• Robert Brooks

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    B.M., Wayne State University
    M.A., Antioch University
    J.D., University of Detroit Law School
    Ph.D., American University

    Robert. A. Brooks, Associate Professor, holds graduate degrees in law (J.D.), clinical psychology (M.A.), and sociology (Ph.D.) and came to WSU in 2004. He has a wide range of teaching and research interests. He has taught more than 20 different courses at WSU and developed the Criminal Justice department’s first general education course, Art Crimes (CJ-215). He has presented more than 30 papers at local and national conferences on a variety of topics.
    His book Cheaper by the Hour: Temporary Attorneys and the Deprofessionalization of the Law was published in 2011 by Temple University Press. The book is an ethnography based in part on his own experiences working as a contract attorney. The book was described by various reviewers as a “timely” account, a “compelling … study” and an “excellent and engaging ethnography” that tells a “fascinating story.” Dr. Brooks is also co-author with Jeffrey Cohen of the book Confronting School Bullying: Kids, Culture, and the Making of a Social Problem, published in 2014 by Lynne Rienner Press. One reviewer wrote of the book: “A major contribution to understanding the social and ideological construction of bullying …. compelling throughout.”
    Dr. Brooks has served WSU in a variety of ways, including as Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and in initiating the Theme Semester and serving as its initial director.
    Prior to coming to WSU, Dr. Brooks worked as an attorney for more than ten years, including as an Attorney Advocate at the United States Department of Justice. He was also employed as a clinical counseling intern and a Foster Care Social Worker. Dr. Brooks earned his doctorate at American University, where he was awarded a full fellowship.

  • Courses Taught
    • Art Crimes
    • American Judicial System
    • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • Crime and the Media
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • Criminal Justice Research Methods
    • Criminal Law
    • The Criminal Mind
    • Criminal Procedure
    • Fourth Amendment
    • Homicide
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Law Enforcement and Society
    • Organized and White Collar Crime
    • Prevention and Control
    • Principles of Evidence and Proof
    • Race, Ethnicity and Crime
    • School Violence
    • Sexual Offenses
    • Theories of Crime
    • Theories of Justice
    • Criminal law and procedure
    • Forensic mental health
    • Critical criminology
    • Crime and culture
    • Stratification
    • Deviance and social control
    • Cohen, J. W., & Brooks, R. A. (forthcoming). “Bullying” [tentative title]. Book chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems. Cambridge University Press.
    • Brooks, R. A. (forthcoming). “Grave disability.” The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.
    • Brooks, R. A. (forthcoming). “Outpatient commitment.” The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.
    • Brooks, R. A. (forthcoming). “Right to legal counsel.  The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.
    • Cohen, J. W., & Brooks, R. A. (2014). Confronting school bullying: Kids, culture, and the making of a social problem. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers (2014).
    • Brooks, R. A. (2011) Cheaper by the hour: Temporary attorneys and the deprofessionalization of the law. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2011).
    •  Brooks, R. A. (2007). Psychiatrists’ opinions about involuntary civil commitment: Results of a national survey. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 35(2): 219-228.
    • Brooks, R. A. (2006). Psychiatrists’ beliefs and wants about grounds for involuntary commitment: Results of a national survey. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 29(1): 13-21.
    • Brooks, R. A. (2000). “Official madness”: State conceptions of mental illness for purposes of civil commitment. Chapter 1 (pp. 9-28) in J. Hubert, Madness, disability and social exclusion. London: Routledge (2000).
    • Brooks, R. A. (1987). Note, undercover searches: Should assumption of risk principles be used to render undercover searches inherently reasonable? University of Detroit Law Review 65(1): 114-27.
    Honors and Grants
    • WSU Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Support Fund grant (2014 & 2015) for conference travel
    • WSU/WAM Planning Grants (2014 & 2015) for integrating the course CJ 215 Art Crimes with the
    • Worcester Art Museum collection
    • Internationally Focused Professional Development award for travel to the CIEE seminar Community Development and Social Justice in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Worcester State Foundation, 2015
    • WSU Theme Semester Grant to support for a lecture by Phyllis Kornfeld, author of Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary (with co-grantee Department of Visual and Performing Arts)
    • WSU Mini-grant for conference travel, 2013
    • WSU Strategic Fund Grant for Theme Semester proposal, 2010
    • Faculty stipend to develop the first-year seminar Global Justice, Davis Foundation Grant, 2010