Areas of Expertise

Criminal Justice Reform | Legitimacy Theory | Officer Integrity | Program Evaluation | Grey Arms & Money Laundering Networks | U.N. Sanctions Enforcement | Cybercrime & Security


Ph.D., Michigan State University, Criminal Justice, 2018
M.B.A., Ohio University, Finance and Management, 1993
B.S., University of Michigan, Public Policy, 1989


Office: PCA-353A
Phone: 305.348.8449
CV: Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Peacock currently oversees the higher education component of USAID’s cybersecurity assistance programs in Ukraine and is an advisor to USAID’s nascent efforts to support higher education capacity and gender equity programs in cybersecurity in Eastern Europe. Dr. Peacock's research examines plural enforcement structures addressing street and cyber crime, including the organizational impacts on agency misconduct and corruption.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Peacock spent a decade managing US Department of Justice assistance programs in countries of the former Soviet Union and eleven years working on reducing grey arms transfers and coordinating UN sanctions enforcement in the US Department of State. Dr. Robert Peacock received an M.B.A. in Finance from Ohio University and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan prior to completing his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

Featured Publications

Peacock, R., Kutnjak Ivkovich, S., Van Craen, I. Mraovic, I. C., Borovec, K., Prpic, M. (2021). External Procedural Justice: Do just supervisors shape officer trust and willingness to take the initiative with the public. International Criminal Justice Review. Pre-publication online access.

Peacock, R. (2021). Bayley’s Six Critical Elements of Democratic Policing: Evaluating Donor-Assisted Reform in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 45(3), 285-297.

Peacock, R. (2021). Dominance analysis of police legitimacy’s regressors: disentangling the effects of procedural justice, effectiveness, and corruption. Police Practice and Research, 22(1), 589-605.