Dr. Kathrine Johnson


Dr. Kathrine Johnson is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of UWF’s Criminal Justice Program at its Fort Walton Beach campus. Her research examines the impacts of holding offenders in jail because of a violation of probation, risk assessment tools for pretrial release, the detrimental consequences of criminalizing homelessness, factors in sentencing of habitual offenders, the use of GPS tracking systems to monitor offenders, and a case study of Florida’s 10-20-lifers – offenders who broke state laws involving crimes with firearms.

Johnson, who joined the UWF Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice in 2000, also has researched pedagogical issues such as distance learning, international collaborative teaching, and virtual interactive teaching and learning. Criminal Justice Policy Review, Issues in Information Systems, Journal of Criminal Justice Education and Journal of Offender Monitoring are among the peer-reviewed journals publishing her work.

Johnson earned a doctorate in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania after she received bachelor and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, ranging from Race/Ethnicity/Gender and Crime to Substance Abuse and the Offender, Research Methods, Courts, and Corrections. In 2015 she received UWF’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Degrees & Institutions:

Johnson received a bachelor and master's degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. She went on to earn her doctorate in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Johnson's research interests are focused on correctional issues including jail, prison, and community corrections along with pedagogical approaches includes online teaching.

Current Courses:

  • Research Methodology
  • Seminar
  • Criminology

Classes Taught:

    • Courts
    • Research Design
    • Criminology
    • Corrections
    • Research Methodology


    Publications – Journal Articles

    • Goulette, N., Johnson, K., and Vaughn, S. (2018). Exploring Judicial Discretion and Correctional Policy in the Practice of Violation of Probation Holds in One Unique County Facility in Northwest Florida. Corrections Policy, Practice and Research, X, pp. 1-18.
    • Johnson, K., Frondigoun, L., and Jones, H. (2013). While you were sleeping: Realising the dream of international collaborative teaching. ELiSS,  5(1), pp. 9-18. doi: 10.11120/elss.2013.05010009.  
    • Crow, M. and Johnson, K. (2008). Race, Ethnicity, and Habitual Offender Sentencing: A Multilevel Analysis of Individual and Contextual Threat. Criminal Justice Policy Review 19(1), pp. 63-83.
    • Jones, H., Kunselman, J., Johnson, K., and Wowk, M. (2005). Communicating Across the Atlantic: US and British Students Discuss Criminal Justice Issues. Issues in Information Systems VI(1), pp. 163-169.
    • Johnson, K. (2005). Student Experiences with a Distance Learning Telecourse: Practical and Pedagogical Issues. Professional Studies Review 1(2), pp. 83-94.
    • Kunselman, J. and Johnson, K. (2004). Using the Case Method to Facilitate Learning. College Teaching, 51(3), pp. 87-92.
    • Johnson, K. (2004). Interviews as a data collection method: But which type should I use? In Controversies in Criminal Justice Research. (R. Tewksbury and E. Mustaine, Eds.). Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing.
    • Kunselman, J., Johnson, K., and Rayboun, M. (2003). Profiling Sentence Enhancement Offenders: A Case Study of Florida’s 10-20-Lifers. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 14(2), pp. 229-248.
    • Johnson, K. (2002). States’ Use of GPS Offender Tracking Systems. Journal of Offender Monitoring, 15(2), pp. 15, 21-22, 26.
    • Johnson, K. and White, J. (2002). The Use of Multiple Intelligences in Criminal Justice Education. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 13(2), pp. 369-386.
    • Grossi, E. and Johnson, K. (1994). Instructor's Manual for Vito, G. and Holmes, R. Criminology: Theory, research and policy. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
    • Weisheit, R. and Johnson, K. (1992). Exploring the Dimensions of Support for Decriminalizing Drugs. Journal of Drug Issues, 22(1), pp. 53-73.
    • Weisheit, R., Smith, B., and Johnson, K. (1991). Does the Marijuana Experience with Alcohol Prohibition Generalize to Marijuana? American Journal of Criminal Justice, 15(2), pp. 13-56.

Keywords: Criminalizing homelessness, GPS monitoring offenders, sentences for habitual offenders, 10-20-lifers, international collaborative teaching and learning, distance learning, victimology