Criminology and Criminal Justice

507 Chafee Building, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2587 (ph); 401.874.2588 (f)

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Dr. Megan M. Parry

  • Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Chafee Hall, Rm 505
  • Phone: 401.874.9306
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Megan Parry joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program at the University of Rhode Island in fall 2017. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice and a doctorate in criminology and criminal justice.

Her research draws on theories of police legitimacy, social cognition, and media effects, and focuses on the effects of vicariously witnessing police-citizen encounters through video recordings. Her current research examines public perceptions of police misconduct, use of force, and militarization.

She teaches Criminal Justice System and Sociological Research Methods.


  • Perceptions of the criminal justice system.
  • Procedural justice and police legitimacy
  • Media representations of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Technological advancements and impact the on policing effectiveness


  • Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, 2017
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University, 2012
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice, Weber State University, 2008


Articles and Book Chapters

Fradella, H.F., Parry, M. M., Fradella, L.E. (2016). “Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender” in Sex, Law, and (In)justice, Edited by Henry F. Fradella and Jennifer M. Sumner, Oxford University Press.

Parry, M. M., & O’Neal, E. N. (2015). Help-seeking behavior among same-sex intimate partner violence victims: An intersectional argument. Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society. 16(1), 51-67.

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