Dr. Robert Peacock has spent the last two decades in managing overseas assistance projects, including a cybercrime program for the US Department of Justice in Ukraine. Dr. Peacock received an MBA in Finance from Ohio University and a BA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan prior to completing his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Dr. Peacock's research interests are broadly focused on the legitimacy and integrity of prevention institutions ranging from cybersecurity enterprises in Ukraine to community police in Morocco. Dr. Peacock currently serves as the principal investigator for the workforce component of USAID’s Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine program.
While completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Peacock developed and led the implementation team for US Department of Justice-funded patrol police department program that selected, trained, and mentored an entirely new patrol department of 18,000 officers in Ukraine. A radical departure from past law enforcement in the country, the new service-oriented patrol departments quadrupled the number of female officers and tripled indicators for trust in the 31 cities in which they operate. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Peacock served eleven years working as a grey arms analyst and UN Sanctions Coordinator in the US Department of State and as Program Manager in the former Soviet Union for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Peacock is fluent in Russian and has tested at the intermediate level in Ukrainian.