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 inequalities in these areas. His dissertation, School Resource Officers, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Role of Context, was funded by the National Institute of Justice through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In January 2017, Dr. Fisher will begin two projects 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) and Understanding the Adoption, Function, and Consequences of School Resource Officer Use in Understudied Settings (co-principal 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.