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Stephanie N. Whitehead, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Tom Raper Hall 362
(765) 973-8507


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Indiana University Bloomington, 2011
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University, 2004
  • B.S., Criminal Justice and Philosophy, Murray State University, 2002

Current Research Interests

Policing, Race and Racism; Ethnographic Methods; Cultural Criminology; The Cultural Politics of Emotions and Crime

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles:
  • Parker, Mengie & Stephanie Whitehead. (2015). The Spearhead: Assessing Community Vulnerability to Gang Infiltration. Journal of Gang Research 22(4):19-36
  • Whitehead, Stephanie N. (2015). The Specter of Racism: Exploring White Racial Anxieties in the Context of Policing. Contemporary Justice Review, 18 (2), 121-138.
  • Whitehead, Stephanie N. (2014). Cops and the Performance of White Masculine Decline. Race, Gender, & Class, 21 (3-4), 174-188.
Book Chapters and Other Writings:
  • Whitehead, Stephanie N. & Mengie Parker. (forthcoming 2016). “Calming, Critical Thinking, and Case Studies: The Politics, Pitfalls, and Practical Solutions for Teaching Criminal Justice in an Online Environment.” In Ross C. Alexander (ed.) Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press.
  • Whitehead, Stephanie N. (2004). Stage against the machine: The trial of the Chicago Seven. In Bailey, Frankie and Steven Chermak (Eds.), Famous Trials from the American Colonies to the Present. Pp. 59-78. Westport, CN: Prager Publishing Company.
Conference Presentations
  • Wounded Warriors: Policing, Race, and the Cultural Politics of Victimization. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Criminal Cartographies and the Ordinary Affects of Race in Police Work. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, FL.
  • Too Much?: Content Tyranny in the Research Methods Curriculum (with Jennifer Colanese and Sara Walsh). 37th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, Chicago, IL
  • The Politics of White Masculine Victimization Discourse in the World of Cops. Race, Gender & Class Conference 2014, New Orleans, LA

Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • 2015 Inducted into FACET
  • 2015 New Faculty Progress Award, Indiana University East
  • 2013 – 2015 CTL Faculty Fellow in Innovative Teaching, Indiana University East
  • 2013 HSS Advisor of the Year, School of Humanities of Social Sciences, Indiana University East
  • 2012 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Indiana University East


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