 110–125. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2019.1687047.
  • James Binnall and Nick Petersen. 2020. “They’re Just Different: The Bifurcation of Public Attitudes Toward Felon-Jurors Convicted of Violent Offenses.” Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-020-09912-3.
  • James Binnall and Nick Petersen. 2020. “No Fear Here: How the Public Views Anticipated Interactions with Jurors Convicted of a Felony.” Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law (non-peer-reviewed law review article). Vol. 25, No. 2, 1–137, DOI:
  • James Binnall and Nick Petersen. 2020. “Public Perceptions of Felon-Juror Exclusion: An Exploratory Study on Invisibility, Agenda-Setting, and Politics.” Criminology and Criminal Justice. 1-21, DOI: 10.1177/1748895819898518.

Racial-Ethnic and Case-Processing Disparities in Criminal Justice

  • Oshea Johnson, Marisa Omori, and Nick Petersen. Forthcoming. “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Drug Charging Trajectories.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
  • Lanuza, Yader, Nick Petersen, and Marisa Omori. 2021. “Colorism in Punishment Among Hispanics in the Criminal Justice System.” Social Problems. 1–22, DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spab044
  • Nick Petersen and Marisa Omori. 2020. “Is the Process the Only Punishment?: Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Lower-Level Courts.” Law & Policy,1–22. DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12140.
  • Marisa Omori and Nick Petersen. 2020. “Institutionalizing Inequality in the Courts: Decomposing Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Detention, Conviction and Sentencing.” Criminology. Vol. 58(4) 678-713. DOI: 10.1111/1745-9125.12257.
  • Martinez, Brandon P., Nick Petersen, and Marisa Omori. 2019. “Time, Money, and Punishment: Institutional Racial-Ethnic Inequalities in Pretrial Detention and Case Outcomes.” Crime and Delinquency, 1–27. DOI: 10.1177/0011128719881600.
  • Nick Petersen. 2019b. “Low-Level, but High Speed?: Assessing Pretrial Detention Effects on the Timing and Content of Misdemeanor versus Felony Guilty Pleas.” Justice Quarterly, 2019, Vol.36(7), pp.1314-1335. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1639791.
  • Nick Petersen. 2019a. “Do detainees plead guilty faster?: A survival analysis of pretrial detention and the timing of guilty pleas.” Criminal Justice Policy Review,31(7) 1015–1035, DOI: 10.1177/0887403419838020.
  • Nick Petersen, Marisa Omori, and Rachel Lautenschlager. 2018. “(Dis)order in the Court: Examining Neighborhood Disorder Prosecutions in Miami-Dade County.” Justice Quarterly, (2018) Vol.36(7), 1250–1279.
  • Dunham, Roger and Nick Petersen (equal authorship). 2017. “Making Black Lives Matter: Evidence-Based Policies for Reducing Police Bias in the Use of Deadly Force” Criminology & Public Policy, 16(1) 341–348. DOI:10.1111/1745-9133.12284.

Race-Ethnicity and Stratification

• George Wilson, Vincent Roscigno, Carsten Sauer, and Nick Petersen. 2021. “Mobility, Inequality, and Beliefs About Distribution and Redistribution.” Social Forces. DOI: 10.1093/sf/soab047.

• Ward, Geoff, Nick Petersen, Aaron Kupchik, and James Pratt. 2019. “School Discipline and the Legacy of Racialized Violence: Historic Lynching and Racially Disparate Corporal Punishment in Southern Schools.” Social Problems, 1–22. DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spz044.

• Wilson, George, Nick Petersen, David Maume, and Ryan Smith. 2019. “Particularism and Racial Mobility into Privileged Occupations.” Social Science Research, 78 (2019) 82–94.

• Martínez, Brandon, Nick Petersen, and George Wilson. 2018. “Pathways to Cuban-American Homeownership: A Case Study of Race, Assimilation, and Ownership Dynamics.” Pp. 93-118 in Latinos in the 21st Century: Their Voices and Lived Experiences, edited by Inigo Álvarez and Ada Vargas. Nova Science Publishers Inc.: Hauppauge, NY

Nick Petersen and Geoff Ward. 2015. “The Transmission of Historical Racial Violence: Lynching, Civil Rights-Era Terror, and Contemporary Interracial Homicide.” Race and Justice: An International Journal, 5(2) 114-143. DOI: 10.1177/2153368714567577.

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