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Rebecca Richardson Dunlea

Assistant Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Office: MARC-270

Phone: 305.348.5952



Rebecca Richardson Dunlea 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 Dunlea'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 Prosecutorial Performance Indicators  devoted to helping State Attorney’s Offices become more effective and fair through the improvement of data and analytical capacity. Dr. Richardson Dunlea 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.

Selected Publications

Liu, Lin, Dunlea, R. R., & Besiki L. Kutateladze. 2021. "Time for Time: Uncovering Case Processing Duration as a Source of Punitiveness." Crime & Delinquency. OnlineFirst.

Richardson, R. & Kutateladze, B. L. (2020). Tempering expectations: A qualitative study of prosecutorial reform. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 58, 41-73.

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

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