Ben graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017, and later earned an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UMD in 2019. He is interested in criminological theory, specifically concerning the influence of peers and decision making processes, as well as quantitative methodology and criminal justice policy. His work reaches across disciplines, primarily drawing from social and cognitive psychology, and sociology. He currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Sarah Tahamont. Some of their current projects include: (1) evaluating the Second Chance Pell pilot program, (2) using trajectory models to understand trends in corrections as well as the impact of modeling choices, and (3) working as a teaching assistant for the graduate introductory statistics course. He is under the advisement of Dr. Jean McGloin conducting research on the influence of peers.  

Areas of Interest

  • Peer Influence and Collective Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Psychology, University of Maryland - College Park
Benjamin Pheasant
2220AA LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Email
bwpheas [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Monday 1:30-3:30