Tim Goddard


Areas of Expertise

Issues of Social Justice in Crime Policy | Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm | Youth Offending Prevention | Voluntary Community-Based Organizations


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Criminology, Law & Society, 2012
M.A., University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology, 2008
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Philosophy, 2001


Office: PCA-256
Phone: 305.348.4873
Email: tgoddard@fiu.edu
CV: Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Tim Goddard is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University. He holds a Ph.D. in criminology, law & society from the University of California, Irvine—a distinguished graduate program of criminology studies.

Dr. Tim Goddard’s research has focused on the governance of crime and young people through community-based interventions. His work critically analyzes the impact of crime policy and social policy on marginalized and disadvantaged populations, particularly young people of color. Relatedly, he has conducted qualitative research on community-led efforts that work against harmful crime and social policies. His co-authored 2018 book Youth, Community and the Struggle for Social Justice (Routledge) examines the alternative youth justice interventions of social justice organizations aimed at raising individual and community consciousness of the relationship between poverty, racism, and neoliberal carceralism.

Dr. Goddard’s most recent work challenges the use of risk assessment instruments in carceral settings by arguing that they are inadvertently, but carelessly, biased predictions of future misconduct. On sabbatical during the spring 2023 semester, Dr. Goddard is collecting data on the topic and writing a solo-authored book that argues the problems of risk assessment instruments in legal system decision-making.

Dr. Goddard’s research has appeared in various journals, including Theoretical Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, Punishment and Society, Critical Criminology, Youth Justice, Social Justice, and the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. Dr. Goddard is a contributing author to chapters in multiple edited books, including Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises, 2018 (Palgrave-Macmillan), The Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology, 2018 (John Wiley & Sons), Progressive Justice in an Age of Repression, 2019 (Routledge), Justice Alternatives, 2020 (Routledge), and the International Handbook of Activist Criminology, forthcoming (Emerald Publishing).

Dr. Goddard regularly teaches the undergraduate course Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice and graduate capstone course Criminal Justice Policy Analysis, as well as Race, Punishment, and Society. His commitment to teaching is reflected in two Writing Across the Curriculum grants to improve student writing in the department’s undergraduate capstone class.

Select Publications

Goddard, T. (Forthcoming). Outsourcing Alternatives to Custody: Theorizing the Role of Nongovernmental, Private, Community-Based Organizations in Neoliberal Carceralism. In: Amy M. Magnus and Sarah N. Gaby (Eds.), Disrupting Carceral Reach: Pursuing Social Justice and Social Change. Rowman and Littlefield. 

Goddard, T., & Magnus, A. M. (2023). Bridging Urban-Rural Grassroots Activism: Activist Criminology in Support of Unified Struggles for Social Change and Social Justice. In V. Canning, G. Martin, and S. Tombs (Eds.), The Emerald International Handbook of Activist Criminology. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 283–295. 

Goddard, T. (2021). The trouble with using risk assessment instruments to quantify the chance of future offending.  Sustainability, 13(21), 11624. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111624

Myers, R., Goddard, T., & Davidtz, J. (2021). Reconnecting youth: Beyond individualized programs and risks. Youth Justice21(1), 55-70. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420932861

Selman, K. J., Myers, R., & Goddard, T. (2019). Young people, shadow carceral innovations, and the reproduction of inequality. Critical Criminology27, 527-542. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-019-09468-2

Goddard, T., & Myers, R. (2018). Youth, community and the struggle for social justice. Routledge.

Goddard, T., & Myers, R. (2017). Against evidence-based oppression: Marginalized youth and the politics of risk-based assessment and intervention. Theoretical Criminology, 21(2), 151–167. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480616645172