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Assistant Professor
Johnson Tower 721, WSU Pullman

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PhD, Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2012, Washington State University
M.S. Administration of Justice, 2004, University of Louisville
B.S. Criminal Justice: Victimology, 2002, Pennsylvania State University


David A. Makin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at WSU. He is also a Research Fellow within the Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice (WSICJ), which is a collaboration with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and other public safety agencies to advance applied research and innovative public safety practices. In addition, Dr. Makin is Research Faculty within the Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) at Washington State University. Dr. Makin has been with Washington State University for seven years, after completing a Fellowship within the Southern Police Institute (SPI), a training institute for police executives and spending several years in the private sector. Dr. Makin is a recipient of several awards, most recently receiving the 2015 Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences, from the Associated Students of Washington State University and the Greg and Beth Pierce Fellowship Award.

Dr. Makin’s research interests include Technological Deviance, Intelligence-Led Policing, Forensic Practice and Policy, Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Multiculturalism, and Advanced Research Methodologies. Examples of this research include the Pullman (WA) Police Department Smart Policing Initiative Public Safety Camera Project, Longitudinal Study of the Efficacy of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Washington State, the Pullman (WA) Police Department Safety & Health Investment Project (SHIP) evaluation funded by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, National Evaluation of Genetic Evidence within Property Crime Scenes, and a Body-Worn Camera Program Implementation. Dr. Makin has acted in the capacity of Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and Collaborator on projects funded by Federal, State, and Private agencies, having received over $600,000 in research grants since starting his career. Dr. Makin has experience in advanced research methods, having completed and took part in national assessments, program evaluations, and applied research spanning criminal justice agencies, social services, and school environments. Last, as a researcher, Dr. Makin has experience coordinating and conducting research in a diverse range of environments including projects within the states of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, Montana, California, Idaho, and Washington State. Additionally, Dr. Makin through his comparative and international research has conducted research on Spain, and the regions of Africa and the Caribbean.

Dr. Makin teaches security related courses encompassing Policing (domestic, international, and comparative), Society and Justice, and Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice. Dr. Makin has received over $10,000 in grants to enhance teaching methodologies and improve student engagement. As well as teaching, Dr. Makin has extensive experience in developing educational material and training material.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses: Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society, Violence towards Women, Crime Prevention Strategies, Special Topics: Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Introduction to Criminological Theory.

Graduate Courses: Seminar in Comparative Policing, Policing and Society, Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Institutions

Research Interests

Technology, Crime, Deviance, and Public Policy, Policing (Domestic and International), Comparative Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Research Methods.

Research Projects

LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS OF THE DESIGNATED EXAMINER PROCESS. Description – Statewide Analysis of the Designated Examiner Process.

IDAHO REGION II MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Description – Service provider and client needs assessment focusing on mental health including a Stress and Burnout assessment of clinicians.

SMART POLICING CCTV PROJECT (CO-INVESTIGATOR). Description – $300,000 grant for the implementation and evaluation of closed-circuit television cameras within a hot spot environment.

BODYWORN CAMERA PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT. Description – Preliminary assessment of the pilot program designed to evaluate the impact and the implementation issues associated with the TASER Axon FLEX system. Survey of command staff and patrol officers on the system and policy recommendations for the Chief of Police.

ADAMS MALL CCTV OPERATOR PROJECT. Description – Establishment of an operator program to monitor CCTV camera feeds from a remote location and formulation of an implementation assessment of the operator program.

EVALUATING THE EFFICACY OF PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING IN POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING (CO-INVESTIGATOR). Description – Outcome assessment of the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model, implemented within the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA).

POLICE EXPERIENCE AND DNA FORENSICS: IN CONCERT OR AT ODDS: SEEKING PERFORMANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Description – Project utilizes a mixed methodology reflecting a national survey, interviews, and case studies to determine the current state of genetic forensic analysis within property crime scenes, factors influencing officer decision-making, and investigative stakeholder outlook on the expansion of the practice. The qualitative method for interviews utilized interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • Featured Presenter: “ACJS Doctoral Student Summit”. Moderator: Heather L. Pfeifer, University of Baltimore. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2015. Denver, CO.
  • Featured Presenter: “The Pullman (WA) Smart Policing Initiative: Creating Benefit Opportunities in a Technology Project”. Smart Policing Summit 2015, Washington, D.C.
  • Featured Roundtable: “Wiley Writing Development Workshop”. Graduate and Professional Writing Center Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. Washington State University, February 20, 2015.
  • Featured Presenter: “SAGE Junior Faculty teaching workshop”. Moderator: Leah E. Daigle, Georgia State University. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2015.Orlando, FL.
  • Feature Roundtable: “Making Smart Policing Happen: facing challenges in police agency organizational change”. Moderator: Chip Coldren, CNA. Co-Discussants: Cambridge SPI, Chula Vista SPI, Las Vegas SPI, Lowell SPI, New Haven SPI, Pharr SPI, Phoenix SPI, Port St. Lucie SPI. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2015.Orlando, FL.
  • Feature Speaker: Latah County Mental Health Group (October, 2014). Moscow, ID.
  • Feature Speaker: Latah County Mental Health Group (May, 2014). Moscow, ID.
  • Feature Roundtable: “Sustainable Technology in Law Enforcement.” Moderator: Marissa P. Levy, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Co-Discussants: Eric L. Piza, Rutgers University; Jeremy G. Carter, University of North Florida; Richard Parent, Simon Fraser University. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. 2012. New York, NY.

Select Publications

  • Makin, David A. (2015). “A Descriptive Analysis of a Problem-Based Learning Police Academy”. (Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning).
  • Makin, David A. and Morczek, Amber. (2015). “The Dark Side of Internet Searches: A Macro Level Assessment of Rape Culture using Internet Search Queries” International Journal of Cyber Criminology
  • Makin, David A. and Morczek, Amber. (2014). “X Views and Counting Interest in Rape Pornography as Gendered Microaggression” Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Bernat, Fran and Makin, David A. (2014). Cybercrime Theory: Who is on First, the Theory or the Crime? International Review of Modern Sociology
  • Boateng, Francis D., Makin, David A, Yoo, Jihye (2014). “Let Me Speak: Officer Perceptions Of Community Members In Ghana”. International Criminal Justice Review
  • Makin, David A. (2013). “Popular Punitivism and Cultural Mediation: The Case of Spain”. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice.
  • Makin, David A. (2013) “Symbolic Evidence Collection or ‘If All Else Fails, Throw Some Dust Around.'” Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 4, 126-138.


Media Interviews

Research Awards

Gaffney, Michael J. (Co-Pi), Zachary R. Hays (Co-Pi), David A. Makin (Co-Pi) and Pullman Police Department. 2011-2013. Smart Policing Initiative: Safety Camera Initiative. U.S. Department Of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. $300,000.

Gaffney, Michael J. (Pi), David A. Makin (Co-Pi). Washington OneNet First Responder Outreach Project – WA OFC FIN MGMT. Requested Amount – $308,932.

Gaffney, Michael J. (Pi), David A. Makin (Co-Pi). Washington OneNet First Responder Outreach Project – WA OFC FIN MGMT. Requested Amount – Requested Amount $40,000 (Additional funds).