Research in Progress:
- 2021: Darkweb data collection techniques and crawlers
- 2021: Police Perceptions During COVID-19
- 2021: DPD Calls for Service during COVID-19
- 2021: Police Chief Perceptions of the Ferguson Effect (revisions)
- 2019: DOJ/NIJ Grant Award 2018-75-CX-0005 (on-going)
- 2018: Chancellor’s Research Initiative: Darkweb Archive (ongoing)
Peer Reviewed Publications:
- Savage, R., Copeland, C., del Carmen, A. (2020). Who Are Law Enforcement Chief Executives? An Examination of Current Police Chiefs in Texas. Security Theory and Practice, 21(4).
- Nagy, D., Gomez, H., Copeland, C. (2019). Securing Terminology: Lessons from Interdisciplinary Research. ISSA Journal, 17(11), 28-31.
- Copeland, C., Wallin, M., Holt, T., (2018): Assessing the Practices and Products of Darkweb Firearm Vendors. Deviant Behavior, 41(8), 949-968.
- Rider, R.R., Copeland, C., Dobbs, R. (2018). Officer Perception of New Technology on Crash Reconstructions in Texas. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 18(3), 55–68.
- CRI: Automated web scraping tools for illicit weapons trafficking on Darkweb
- CRI: Automated web scraping tools for multiple illicit drug markets on Darkweb
- CRI: Archival web system for tracking and storing offline sites for forensic analysis and prosecution (ongoing) on Darkweb.
Non-peer Reviewed Publications:
- Copeland, C. (2021). Darkweb: Overview, Operation, and Response. In T. J. Holt (Ed.), Crime Online: Correlates, Causes, and Context (4th ed., pp. 263–279). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
- Olga Semukhina, Christopher Copeland, Tara O’Connor Shelley, and Courtney Walker. (2020). Quarterly Report 3: Cluster Analysis of CNET Cases, Descriptive Analysis of USPIS Parcel Data, and Dark Web Market Trends Report for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, pp. 1-315.
- Olga Semukhina, Christopher Copeland, Tara O’Connor Shelley, and Richard Savage. (2020). Quarterly Report 2: Cluster Analysis of CNET Cases, Descriptive Analysis of USPIS Parcel Data, and Dark Web Market Trends Report for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, pp. 1-76.
- Olga Semukhina, Christopher Copeland, Tara O’Connor Shelley, and Monica Murphy. (2020). Quarterly Report 1: Descriptive Analysis of CNET Case Files and Overview of Dark Web Narcotics Markets and TOR Operation. Report for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, pp. 1-60.
Thesis Committees (Defended):
- 2019 (Chair) Amber Fort: Perceptions of Probation Officers On The Legalization Of Marijuana in Texas.
- 2018 (Reader) Mary Giordano: Revenge made simple: the relationship of neutralization, symbolic interactionism, and revenge porn.
- 2017 (Reader) Roger Rider: The impact of new technology on crash reconstruction.
- 2017 (Reader) Joseph Ellzey: Examining officers with a higher level of education perception on police transparency and legitimacy.
- 2017 (Reader) Amanda Moss: Perceived impact of the Texas racial profiling law on Texas law enforcement agencies.
- 2017 (Reader) Patricia Hollingsworth: Officer Involved Domestic Violence.
- 2019: Copeland, C., Semukhina, O., Holt, T., Roundtable: Data Collection on the Darknet, Darkweb, and Deepweb. American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California.
- 2019: Copeland, C., del Carmen, A., Exploration of Themes in Hurricane Harvey on Twitter. European Society of Criminology, Ghent, Belgium.
- 2017: Copeland, C “Proliferation of Illegal Weapons on the Dark Web: An Exploratory Study”. American Center, United States Embassy, Prague, CZ.
- 2017: Copeland, C., del Carmen, A. “Analysis of Wcrypt Ransomware Attack” 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Cardiff Wales 2017.
- 2017: Texas Intelligence, Cyber, & Counterterrorism Conference: Dark Web Narcotics, Midlothian TX.
- 2016: Copeland, C., Butler, R., Jones, S., Sherwin, L. “Proliferation of Illegal Weapons on the Dark Web: An Exploratory Study” 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Munster Germany 2016.
- 2015: Copeland, C, Butler, R (2015). “Cybercrime Field Response Certificate Program” 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Porto Portugal 2015.
- 2014: Del Carmen, A., Rodriguez, J., Copeland C. (2014). “Proliferation of Gang Sentiment in Social Media: A Grounded Theory Approach” The Rule of Law in an Era of Change Security, Social Justice, and Inclusive Governance International Conference, Athens Greece 2014
- 2007: Copeland, C., Dobbs, R. R., & del Carmen, A. (2007). Re-Examining the Perceived Relations Between Police Officers and Security Personnel. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 7(4), 151–162.