Degree Program: 

Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society




John R. Hipp


Policing, neighborhoods and crime; experimental criminology; quantitative methodologies; social psychology

Other information: 


1. Simpson, Rylan. (2017). “The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): An experimental evaluation of factors that impact perceptions of the police”. Journal of Experimental Criminology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11292-017-9292-4. View article:
• Winner: Judges' Award at UCI Associated Graduate Students' Research Symposium
• Finalist: UCI Grad Slam

2. Gravel, Jason, Jennifer Wong, and Rylan Simpson. (2017). “Getting in people's faces: On the symbiotic relationship between the media and police gang units”. Deviant Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1269547. View article:

3. Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “What came first: The police or the incident? Bidirectional relationships between police actions and police incidents”. Revised and resubmitted.

4. Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “A typological approach to studying policing”. Revise and resubmit.

5. Simpson, Rylan. “Accoutrements as signals of intent: Officer appearance and perceptions of police”. Under review.
• Winner: UCI Social Ecology Poster Session

6. Simpson, Rylan, and Amanda Petersen. “Blue, bluer, bluest: Understanding the role of officer and citizen race in perceptions of police officers”. Under review

7. Simpson, Rylan. “Police vehicles as symbols of legitimacy”. In-progress


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Police Officer Perception Project (POPP):

Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC):

Twitter: @rylan_simpson