H. Bennett (Ben) Wilcox III

A photo of H. Bennett (Ben) Wilcox III

Lecturer I

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology


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  • MA, Eastern Michigan University, 2008

Interests and Expertise

  • Penology and prisoner advocacy
  • Criminological theory- critical perspectives on crime and social justice
  • Restorative justice and conflict mediation systems


Ben Wilcox became a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University after completing his graduate studies at EMU, which included a graduate assistantship under Gregg Barak, Ph.D. In this capacity, he has sought to enhance students’ knowledge of the complex issues of social justice that concern our society today. As a former clinical social worker and delinquency specialist, Ben has applied his practical knowledge of human behavior and social processes to activism on the behalf of current and former prisoners across the country, including the mentorship of serving prisoners and parolees. He is the web master of ex-con resources, a social justice website dedicated to the investigation and provision of informational resources to the formerly incarcerated and their families. Ben has been married to his wife, Jan, for 32 years, and has been studying and teaching traditional Asian martial-arts for more than three decades.