Cassia Spohn is a Foundation Professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She received her doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author or co-author of seven books, including "Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System," which was published in 2014. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions. In 2013, she received ASUs Award for Leading Edge Research in the Social Sciences and was selected as a fellow of the American Society of Criminology. She also is a fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Western Society of Criminology. In 2017, she was appointed to the Department of Defense Advisory Board on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces.