M. Dylan Spencer, Ph.D.

M. Dylan Spencer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

South Dakota State University


Dr. Dylan Spencer is an assistant professor in the School of Psychology, Sociology, and Rural Studies at South Dakota State University. His primary research focuses on the geography of crime. He applies this focus to other research areas such as wildlife crime, evidence-based crime prevention, and policing. As a quantitative researcher, Dr. Spencer works extensively with large datasets from a variety of agencies and organizations. His research has utilized a wide range of analytic techniques, both spatial and non-spatial. The following analyses and research designs are a few examples he has used: a meta-analysis, multi-level models, machine learning, and occupancy models.


  • Spatial analysis
  • Wildlife crime
  • Crime prevention
  • Policing


  • Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2022

    University of South Carolina

  • M.A. in Criminal Justice, 2018

    Radford University

  • B.S. in Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, 2014

    Virginia Tech

Academic Positions


Assistant Professor

South Dakota State University, School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies

Aug 2022 – Present Brookings, South Dakota

Adjunct Instructor

Radford University, Dept. of Criminal Justice

Jan 2022 – May 2022 Radford, Virginia

Instructor of Record

University of South Carolina, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Aug 2018 – May 2022 Columbia, South Carolina


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