Joe Hamm is an Associate Professor, jointly appointed in MSU's School of Criminal Justice and Environmental Science and Policy Program. Joe's work lies at the nexus of governance and the public where he investigates what trust is, how best to appropriately measure it, and its connection to "outcomes" like cooperation and compliance. Joe works closely with a variety of governance organizations including police agencies, court systems, water infrastructure managers, public health authorities, and a variety of other state and federal entities with the overarching goal of contributing to a cross-boundary social science of trust.

Joe serves as associate editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior and the Journal of Trust Research. His teaching responsibilities include CJ 905 (Law and Society), CJ 908 (The Cross-Boundary Social Science of Trust in the Institutional Context), and ESP 804 (Environmental Applications and Analysis).

Joe also leads the Teaching, Researching, and Understanding the Social Science of Trust Lab and supervises the School of Criminal Justice's doctoral traineeship in the State Courts and Society.