Samuel Peterson

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Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati

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Samuel (Sam) Peterson is a policy researcher in the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. He has broad interests in topics within and outside of criminal justice, with prior research experience in gun violence prevention, sexual assault at American colleges and universities, school-based victimization among adolescents, and substance use within adolescent social networks. His applied research experience includes working with a variety of criminal justice and community stakeholders. Peterson completed his Ph.D. in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. 

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of NYPD's Neighborhood Policing Philosophy
  • Reducing Violence in Communities: An In-Depth Study of Efforts in Durham, NC and Minneapolis, MN
  • Process Evaluation of BJA’s Firearm Lock Distribution and Safe Storage Program
  • Gun Policy in America
  • Creating a Tabletop Exercise for Police-Community Relations