College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Aaron Roussell

Assistant Professor
Johnson Tower 722, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. Criminology, Law & Society, 2013, University of California Irvine
M.A. Sociology, 2007, University of Wyoming
B.A. Sociology, Music, 2003, College of William & Mary (W&M)


Aaron Roussell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. He earned his PhD in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine and his MA in Sociology from the University of Wyoming. His research and teaching interests focus on conceptions of race, class, and social danger, specifically with respect to community policing, disorder, and drug law. He is also interested in problems of method and how they fit into a larger discourse on law and science. His approaches are informed by a blend of sociology, law and society, criminology, and critical theory.

Research and writing projects in which Aaron is currently engaged include: five years of ethnographic research on community/police cogovernance, race, and class in Los Angeles; statistical investigations of population structure and crime; a challenge to traditional drug addiction theories over the lifecourse; and a critical reading of disorder policing. Aaron is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Law and Society Association.

Courses Taught

Race and crime
Criminological theory
Drug policy and social control

Research Interests

Conceptions of race, class and social danger in community policing, disorder and drug law




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