Steven G. Brandl, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice & Criminology

Dr. Steven G. Brandl taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses including criminal investigation, police administration, and issues in police practice and policy.

He is the author of Police in America and Criminal Investigation, and the co-editor of Voices From the Field. 


  • Ph.D., Social Science, Michigan State University, 1991
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 1988
  • B.S., Political Science, Criminal Justice; Minor: Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1985

Professional Interests:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Police use of force
  • Health and safety issues in policing
  • Police decision making and behavior
  • Police policy
  • Hazards of police work


  • Brandl, Steven G. (2019) Criminal Investigation. 4th edition. Sage.
  • Brandl, Steven G. (2018) Police in America. 1st edition. Sage.
  • Brandl, S.G. and D.E. Barlow (2004) The Police in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Wadsworth: Belmont.

 Select Publications:

  • Brandl, S.G. and M.S. Stroshine (2017). Oleoresin Capsicum Spray and Tasers: A Comparison of Factors Predicting Use and Effectiveness. Criminal Justice Policy Review 28:279-306.
  • Brandl, S.G. (2013). An empirical examination of retired police officers’ length of retirement and age at death: A research note. Police Quarterly 16:113-123.
  • Brandl, S.G. and M.S. Stroshine (2013). The role of officer attributes, job characteristics, and arrest activity in explaining police use of force. Criminal Justice Policy Review 24:551-572.
  • Brandl, S.G. and M.S. Stroshine (2012). The physical hazards of police work revisited.
 Police Quarterly 15:262-282.
  • Stroshine, M.S. and G. Brandl (2011). Race, gender, and tokenism in policing: An 
empirical elaboration. Police Quarterly 14:323-343.
  • Brandl, S.G. and M.S. Stroshine (2011). The relationship between gun and gun buyer characteristics and firearm time-to-crime. Criminal Justice Policy Review 22:285-300.