Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca Richardson

Areas of Expertise

Courtroom Decision-Making | Prosecutorial Discretion | Sociodemographic Disparities in Criminal Case Processing


Ph.D., University of Maryland, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2018
M.A., University of Maryland, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2015
B.A., Wellesley College, Psychology and Economics, 2012


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC-270
Phone: 305.348.5952


Rebecca Richardson is an assistant professor in the FIU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Wellesley College and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Richardson’s research focuses broadly on courtroom decision making, with a current emphasis on prosecutorial discretion and sociodemographic disparities in case processing outcomes. Her work at the Center for the Administration of Justice focuses on the Data-Informed Prosecution Project devoted to helping State Attorney’s Offices become more effective and fair through the improvement of data and analytical capacity. Dr. Richardson is also working with Dr. Brian Johnson (University of Maryland) and the State of Connecticut on a two-year project evaluating the potential impacts of evidence-based sentencing on punishment decisions and social inequality.

Featured Publications

Richardson, R. & Kutateladze, B. L. (2020). Tempering expectations: A qualitative study of prosecutorial reform. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency. OnlineFirst.

Lee, J. G., & Richardson, R. L. (2020). Race, Ethnicity, and Trial Avoidance: A Multilevel Analysis. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 31, 422-451.

Johnson, B. D., & Richardson, R. L. (2019). Race and Plea Bargaining. In Edkins, V. A. & Redlich, A. D. (Eds.), A System of Pleas: Social Sciences Contributions to the Real Legal System (pp. 83-106). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.