Ethan Rogers’ research is primarily focused on criminology and criminal justice policy. In his dissertation, Rogers examined the role of bystanders in conflict escalation and violence. While his recent research continues to explore interpersonal disputes, his work also includes the spatial distribution of crime across communities, health consequences of incarceration, and trends in violence. Currently, Rogers is working on a book chapter on interpersonal violence across the rural-urban divide and a project assessing the link between mental health and gun violence. He also strives to connect research with Iowa policymakers and the broader public. He provides research assistance to Iowa agencies, develops policy briefs using Iowa data, and teaches a course aimed to introduce University of Iowa students to contemporary discussions of criminal justice policy in Iowa, titled "Iowa Criminal Justice Policy & Reform."