Christopher J. Marier

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Christopher J. Marier is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. His teaching and research currently focuses primarily on policing, race, and theories of social control. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he worked in law enforcement, including assignments in patrol and school policing. He is a recipient of the University of South Florida Graduate Fellowship Award, the ACJS International Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, and the Appalachian State University Undergraduate Research Council Grant. His research has been published in Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, and the American Journal of Criminal Justice.

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NC Officer Health, Fitness, and Wellness

At the direction of the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission, and in a joint effort with partners at the North Carolina Justice Academy, researchers from Appalachian State University conducted a study aimed at understanding what benefit, if any, there would be to requiring …

Ethnic diversity, Ethnic Polarization, and Incarceration Rates: A Cross-national Study

Recent political rhetoric both in the U.S. and abroad has drawn renewed attention to racial and ethnic conflict, state power, and punishment. The salience of minority group conflict on incarceration is well established in theory and research in the U.S. This study explores whether racial/ethnic composition explains incarceration rates throughout the world, rather than being …

Racial Threat and Punitive Police Attitudes

Racial Threat Theory posits that punitive attitudes are produced when majority groups are alarmed by large or growing Black populations.  While research has identified a relationship between Black composition and support from community members for more punitive criminal justice policy, no research  has examined whether racial composition influences punitive attitudes among criminal justice personnel—even though …