Samuel Nunn

Samuel Nunn

Professor Emeritus
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4080
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Nunn came to SPEA-IUPUI in 1993, after four years as a faculty member in public administration at the University of North Texas, and eight years as a municipal administrator in Texas. He is engaged in a variety of funded research projects involving Indiana criminal justice agencies, as well as a series of in-depth analyses of vehicular crashes and traffic safety programs within the state of Indiana.


Ph.D., Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware

Professional experience

  • Assistant director, Fort Worth, Texas, water and wastewater utility
  • Economic development planner, City of Fort Worth, Texas

Major fields of expertise

  • Criminal justice technology systems
  • Terrorism & public policies
  • State and local criminal justice policies & programs
  • State and local homeland security policies
  • Social science research methods

Intellectual contributions

  • 2011. (and W. Newby). The geography of deterrence: exploring the small area effects of sobriety checkpoints on alcohol-impaired collision rates within a city. Evaluation Review, first published on April 25, 2011. Available at
  • 2011. “Death by motorcycle: background, behavioral, and situational correlates of fatal motorcycle collisions,” Journal of Forensic Sciences 56(2): 429-437. March.
  • 2010. “‘Wanna still nine hard?’: Exploring Mechanisms of Police Bias in the Translation and Interpretation of Wiretap Conversations,” Surveillance and Society 8(1): 28-42. September.
  • 2010. “Cybercrime,” in G. Ritzer (ed.), The Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Blackwell Publishing, Ltd. Oxford, UK.
  • 2010. “Terrorism, Geography of,” in Barney Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • 2008. "Measuring Criminal Justice Technology Outputs: The Case of Title III Wiretap Productivity, 1987-2005," Journal of Criminal Justice 36(4): 344-353. August.
  • 2007. "Incidents of Terrorism in the United States, 1997 to 2005," Geographical Review 97(1): 89-111. January.
  • 2006. "Tell Us What's Going to Happen: Information Feeds to the War on Terror," CTHEORY: Theory, Technology and Culture 29(3). Available at September.
  • 2006. (and K.D. Quinet, D. Christ, K. Rowe). "Interdiction Day: Covert Surveillance Operations, Drugs and Serious Crime in an Inner City Neighborhood," Police Quarterly9(1): 73-99. February
  • 2005. "Preventing the Next Terrorist Attack: The Theory and Practice of Homeland Security Information Systems," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management2 (1). Article 1. Available at September.
  • 2004. "Thinking the Inevitable: Suicide Attacks in America and the Design of Effective Public Safety Policies", Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 1(4), 1-21. Article 401. Available at
  • 2003. "Seeking Tools for the War on Terror: A Critical Assessment of Emerging Technologies in Law Enforcement," Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 26(3): 454-472.
  • 2003. (and K. D. Quinet and N. Kinkaid). "Training Police: A Case Study of Differential Impacts of Problem Oriented Policing Training," Police Practice and Research 4 (3): 263-283.
  • 2002. (and K. D. Quinet). "Evaluating the Effects of Information Technology on Problem-Oriented Policing: If It Doesn't Fit, Must We Quit?" Evaluation Review 26(1): 81-108. February.
  • 2002. "When Superman Used X-Ray Vision, Did He Have A Search Warrant? Emerging Law Enforcement Technologies and the Transformation Of Urban Space," Journal of Urban Technology 9(3): 69-87.
  • 2001. "Cities, Space, and the New World of Urban Law Enforcement Technologies," Journal of Urban Affairs 23(3-4): 259-278.
  • 1998. (and K.D. Quinet) "Illuminating Crime: The Impact of Street Lighting on Calls for Police Service." Evaluation Review 22(6): 751-779. December.
  • 1994. "How Capital Technologies Affect Municipal Service Outcomes: The Case of Police Mobile Digital Terminals and Stolen Vehicle Recoveries," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 13(3): 539-559. Summer.
  • 1993. "Computers in the Cop Car: Impact of the Mobile Digital Computer on Motor Vehicle Theft Clearance Rates and Recovery in a Texas City," Evaluation Review 17 (2): 184-205. April.

Courses taught

  • SPEA-J582 Criminal Justice Systems
  • SPEA-J 272 / SPEA-V 272 Terrorism and Public Policy
  • SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System
  • SPEA-J 272 Crime, Technology, and Public Safety
  • SPEA-J 260 Reel Crime: Hollywood Takes on Real Crime
  • SPEA-J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources


  • Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
  • Indiana State Police
  • Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
  • Past Graduate Program Director, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Director, IUPUI Center for Criminal Justice Research