David Mackey

David Mackey
Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice; Criminology
Phone: (603) 535-3193
Office: Justice & Security, Mary Lyon Hall Rm 034K, MSC 59, Plymouth, NH 03264


BS, University of Lowell; MA, University of Massachusetts; PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

David A. Mackey is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University. He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a lifetime member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. He co-edited Crime Prevention, published by Jones and Bartlett, with Kristine Levan in 2013. With Kathryn Elvey, he recently co-edited Society, ethics, and the law: A text reader.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

Mackey, D. A. Rational-based policies and irrational actors: An examination of recent tragedies at domestic military installations, houses of worship, and schools. In E. S. See, C. M. Bellas, & S. A. See (Eds.), Guns 360. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Courtright, K. E. & Mackey, D. A. (2020). Making methods relevant: Undergraduate research methods and the content analysis project. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Innovative Pedagogy. 2, Available at: https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/sotl_ip /vol2/iss1/5

Mackey, D. A. & Elvey, K. (Eds.). (2021). Society, ethics, and the law: A text reader.  Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

Mackey, D. A. & Levan, K. (2019). Moral dilemmas and worst-case scenarios: Using post-apocalyptic fiction to teach criminal justice ethics. The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 30(3), 319-332.

Mackey, David & Courtright, Kevin (2012). Connecting academic criminal justice to the practitioner perspective: The efficacy of the professional interview published in The Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Mackey, David & Smith, Michael (2012) X-ray scanning, wiretaps, and other searches: College students’ perceptions of the reasonableness and intrusiveness of homeland security searches published in Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, Special Issue Homeland Security Ten Years After 9/11.

Courtright, Kevin, Mackey, David & Packard, Susan. (2011). Criminal justice job desirability among incoming freshmen: Exploring relationships between personal characteristics and occupational attractiveness published in Corrections Compendium.

Awards or recognition

Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Immediate Past President, 2020-2021
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Assessment Mentor
Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences Regional Fellow’s Award, 2011

Courses Taught

CJ 1020          Criminal Justice in Action
CJ 1060          Technology in Criminal Justice
CJ 2080          Crime and Criminals
CJ 3155          Society, Ethics & the Law
CJ 4805          Criminal Justice Seminar
SO 2080         Crime and Criminals