Chris Donner, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor and
Graduate Program Director

Office #:  Mundelein Center, Room 807C

Phone: 773.508.8456



Chris Donner joined the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Loyola University Chicago as an assistant professor in August 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was an assistant professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Dr. Donner's main research interests are focused in American law enforcement, specifically in police misconduct. He has secondary interests in online offending and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Donner has worked on several funded research projects, and he worked closely with policing scholars and practitioners to produce translational research. He is currently working on a focused deterrence project with the City of Rockford, IL. Before pursuing his doctorate, he worked in the criminal justice field for two years as a Pre-Trial Officer for the Hamilton County (OH) Municipal Court. Dr. Donner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Midwest Criminal Justice Association. His recent work has been published in multiple peer-review journal outlets, such as the Journal of Criminal JusticePolice Quarterly, Victims & Offenders, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and Criminal Justice & Behavior.


2013    Ph.D., Criminology                University of South Florida

2007    M.S., Criminal Justice            University of Cincinnati

2006    B.S., Criminal Justice             University of Cincinnati

Research Interests

American law enforcement

Police integrity and misconduct


U.S. Supreme Court

Criminological Theory

Courses Taught


Crime Prevention

Statistics (undergraduate and graduate)

Criminological Theory

Selected Publications

Donner, C.M., Maskaly, J., Popovich, N., & Thompson, K. (forthcoming). Exploring the relationship between effective parenting, self-control, and adherence to the police code of silence. Deviant Behavior.

Maskaly, J., Ivkovic, S.K., Haberfeld, M., Donner, C.M., Chen, T., & Meyers, M. (forthcoming). Assessing the validity of Police Integrity Scale in a comparative context. Policing & Society.

Donner, C.M. (forthcoming). “The best predictor of future behavior is…”: Examining the impact of past police misconduct on the likelihood of future misconduct. Journal of Crime & Justice.

Donner, C.M., & Popovich, N. (forthcoming). Hitting (or missing) the mark: An examination of police shooting accuracy. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.

Lombardo, R.M., & Donner, C.M. (2018). Can community policing increase informal social control? Testing the impact of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. Police Practice & Research, 19(5), 427-442.

Maskaly, J., & Donner, C.M., Jennings, W.G., Ariel, B., & Sutherland, A. (2017). The effects of body-worn cameras (BWCs) on police and citizen outcomes: A state-of-the-art review. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40(4), 672-688.

Donner, C.M., Maskaly, J., Piquero, A.R., & Jennings, W.G. (2017). Quick on the draw: Assessing the relationship between low self-control and officer-involved police shootings. Police Quarterly, 20(2), 213-234.