Dustin Richardson

Dustin Richardson joined PERF as a Research Associate in August 2022. Dustin holds a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of South Florida, where he completed a dissertation titled “The ‘Reasonableness Divide’: Comparing Community Members’ Assessments of Force Reasonableness to Legal Standards” under the guidance of Dr. Lorie A. Fridell. His work has focused primarily on critical issues facing the policing profession, namely the use of force and public perceptions. He has presented his work at practitioner and academic conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals in the field of criminology. Dustin also holds an M.S. in criminal justice sciences from Illinois State University and a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield.