About CCJ

About Us 

Our school is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity. Our program is ranked no. 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and our world-class faculty is engaged in cutting-edge research which prepares students for the challenges of criminal justice practice in the 21st century. Our online graduate program has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five degrees in the nation for three years running.

We are one of the highest rated programs at Arizona State University and conveniently located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the fifth largest city in the U.S. Our proximity to major criminal justice agencies enhances the opportunities for instruction, practice and student internship experience.


We strive to produce world-class criminological research and to maintain high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students by creating intellectual fusion through interdisciplinary approaches to major social issues; being socially embedded in our community to maximize our local impact as well as our national stature; and contributing to societal transformations in ways that facilitate greater well-being and enhance public safety.

Our Numbers at a Glance

We currently have one of the largest criminology and criminal justice faculties in the nation. 

Faculty (2019-2020 Academic Year)

  • 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty members
  • 20 research professors, clinical professors, professors of practice, lecturers, and instructors
  • 58 faculty associates

Students (2019-2020 Academic Year)

  • 2,530 undergraduate students
  • 287 master’s students
  • 38 Ph.D. students

Research Areas

  • Policing
  • Child Maltreatment and Criminal Justice Responses to It
  • Community and Institutional Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
  • Fraud Victimization, Gender & Crime
  • Gangs, Community Policing, and Drug Use
  • Immigration, Crime and Social Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Court Processes
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Neighborhood Dynamics and Crime
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
  • Sentencing Policies
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Theories of Disorder, Neighborhoods and Crime 
  • Wrongful Convictions