Timothy Dickinson

Timothy Dickinson

Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4086
Phone: 317-274-4451

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015
  • M.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2011
  • B.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2006

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Criminology

Major fields of expertise:

  • Offender decision-making
  • Offender communication
  • Drug markets
  • Qualitative research methods

Intellectual contributions:


  • Dickinson, Timothy. 2017. Non-violent threats, promises, and deterrence among drug dealers. The International Journal of Drug Policy, 42:7-14.
  • Ray, Bradley, Kenna Quinet, Timothy Dickinson, and Alfarena Ballew. 2017. Disentangling fatal overdoses in Marion County, Indiana. Journal of Urban Health, January, 1-10.
  • Dickinson, T. & Wright, R. (2015). Gossip, decision-making, and deterrence in drug markets. British Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv010
  • Dickinson, T. (2015). Exploring the drugs/violence nexus among active offenders: Contributions from the St. Louis school. Criminal Justice Review, 40: 67-86.
  • Wright, R., Tekin, E., Topalli, V., McClellan, C., Dickinson, T., & Rosenfeld, R. (2014). Less cash, less crime: The impact of subsidy digitization on street crime (Working Paper No. 19996). National Bureau of Economic Research: (A modified version of this paper is under review at Journal of Public Economics).


  • Copes, H., Jacques, S., Hochstetler, A., & Dickinson, T. (2015). Interviewing offenders: The active vs. inmate debate. In H. Copes & J. M. Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Criminology. London: Routledge.

Courses Taught:

SPEA J101 American Criminal Justice System

SPEA J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies