Kelle Barrick

Research Criminologist

Kelle Barrick


  • PhD, Criminology, Florida State University
  • MA, Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University
  • BA, Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University

Kelle Barrick has 15 years of experience in criminal justice and criminological research. She broadly focuses on producing empirical research to inform the improvement and reform of processes and programs across the criminal justice system. Current efforts include estimating the prevalence of labor trafficking to understand the extent of its underidentification among law enforcement; assessing forensic evidence collection, submission and analysis techniques; and evaluating criminal justice reform initiatives, including pre-trial risk assessments, jail reduction efforts, and prisoner reentry programs.

In 2009, Dr. Barrick received the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Article Award for a paper on the impact of felony labeling on recidivism. She is an expert on human trafficking and has participated on trafficking research working groups assembled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Kingdom Home Office, and the National Institute of Justice. She has also been invited by the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to present her research on crime in Latin America at regional anti-gang working groups.

Dr. Barrick is also a reviewer for Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Social Problems, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Violence Against Women, Victims and Offenders, Crime and Delinquency, PLoS One, Journal of Human Trafficking, Police Quarterly, and Journal of Injury and Violence. She has authored or co-authored more than 24 books, book chapters, and journal articles, and she formerly served as the assistant editor for the Journal of Drug Issues.