Meghan E. Hollis, Ph.D. is an independent researcher, scholar, writer, and editor. Her current research focuses on democratic policing; the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, crime and justice; police organizations; access to medical care and public health resources; maternal and child health; and critical and feminist theories in criminology. Dr. Hollis has published in numerous academic journals, including Sociological Focus; Crime, Law, and Social Change; Journal of Experimental Criminology; Security Journal; Journal of Community Psychology; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management; International Criminal Justice Review; International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice; and Crime Prevention and Community Safety.  

She was co-editor of a special issue of Sociological Focus on Ethnography from the Margins. She is on the editorial board at Crime Prevention and Community Safety, and received the Sage Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award from ACJS in 2017. She is currently working on a co-authored book, Scared Straight (Sage, with Dr. Anthony Petrosino, Learning Innovations at WestEd).  Her co-edited volume, The Handbook on Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice, (with Dr. Ramiro Martinez, Jr, Northeastern University and Dr. Jacob Stowell, Northeastern University) can be found on the “Books” page. She has also co-authored systematic reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration and Campbell Collaboration, and has authored and co-authored several book chapters.

Previously, Dr. Hollis was an Assistant Professor at Texas State, and she was Director of the Institute for Predictive and Analytic Police Science at Tarleton State University and an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Prior to that she was a research associate with Northeastern University and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. In these roles, she worked on policing, crime prevention, and routine activities theory-based research.

Dr. Hollis is a research scholar at the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholars.  She is passionate about addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and the health care system.  She works tirelessly to advocate for communities that often do not have a voice due to limited political, social, or cultural capital.  She is available for consulting services for police organizations.  Please contact her here for more information.