James Unnever, Ph.D. | College of Arts & Sciences | USF Sarasota-Manatee

criminology, race, racism, crime, public opinion, death penalty, aggression, hostile attribution style, sas, mulitple regression, data analysis, logistic regression, causal models

James Unnever, Ph.D.
Professor - Criminology 

Phone:  941-359-4218
Fax:  941-359-4489
Office:  SMC C247

Curriculum Vitae

James D. Unnever (Ph.D. Duke University, 1980) is a Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  His research generally examines the relationships among race, racism, and crime.  His latest research focuses on whether racial and ethnic intolerance predicts punitive attitudes cross-nationally, factors related to whether the public wants to “get tough” on corporate crime, and the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and delinquency.(more...)  His most recent publications investigate the racial divide in support for capital punishment, progressive religious beliefs and support for the death penalty, the relationship between religious affiliation and punitiveness, Colvin’s differential coercion theory, the relationships among ADHD, low self-control, and bullying and criminal behavior.(hide...)


Ousey, G. C. and Unnever, J. D. (2012), Racial–Ethnic Threat, Out-Group Intolerance, and Support For Punishing Criminals: A Cross-National Study. Criminology, 50: 565–603. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2012.00275.x

Dr. Vershawn Young interviewed Dr. Unnever
for New Books in African American Studies in reference to his book A Theory of African American Offending.  A link to this interview is now available at the http://newbooksinafroamstudies.com/ web address.
Dr. Unnever was interviewed by KPFT-FM in Houston regarding his book A Theory of African American Offending.  Please click here to listen to the interview.

Dr. Unnever has been Ranked 5th in the Country For Authorship in Criminology and Criminal Justice Journals and was recognized in Tampa Bay's Maddux Report Newswire, November 29th 2010. Please click here to go to the article.

Unnever, James D. and Shaun L. Gabbidon  2011.  A Theory of African American Offending.  Routledge

Alex R. Piquero, Francis T. Cullen, James D. Unnever, Nicole L. Piquero, and Jill Gordon (2010). "Never Too Late: Public Optimism about Juvenile Rehabilitation."  Punishment and Society 12:187-207.


Syllabi from recent semesters. Click on Course Prefix and Number to review course syllabus.
Example CCJ 3701

Courses for Fall 2013

Ref #  89839 CCJ 3117  Sec: 591   Theories of Criminal Behav, W 6pm-8:50pm
Ref #  91148 CCJ 4939  Sec: 591   Senior Capstone Seminar, M 6pm-8:50pm 

Courses for Summer 2013

Ref # 53060 CCJ 3621 Sec: 521   Patterns of Criminal Behav,   100% - Course meets Summer B

Courses for Spring 2013

Ref # 17972    CCJ 6705 Sec: 523   Research Methods Criminology, S 12:00pm-2:50pm  
        Web-based class w/3 meeting dates: 01/12; 03/02; 04/20.
Ref # 17971    CCJ 6935 Sec: 522   MACJA Capstone, S 3:00pm-5:50pm
        Web-based class w/3 meeting dates: 01/12; 03/02; 04/20.