Benjamin W. Fisher

Assistant Professor


Ben Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in Community Research and Action with a minor in Quantitative Methods from Vanderbilt University in 2016. His research interests center on school safety, with particular interests in school security measures, exclusionary discipline, perceptions of safety at school, school climate, and racial inequalities in these areas. Dr. Fisher is currently working on three studies funded through the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, including School Climate, Student Discipline, and the Implementation of School Resource Officers (principal investigator), Understanding the Adoption, Function, and Consequences of School Resource Officer Use in Understudied Settings (co-principal investigator), and Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing (investigator).

Before getting his Ph.D., Dr. Fisher worked as a Youth Advocate for high school students in Harrisburg, PA, where he helped students meet their goals of completing high school, pursuing post-secondary education, and securing employment.

Please see Dr. Fisher’s personal website for more information.