Dr. Jeremy Ball

Dr. Jeremy Ball, J. D., Ph. D.

Professor - Department Chairperson

Office: Brandt 327


Dr. Ball joined the Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology as Chair/faculty in 2015.  Before coming to SEMO, he was faculty at Boise State University for 11 years; he served as Chair for 3 of those years.    

When not working, Dr. Ball likes to spend time with his family.  He and his wife, Marcy, can be found at their son’s sporting events.  Dr. Ball enjoys cooking (risotto and scallops are favorites) and baking (cheesecakes and crème brûlée).  He is an avid Hoosier basketball fan. 


BA, Criminal Justice & Psychology, Indiana University
JD, Law, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
PhD, Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Teaching Interests


Research Interests

Racial/ethnic disparities in court processing decisions (charging, plea bargaining, pretrial release, sentencing)

Current Projects

  1. Early stages of designing research to determine if there is a cumulative racial disparate effect on court processing decisions to explain the vast racial/ethnic disparities in prison populations.


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