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Logan Somers – Assistant Professor

Armstrong Campus

Office: University Hall

Phone (912) 478-0492

Email: LSomers@georgiasouthern.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Biography

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.

Education

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

Teaching

Undergraduate

Introduction to Policing, Research Methods

Research

Somers, Logan J. Towards a Better Understanding of Police Experience: An Assessment of the Unique Shifts, Crime Areas, and Duty Assignments that Officers Have Worked (Accepted for Publication at The Police Journal).

Paoline, Eugene A., William, Terrill, & Somers, Logan J. (2021). Police officer use of force mindset and street-level behavior. Police Quarterly, 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F10986111211025523

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, 31(8), 1234-1255.https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403419897953

Maguire, Ed R., Somers, Logan J., & Padilla, Kathleen E. (2020). Promoting officer health and wellness. In Charles M. Katz & Edward R. Maguire (Eds.) Transforming police: 13 key reforms (pp. 213-230). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. 

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2017.1373775

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-01-2018-0024

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40865-020-00144-6

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.https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403419897953

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2017.1373775

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-01-2018-0024

Last updated: 1/14/2022