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Logan Somers – Assistant Professor

Armstrong Campus

Office: University Hall

Phone (912) 344-


Curriculum Vitae


Logan J. Somers is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Georgia Southern University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University in 2021, where he worked closely with a number of local and federal law enforcement agencies. 

His research focuses largely on emerging issues within policing such as officer work experience, police use of force, officer mindset (i.e., perceptions of danger), and evidence-based policing. He has also published studies related to procedural justice, recidivism, and specialized drug courts. This work can be seen in the Journal of Development and Life-Course Criminology, Criminal Justice and Policy Review, Policing and Society, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and Behavioral Sciences and the Law.


Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice (2021) Arizona State University

M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice (2016) Arizona State University

B.S., Justice Studies (2014) Westminster College



Introduction to Policing, Research Methods


Wallace, Danielle, Larson, Mathew, Somers, Logan J., Padilla, Kathleen E., & Mays, Ryan. (In-Press). Recidivism and relationships: Examining the role of relationships, transitions, and relationship quality in reincarceration. Journal of Development and Life-Course Criminology, 1-32.

Somers, Logan J., Terrill, William, Ingram, Jason R., & Rossler, Michael T. (2020). Examining the effectiveness of TASERS® at gaining citizen compliance. Criminal Justice and Policy Review, 1-22.

Telep, Cody W., & Somers, Logan J. (2019). Examining police officer definitions of evidence-based policing: Are we speaking the same language? Policing and Society, 29(2), 171-187.

Terrill, William, Ingram, Jason R., Somers, Logan J., & Paoline, Eugene A. (2018). Examining police use of force and citizen complaints. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 41(4), 496-509.

Last updated: 8/4/2021