Timothy "Skip" Griffin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Timothy "Skip" Griffin received his doctorate in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. His research emphases include the Amber Alert system, the social construction of crime and justice, and criminal case processing. He has been published in several leading journals, including Justice Quarterly, Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, and Journal of Criminal Justice.

He has made numerous media appearances regarding his study of the Amber Alert system and is developing a new data set for the most comprehensive examination of the program to date. He also is developing a data set to examine the prevalence and nature of "Black Swan" homicides, rare but shocking murders that powerfully impact criminal justice policy.


  • CRJ - Methods
  • CRJ 427 - Struggle for Justice
  • CRJ 465 - Sex, Crime, and the Media
  • CRJ 451 - Criminal Justice Colloquium
  • CRJ 785 - Graduate Policy Analysis
  • SSRJS - Graduate Research Methods


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, 2002