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American Studies 050
Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112
Biology 120
Business and Science 137
Chemistry 160
Creative Writing 200
Criminal Justice 202
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Economics 220
English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)
Environmental Science 375
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Global Affairs 478
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Jazz History and Research 561
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Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Criminal Justice 202  

Criminal Justice 202

Degree Program Offered: Doctor of Philosophy

Dean: Shadd Maruna, Ph.D., School of Criminal Justice, Center for Law and Justice (973-353-3311)

Director of Graduate Program: Robert Apel, Ph.D., School of Criminal Justice, Center for Law and Justice (973-353-5216)

Executive Associate Dean: Edith Laurencin, School of Criminal Justice, Center for Law and Justice (973-353-3307)


Members of the Graduate Faculty


Anthony Braga, SCJ; Ph.D., Rutgers
Crime prevention; policing; gang violence; illegal gun markets; program evaluation

Rodney K. Brunson, SCJ; Ph.D., Illinois (Chicago)
Class, gender, race, and criminal justice; criminological theory; juvenile delinquency; gangs and female gang involvement

Ko-lin Chin, SCJ; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Street gangs; organized crime; human trafficking; illegal immigration

Ronald V. Clarke, SCJ; Ph.D., London
Crime opportunity theories; situational crime prevention; wildlife crimes

Todd Clear, SCJ; Ph.D., SUNY (Albany)
Incarceration; community justice issues; sentencing and correction; reentry; higher education

Leslie W. Kennedy, SCJ; Ph.D., Toronto
Spatial risk assessment; public security; policing

Shadd Maruna, SCJ; Ph.D., Northwestern
Desistance from crime; offender rehabilitation; psychology of crime

Jody A. Miller, SCJ; Ph.D., Southern California
Gender, crime, and victimization; feminist theory; qualitative research methods; international/comparative research

Norman Samuels, SCJ; Ph.D., Duke
Terrorism; political process

Bonita M. Veysey, SCJ; Ph.D., SUNY (Albany)
Trauma and behavioral health; implicit social cognition; desistance and identity transformation

Associate Professors:

Robert Apel, SCJ; Ph.D., Maryland
Economy; crime control policy; life course; violence and injury; applied econometrics

Edem F. Avakame, SCJ; Ph.D., Alberta
Social stratification and crime; child development; life-course criminology; quantitative methods; macrosociology

Joel Caplan; SCJ; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Parole; policing; public security; geographical information systems (GIS); criminal justice policy

Johnna Christian, SCJ; Ph.D., SUNY (Albany)
Corrections; prison families; neighborhood studies

Elizabeth Griffiths, SCJ; Ph.D., Toronto
Communities and crime; homicide; victimization risk; crime and public housing; the determinants of interpersonal violence

Joel Miller, SCJ; Ph.D., Surrey (UK)
Police-community relations; ethnic and racial profiling; juvenile justice and delinquency; crime reduction program evaluation

Andres Rengifo, SCJ; Ph.D., CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Communities and crime; cross-cultural and evaluation research; sentencing policy

Mercer L. Sullivan, SCJ; Ph.D., Columbia
Neighborhood and community influences on crime; qualitative research methods; crime and the life course; juvenile justice; school violence

Assistant Professors:

Valerio Bacak, SCJ; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Incarceration; health disparities; youth sexuality; quantitative methods

Sarah Lageson, SCJ; Ph.D., Minnesota
Law; crime; media; technology; criminal records

Michael Ostermann, SCJ; Ph.D., Rutgers (Newark)
Evidence-based crime policy; prisoner reentry; parole; corrections; program evaluation; risk assessment; translational criminology 

Sara Wakefield, SCJ; Ph.D., Minnesota 
Incarceration; life course; inequality; child well-being 

Master's Degree Programs: For information about programs leading
to the master of arts degree, students should refer to the online catalog of the School of Criminal Justice. The academic programs office is located at Center for Law and Justice, Fifth Floor, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (973-353-3311).

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