The Division of Experimental Criminology


The Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC) is one of 8 divisions in the American Society of Criminology. The DEC seeks to promote and improve the use and development of experimental evidence and methods in the advancement of criminological theory and evidence-based crime policy.

The Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC) was founded in 1998 in order to recognize criminologists who have successfully led randomized, controlled, field experiments in criminology.

185+ Members

Over 185 members working to use experiments to improve criminological research

13+ Countries

Our members represent 13 countries bringing diverse experience and expertise

10+ Years

Promoting the use of experiments in criminology

Karen Amendola, PhD

President, Division of Experimental Criminology


Join the DEC

Joining the DEC demonstrates your support for the use of high quality experimental and quasi-experimental research in criminology. Learn about membership benefits.


Read Publications

The official publication of the DEC is the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Members receive complimentary access to this leading journal. The DEC/AEC also publishes periodic newsletters.


Annual Awards

The DEC/AEC recognizes superior research every year at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Awards are given to researchers for their contribution to the advancement of experimentation in criminological research.


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  • Jun 13, 2018

    Research Highlight- Can You Build a Better Cop?

    Dr. Emily Owens and colleagues recently published an article in Criminology & Public Policy that examined a police officer training based on the framework of procedural justice. Dr. Owens talks about her research on the podcast Criminal Injustice. Listen to the podcast or read the article.   Abstract: By drawing from psychology and economics, we present an […]

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  • Mar 19, 2018

    Now accepting applications for DEC/AEC awards

    Update June 2018: Nominations for the 2018 awards are closed. Award decisions will be announced soon. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates. 

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Journal of Experimental Criminology

The Journal of Experimental Criminology (JEC) is the official journal of the DEC. JEC publishes original experimental and quasi-experimental research that advances theories of crime and criminology. JEC also publishes systematic reviews that meet the standards of the Campbell or Cochrane Collaborations.