Matthew R. Hassett


Matthew Hassett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sampson Academic Building, 215



Dr. Matthew R. Hassett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCP in 2018, he earned a B.S. Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has taught a variety of courses at UNCP including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Social Problems, Police in Society, Criminology, Popular Culture, Criminal Justice Writing and Rhetoric, Wrongful Convictions, Life-Course Criminology, Social Research, Social Deviance, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Police/Community Relations, and Family Violence. His primary research focus is on public policy. He has several publications related to firearm policy in the United States. Additionally, he has published works on inequalities within corrections, public health, interpersonal relationships, and higher education. He sits on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center (NC-YVPC)—a local non-profit organization based in Lumberton, NC. Additionally, he assists the NC-YVPC with their research endeavors and supports their acquisition of federal grants from entities such as the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.