Bryan Holmes

Assistant Professor
Bryan Holmes

Bryan Holmes received his Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  His research focuses on sentencing, criminal justice policies, discretion in court processes, and the predictors of discretionary decision-making. 

Research Interests

Discretion, Sentencing, Courts, Inequity in Punishment


Ph.D. 2022, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice

M.S. 2017, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice

B.S. 2016, University of Central Florida, Criminal Justice


Principal Investigator: 2020 National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences “The only thing constant is change: A longitudinal analysis of race, gender, and district-level effects in federal sentencing, 1998 – 2016.” Amount: $74,722

Selected Publications

Holmes, B., & Feldmeyer, B (2023, In Press). Modeling matters: Comparing the presumptive sentence versus base offense level approaches for estimating racial/ethnic effects on federal sentencing. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Holmes, B., & Feldmeyer, B. (2023, online first). The only thing constant is change: Temporal analyses of racial/ethnic sentencing disparities. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 1-25,

Koo, D., Feldmeyer, B., & Holmes, B. (2022). Citizenship and sentencing: Assessing the effects of citizenship by national origin on federal sentencing outcomes. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 59, 203-239.

Holmes, B., & D’Amato, C. (2020). Judicial and prosecutorial decision making: Assessing the effects of race, gender, and age on federal downward sentencing departures. Journal of Crime and Justice43, 449-466.

Holmes, B., & Feldmeyer, B. (2019).  Reassessing the influence of criminal history in federal criminal courts. Justice Quarterly36, 1206-1228.


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Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

Thursday: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

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