Jennifer Peck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

Office: HS1 329

Phone: 407-823-5940


Professional Summary

Dr. Jennifer Peck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. She earned her PhD in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2014. Her research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, the treatment of disadvantaged groups throughout juvenile court processing, and special populations in courts and corrections. Dr. Peck’s recent publications appear in Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice.


PhD in Criminology, University of South Florida
MA in Criminology, University of South Florida
BA in Criminal Justice, University at Albany – State University of New York
BA in Sociology, University at Albany – State University of New York

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile justice
  • Race/ethnicity

Research Interests

  • Racial/ethnic disparities in juvenile court processing
  • Treatment of disadvantaged groups in the juvenile justice system
  • Vulnerable populations in criminal justice settings

Recent Honors and Awards

(2018) Tory J. Caeti Young Scholar Memorial Award. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section.

Recent Publications

Leiber, M.J., & Peck, J.H. (forthcoming). Clarifying the Theoretical Tenets of the Symbolic Threat Hypothesis. Justice Quarterly

Bryson, S.L. & Peck, J.H. (2020). Understanding the Subgroup Complexities of Transfer: The Impact of Juvenile Race and Gender on Waiver Decisions. Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, 18(2), 135-155

Burruss, G.W., Peck, J.H., & Cameron, A.L.J. (2020). Fifty Years Post Gault: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Attorney Representation on Delinquency Outcomes. Journal of Criminal Justice, 66, Article 101634

Peck, J.H., Leiber, M.J., & Beaudry-Cyr, M. (2019). Expanding the Applicability of Sampson and Laub’s Theory of Inequality and Social Control: A Multi-Level Examination. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 46(6), 902-919

Brooke, E.J., & Peck, J.H. (2019). Does the Military make the (Wo)man? An Examination of Gender Differences among Incarcerated Veterans. Crime & Delinquency, 65(14), 1925-1948

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