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  • #2 Ranked PhD Program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 1:1 mentorship from faculty
  • Specialized training on research and teaching
  • Competitive funding packages for PhD students
  • Small cohorts and class sizes
  • MS program prepares students for PhD program or job market
  • Inclusive graduate student culture

Informing policy through scholarship

Faculty members in the school are involved in important and policy-relevant research on issues that span the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice. This research broadly covers Corrections, Policing, Juvenile Justice, Race/Justice, Law and Courts, Violence and Victimization, and Neighborhoods, Community and Crime. Police-community relations, use of technology by the police, mass incarceration and its consequences, racial profiling by criminal justice agencies including sentencing, the response of the criminal justice system to crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault, neighborhoods and crime, and gangs and crime are project areas in which our faculty are engaged. The results of these projects are incorporated into the classes taught; they also inform policy and practice at the state, national and international levels. 

Areas of expertise

  • Childhood Conduct Disorders
  • Children and the Law
  • Community and Institutional Corrections
  • Community Policing and Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Crime Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Criminology in Developing Nations
  • Effects of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
  • Fraud Victimization
  • Gangs
  • Gender & Crime
  • Immigration, Crime, and Social Justice
  • The Insanity and Diminished Capacity Defenses
  • Juvenile Court Processes
  • Legal Psychology and Legal Socialization
  • Neighborhoods, Crime, and Disorder
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Police Use of Force
  • Police and Technology
  • Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
  • Psychopathy and Criminal Offending
  • Sentencing and Plea Bargaining 
  • Sex, Sexuality, Law, and Justice
  • Social Control
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • SuperMax Prisons
  • Victimization
  • Violence and Violent Crime


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