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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Adam Dunbar



Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law.



Turlington 3108B


 Spring 2020: Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm or by appointment







Adam Dunbar is a visiting assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from the University of California at Irvine and has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.

He researches the relationship between race, ethnicity, and the criminal justice system. One branch of his research considers the cognitive biases associated with using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. In a related area of research, he uses experimental surveys to examine how attitudes about race, socio-economic status, and crime inform support for crime control measures. A new project examines mechanisms that help explain racial disparities in another criminal justice outcome: police use of force decisions.

Currently, he teaches undergraduate courses such as Psychology and the Law as well as Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice. He has also taught Criminological Theory.



Undergraduate Courses

  • CJL4037: Psychology & Law
  • CCJ3024: Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice


Areas of Specialization

  • Race, Ethnicity, and the Criminal Justice System
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Psychology and Law

Recent Publications

  • Dunbar, A., Hughes, C., Kupchik, A., & Lewis, R. (in press). Fear of a Black (And Poor) School: Race, Class, and School Safety Policy Preferences. Race & Justice.
  • Dunbar, A. (2019). Rap Music, Race, and Perceptions of Crime. Sociology Compass. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12732.
  • Dunbar, A. & Kubrin, C.E. (2018). Imagining Violent Criminals: Rap Music Stereotypes and Character Judgments. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 14(4), 507-528.
  • Dunbar, A. (2018). Art or Confession?: Evaluating Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Criminal Cases. Race and Justice. Advance online publication.
  • Dunbar, A., Kubrin, C.E., & Scurich, N. (2016). The Threatening Nature of “Rap” Music. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22(3), 280-292.