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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Oliver Bowers

Bowers, Oliver_Ph.D. CandidateOliver Bowers, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Cybercrime; Technology; Comparative policing; Criminology; Advanced methodologies; and Criminal policy.

Teaching and Research Experience:
During my time at WSU I have taught a multitude of courses, both in-person and online, including Policing and Society, Crime and Justice in the Movies, Violence Toward Women, Introduction to Policing, and Crime Control Policies. I built each of these courses myself and have taught several of them multiple times. These courses have ranged from 30 to 125 students and my evaluations are consistently very positive. Additionally, I won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

My research experience involves both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and primarily focuses on cybercrime, policing, criminal justice policy, and the intersection of technology and crime. My research typically explores operationalization and new approaches to existing topics, as well as instrument development and validation. My program experience includes NVivo, SPSS, R, Tableau, and Amelia. I have worked on many research projects with Dr. David Makin and presented our research at national conferences including both ACJS and ASC.

Recent Publications:

  • Makin, D. & Bowers, O. “Netflix as a Piracy Disruptor? A Cross-Sectional Test of Accessibility and Affordability on interest in Piracy”. International Journal of Cyber Criminology. 
  • Stanton, D., Makin, D., Stohr, M., Willits, D., Lovrich, N. P., Hemmens, C., Meize, M., Bowers, O., & Snyder, J. “Law Enforcement Perceptions of the Effects of Cannabis Legalization on Law Enforcement and Crime”.

Thesis/Dissertation Chair: Dr. David Makin

Positions Sought: Academic – teaching primarily