Kyle McLean received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. His research interests include policing, criminological theory, and social psychology. Dr. McLean’s work frequently involves research partnerships with law enforcement agencies. This work has resulted in Dr. McLean being named a National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Academic. Dr. McLean’s recent research has been published in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Research Interests

Policing | Criminological Theory | Social Psychology

Education

2018 Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina

2014 M.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina

2012 B.S. Criminal Justice, Appalachian State University

Selected Publications

McLean, Kyle, Scott E. Wolfe, Jeff Rojek, Geoffrey P. Alpert, & Michael R. Smith. 2019. Police officers as warriors or guardians: Empirical reality or intriguing rhetoric? Justice Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2018.1533031.

McLean, Kyle. 2019. Revisiting the role of distributive justice in Tyler’s legitimacy theory. Journal of Experimental Criminology. DOI: 10.1007/s11292-019-09370-5.

McLean, Kyle, Scott E. Wolfe, & Travis C. Pratt. 2019. Legitimacy and the life course: An age-graded examination of changes in legitimacy attitudes over time. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 56, 42-83.