Q&A Series with Assistant Professor Rylan Simpson

October 20, 2020

By Adhil Naidu

Dr. Rylan Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology. His research interests include: policing; perceptions of police; police organizations; legitimacy; experimental criminology; theories of crime; social psychology.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have long been interested in policing and police-related questions. I grew up in the Lower Mainland in a city which was policed by the RCMP. I had the opportunity to begin riding with the police at a relatively young age and then eventually work for the police as a 911 Dispatcher. Having grown up in the region, I was thrilled to return home to continue my research and teaching as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology.

What current research are you working on?

I am currently working on several projects regarding policing. For example, in one line of research, I am studying the content and characteristics of police recruitment videos from across North America. In another line of research, I am exploring the patterns and behaviours of patrol officers from a local police agency. In a third line of research, I am experimentally untangling the effects of personal protective equipment on perceptions of police officers.

What classes are you teaching in Fall?

I am teaching CRIM 220 (Research Methods in Criminology) and CRIM 251 (Introduction to Policing).

What do you most enjoy about working at the School of Criminology?

I enjoy working with our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I also enjoy teaching about local policing issues and working with practitioners to help infuse practice into my research and pedagogy.

What do you enjoy most about your students/teaching?

I enjoy watching my students experience excitement about their education. One of my goals when teaching is to help blend the classroom with the field in order to show students the overlap between research and practice. Helping students to identify the real-world implications of their education thus brings me much satisfaction. Seeing them fulfill their dreams is also always very rewarding!

What advice do you have for students to be successful in your class?

I always encourage students to find their passion in the material in which they are studying. In that vein, I always encourage them to approach my class with an open mind and a sense of curiosity. I think that these are the ingredients for a successful and enjoyable learning experience.

Get in touch with Rylan Simpson:

Phone: 778-782-7081
Email: rylan_simpson@sfu.ca

Burnaby Office: Saywell Hall 10205

Personal Website: www.rylansimpson.com