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Dr. Ashley Farmer

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Sciences
Schroeder Hall - SCH 422
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Dr. Ashley Farmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Farmer completed her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 2016. Her primary areas of research are in policing, specifically police-community relations, and how technology impacts this relationship. For example, her dissertation examined the reasons why citizens record the police, police officer responses to being recorded by the public, and police and public perceptions of body worn cameras. She has also researched pets and disasters, specifically evacuation and sheltering of companion animals.

Current Courses

207.001Contemporary Policing in America

207.002Contemporary Policing in America

403.001Criminal Justice Policy

499.002Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.006Independent Study

291.001Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Criminal Justice Sciences

499.004Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.002Independent Study

Research Interests & Areas

Police-Community Relations, Citizen Journalism, Surveillance and Technology in Policing, International/Comparative Policing, Disasters and Environmental Crime

Ph D Criminology

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

MS Criminal Justice

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY

BA Political Science

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY

Dan Rich Dissertation Award

University of Delaware

Book, Authored

DeYoung, S., & Farmer, A. All Creatures Safe and Sound: The Social Landscape of Pets in Disasters. Temple University Press (2021)

Book, Chapter

Farmer, A., & Sun, I. Citizen Journalism and Police Legitimacy: Does Recording the Police Make a Difference?. Mathieu Deflem (EDs), The Politics of Policing: Between Force and Legitimacy. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance 21 (2016)

Journal Article

Farmer, A., & Copenhaver, A. Policing in a Pandemic: How Law Enforcement Communicates with the Public. Policing: An International Journal. Special Issue: Policing in a Pandemic (2021)
DeYoung, S., Wachtendorf, T., Davidson, R., Xu, K., Nozick, L., Farmer, A., & Zelewicz, L. A Mixed Method Study of Hurricane Evacuation: Demographic Predictors for Stated Compliance to Voluntary and Mandatory Orders. Environmental Hazards 15.2 (2016): 95-112.
DeYoung, S., Wachtendorf, T., Farmer, A., & Penta, S. NOAA Radios and Neighborhood Networks: Demographic Factors for Channel Preference for Hurricane Evacuation Information. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 24.4 (2016): 275-285.
Sun, I., Liu, J., & Farmer, A. Chinese Police Supervisors’ Occupational Attitudes: Role Orientation, Community Policing, and Job Satisfaction. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 39.1 (2016): 190-205.


Everyone's Gonna Get Arrested: Police Discretion and Body Worn Cameras. American Society of Criminology. (2016)