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OSR Affiliated Faculty & Consultants

  • Paul J. Lavrakas, PH.D. is OSR's Senior Research Fellow. Paul is a research psychologist, currently serving as a senior methodological research advisor for several public- and private-sector organizations in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Japan. He served as Vice President and chief methodologist for Nielsen Media Research from 2000-2007. He was tenured Full Professor of Journalism and Communication Studies at Northwestern University (1978-1996) and at Ohio State University (1996-2000), and the founding faculty director of the Northwestern University Survey Lab (1982-1996) and the OSU Center for Survey Research (1996-2000). Among his many publications, he has written a widely read book (Sage; 1987, 1993) and many handbook chapters (e.g., Elsevier, 2010; Cambridge U. Press, 2013) on telephone survey research methods; and is the editor/author of the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (Sage; 2008), co-editor/author of Advances in Telephone Survey Methods (Wiley; 2008), co-editor/author of Online Panel Research: A Data Quality Perspective (Wiley; 2014), co-author of Qualitative Research Design: A Quality Framework Approach (Guilford; 2015), and lead editor and author for Experimental Methods in Survey Research: Techniques that Combine Random Sampling with Random Assignment (Wiley, forthcoming).
  • Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he became Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future.

  • Raymond Jussaume joined MSU in August of 2011 as Professor and Chair of the Department Sociology at Michigan State University. His academic training and research interests fit within the broad area of Development Sociology. Specifically, he is interested in macro level patterns of change, and how people at local levels can positively influence these patterns in order to generate a development trajectory that is beneficial and meaningful to them. He has conducted field research in China, Japan and France. This research has included several cross-national surveys of consumers, as well as several surveys of agricultural producers in the United States. Ray is also involved in research on sustainability issues, including questions about food access and its relationship to community health issues, particularly in the context of the United States, Europe and Asia.

  • Dr. Edmund McGarrell is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Michigan State University. From 2001 through 2014, he served as Director of the School. McGarrell also serves as the Director of the Michigan Justice Statistics Center that is housed within the School of Criminal Justice. McGarrell’s research focuses on communities and crime with a particular focus on violence prevention and control. Since 2002 he has led a team that has served as the national research partner for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. His co-edited book, The New Criminal Justice (with John Klofas and Natalie Hipple), presents the key findings from PSN as well as serves as a foundation for research-based, strategic problem solving for violence reduction. Currently, the violence prevention research includes action research projects in Detroit and Flint as well as national programs on the translation of research to practice that support U.S. Department of Justice initiatives including Project Safe Neighborhoods and the “Smart Justice” suite of programs. Currently, he is involved in a National Institute of Justice funded study of firearms violence patterns across four Midwestern cities (Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St. Louis).

    McGarrell has extended his research interests through collaboration with a group of interdisciplinary scholars involved in MSU’s Conservation Criminology program. This reflects an emerging research interest in environmental and natural resource crime, compliance, and enforcement. He is a member of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Committee as well as the Environmental Crime Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Recent articles have appeared in the Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, European Journal of Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Experimental Criminology, and Police Quarterly. His research has been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, state and local agencies, and foundations.

  • Professor Charles W. Ostrom, Jr. is a professor and chair of Political Science at Michigan State University. Professor Ostrom’s primary research interests are public opinion, time series analysis, state-level judicial process, and evaluation research. He is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles including eight articles in the American Political Science Review. Professor Ostrom is the author of the widely cited Time Series Analysis: Regression Approaches, 2d ed. In addition, he is the co-author of Trial Courts as Organizations (2007, Temple University Press). He has served as co-principal investigator on three NIJ-funded projects: (1) defining and measuring court culture and establishing the linkage between court culture and court performance, (2) assessing the use of community-based sanctions in Michigan criminal sentencing, and (3) a comparative evaluation of sentencing guidelines in three states. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the Michigan Supreme Court in the use of sentencing guidelines, to the Michigan Sentencing Commission, and to the Michigan Department of Corrections on the development of a model to forecast prison and jail population. Professor Ostrom was formerly senior research professor at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and served as the head of the Institute’s Evaluation and Survey Research Divisions.

  • Professor Jeremy Wilson (Ph.D., Public Administration, The Ohio State University; M.A., Criminal Justice, Indiana University) is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU), where he founded and directs the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Wilson was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led the development of the Center on Quality Policing and the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has been a visiting scholar in the Australian Resource Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University, the Willett Chair in Public Safety in the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University, and an instructor for numerous law enforcement training programs.

    Dr. Wilson has collaborated with police agencies, communities, task forces, companies, and governments throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems, and has led over $10M of projects sponsored by the U.S. Congress, various units of the U.S. Department of Justice (COPS, NIJ, BJA), community and institutional foundations, local governments, police departments, professional associations, and corporations. Among other areas, he has written extensively for practitioners and scholars on police staffing and personnel planning, resource allocation, community policing, brand protection, product counterfeiting, field interventions for violence prevention, police data and measurement, empirical modeling and evaluation. Dr. Wilson’s research and commentary have been featured in numerous books, professional journals, and Congressional testimony, and in various forms of national and international media.