Ethan Rogers

Title & Affiliation
Assistant Research Scientist Crime and Justice Policy Research Program


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Iowa, 2019
  • MA, Sociology, University of Iowa, 2015

Ethan Rogers’ research is primarily focused on criminology, health, and criminal justice policy. A core area of Rogers’ work focuses on interpersonal disputes and violence. He has published several findings on the individual and situational factors associated with the escalation of conflict and the victim-offender overlap. His work on interpersonal disputes and violence can be found in high impact criminology journals, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Aggressive Behavior, British Journal of Criminology. He is currently studying the extent to which homicide booms, including the increase since 2014, are concentrated among demographic groups and geographic places. You can find more of his work on violence trends in forthcoming edited volumes such as Rural Victims of Crime and Taking Stock of Homicide.  

A second core area of Rogers’ work examines the health consequences of adverse stressors across the life course. His research on the link between incarceration and accelerated biological aging has been published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science and Medicine. He is currently collaborating with a research team to examine the health effects of adverse childhood experiences. In future projects, the research team aims to identify the potential sources of resilience. 

In addition to conducting research, Rogers engages in community outreach and student support at the PPC. He strives to connect research findings with Iowa policymakers and the broader public. He provides research assistance to Iowa agencies, develops policy briefs using Iowa data, creates research highlights, 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."

Research Interests

  • Crime and justice policy
  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Quantitative methods
  • Rural sociology