Areas of Expertise
criminal justice policy development, eras of policing, community policing, use of force, civil disorder prevention and control
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
M.P.A., University of Southern California
B.A., California State University, Northridge
Dr. Hooper holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Claremont Graduate School, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in geography from the California State University, Northridge. He began his involvement with the criminal justice system as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Following a 23-year career with LAPD, he served as a faculty member within the Criminal Justice Program at Penn State University (PSU). After a 5-year stint at PSU, he returned to California to assume a leadership position within the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). He served 13 years with POST. He joined Sonoma State University as a lecturer concurrent with his appointment at POST. He has authored numerous publications regarding the role of police in American society.