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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
Environmental Geology 380
Global Affairs 478
History 510
Jazz History and Research 561
Management 620
Mathematical Sciences 645
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Physics, Applied 755
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Global 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 2018-2020 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Criminal Justice 202  
Rutgers University–Newark Undergraduate 2018–2020
Criminal Justice 202

Degree Program Offered: Doctor of Philosophy

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

Director of Graduate Program: Elizabeth Griffiths, Ph.D., School of Criminal Justice, Center for Law and Justice (973-353-3303)

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


Members of the Graduate Faculty


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

Rod Brunson, SCJ; Ph.D., Illinois (Chicago)
Social stratification; criminological theory; juvenile delinquency; gangs

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

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

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

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

Associate Professors:

Edem F. Avakame, SCJ; Ph.D., Alberta
Social stratification; child development; life course; 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; neighborhoods

Elizabeth Griffiths, SCJ; Ph.D., Toronto
Communities and crime; drug markets; case processing; penalty enhancements; violence; prosecutorial/judicial discretion

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

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

Andres Rengifo, SCJ; Ph.D., CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Bail and first appearance courts; policing; cross-national and comparative research; social networks

Sara Wakefield, SCJ; Ph.D., Minnesota
Incarceration and inequality; reentry and social networks; parental incarceration

Assistant Professors:

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

Colleen Berryessa, SCJ; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Law and society; courts; mental health; biosocial criminology; mixed methods

Frank Edwards, SCJ; Ph.D., Washington
Child welfare; punishment and society; law and society; welfare state; race

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

Michael Sierra-Arevalo, SCJ; Ph.D., Yale
Policing; ethnography; organizational culture; social networks; gun violence

Jasmine Silver, SCJ; Ph.D., SUNY (Albany)
Morality and Ideology; public opinion; police-citizen relations

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).

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
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