Joshua Cochran                         Return to Awards page.        


2012 Dissertation Award Recipient, First Place

Joshua Cochran is a doctoral candidate in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.  His research focuses on the effects of punishment, prison experiences, perceptions of justice, and the causes of offending.  Cochran’s dissertation work examines prisoners’ visitation experiences and the implications of those experiences on prison social order and future criminal behavior.  Recently, he completed work on a federally funded project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with Drs. Daniel P. Mears and Avinash Bhati examining juvenile justice sanctions.  He recently received the 2012 Graduate Research and Creativity Award for the Social and Behavioral Sciences from Florida State University.  Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Cochran received a B.A. in Crime, Law and Justice, International Studies, and in German from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, and an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 2010.  He is expected to graduate this Spring.