M. Dylan Spencer

M. Dylan Spencer

Criminology and Criminal Justice Doctoral Candidate

University of South Carolina


M. Dylan Spencer is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include spatial and quantitative methodologies, natural resource-based crime, evidence-based crime prevention, and policing. He expects to complete his Ph.D. program in the spring of 2022.


  • Spatial analysis
  • Wildlife crime
  • Crime prevention
  • Policing


  • PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Expected 2022

    University of South Carolina

  • MA in Criminal Justice, 2018

    Radford University

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crime Analysis, 2018

    Radford University

  • BS in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, 2014

    Virginia Tech



Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

Aug 2018 – Present Columbia, South Carolina

Courses Taught:

  • Policing
  • Sociology of Crime

Courses GA’d

  • Analyzing Homicide
  • Communities and Crime
  • Policing

Graduate Assistant

Radford University, Dept. of Criminal Justice

Aug 2016 – May 2018 Radford, Virginia

Courses GA’d:

  • Wildlife Crime and Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Courts and Criminal Process
  • Deviant Sexual Behavior
  • Rural Crime and Law Enforcement


Grants & Certifications

Grant: Public Transportation and Crime

Awarded $5,000 to study the effects of new train stations openings on local crime in Charlotte, NC

Preparing Future Faculty Credential

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a professional development opportunity that provides assistance to graduate students and post-docs who want to become faculty members at the college level. PFF is a national program established by the Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Science Foundation.


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