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Ph.D. University Texas at Austin 1982; M.A. University of Texas at El Paso 1976; B.A. University of Texas at El Paso 1974

Malcolm Holmes received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1991, he taught at the University of Texas at El Paso (1986-1991) and New Mexico State University (1981-1986).  He served as the director of the University of Wyoming's Administration of Justice Program from 1991-1995.  His primary research interests involve the relationships of race and ethnicity to criminal justice decision making.  Recently his research has focused on police brutality in minority communities. 

      Holmes, Malcolm D. and Brad W. Smith. 2008. Race and Police Brutality: Roots of an Urban Dilemma. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.  

Selected Articles 

     Smith, Brad W.and Malcolm D. Holmes. 2014. “Police Use of Excessive Force in Minority Communities: A Test of the Minority Threat, Place, and Community Accountability Hypotheses.” Social Problems 61:83-104.

    Holmes, Malcolm D. and Brad W. Smith. 2012. "Intergroup Dynamics of Extra-Legal Police Aggression: An Integrated Theory of Race and Place." Aggression and Violent Behavior 17:344-53.

     Holmes, Malcolm D., Brad W. Smith, Adrienne B. Freng, and Ed A. Munoz. 2008. "Minority Threat, Crime Control, and Police Resource Allocation in the Southwestern United States." Crime and Delinquency 54: 128-152.

      Smith, Brad W. and Malcolm D. Holmes. 2003. "Community Accountability, Minority Threat, and Police Brutality: An Examination of Civil Rights Criminal Complaints." Criminology 41: 1035-63. 

      Holmes, Malcolm D. and Judith A. Antell. 2001. "The Social Construction of American Indian Drinking: Perceptions of American Indian and White Officials." The Sociological Quarterly 42:151-73. 

      Holmes, Malcolm D. 2000. "Minority Threat and Police Brutality: Determinants of Civil Rights Criminal Complaints in U.S. Municipalities." Criminology 38:343-68. 

      Holmes, Malcolm D., Harmon M. Hosch, Howard C. Daudistel, Dolores A. Perez, and Joseph B. Graves. 1996. "Ethnicity, Legal Resources and Felony Dispositions in Two Southwestern Jurisdictions." Justice Quarterly 13:11-30. 

      Holmes, Malcolm D., Harmon M. Hosch, Howard C. Daudistel, Dolores A. Perez, and Joseph B. Graves. 1993. "Judges' Ethnicity and Minority Sentencing: Evidence Concerning Hispanics." Social Science Quarterly 74:496-506.

      Farrell, Ronald A. and Malcolm D. Holmes. 1991. "The Social and Cognitive Structure of Legal Decision-Making." The Sociological Quarterly 32:529-42.

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