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Doctoral Students

Doctoral students in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology (JLC) conduct research on a variety of subjects across the department's three primary concentrations: criminal justice and criminology, terrorism and security policy, and legal studies. The nature of study at JLC is interdisciplinary and provides a balanced approach to the field, thus preparing PhD graduates for roles in academia, government, consulting, and more. These students benefit from working with faculty on the most pressing issues in the field and have contributed to key studies both here and abroad. These profiles highlight some of their accomplishments at American University.

Gokhan Aksu

Gokhan Aksu

Gokhan Aksu is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Society at American University. His research interests mainly revolve around international police cooperation, policing terrorism, community policing, police legitimacy, criminological theory, and rout... [More]



Erik Alda

Erik Alda

Erik Alda is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. From 2001 to 2003, he lived in the slums of Fortaleza (CearĂ¡), Brazil where he worked with an NGO on issues related to crime, violence and safety. In the past ten year... [More]



Maya Barak

Maya Barak

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Adjunct Instructor

Maya Barak is a PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society, with a dual concentration in the sociology of the law and criminology and an emphasis on qualitative methods. Her research brings together the topics of law, deviance, immigr... [More]



Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks is a PhD candidate in Justice, Law & Society. Her research interests include restorative justice, community corrections, prisoner reentry, sexual violence in prison, and the death penalty. Alison is also a Research Associate at the Nati... [More]



Leandra Carrasco

Leandra Carrasco

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Leandra is a second-year PhD student. Her research interests include: reproductive justice, with special emphasis on the right to parent; accessibility of legal services and legal knowledge; and, generally, the creation of social change through the f... [More]



Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen

Captain Ari Cohen is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. His research interests include radicalization and pathways to terrorism, policing transnational criminal organizations, international defense cooperation, and ... [More]



Suat Cubukcu

Suat Cubukcu

Suat Cubukcu is a PhD student in Justice, Law & Society. His research interests include terrorism, social capital, and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).



Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal is currently pursuing a PhD in Justice, Law & Society at American University in Washington, D.C. Her area of research interest is in the field of human rights, with a focus on survivors of human rights abuses and the adverse consequences ... [More]





Joel Hunt

Joel Hunt

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Adjunct Instructor

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Justice, Law and Society at American University. Also works as a social science (geospatial) analyst at the National Institute of Justice. Background in statistics/econometrics, methodology, and policing.



Katherine Jares

Katherine Jares

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Adjunct Instructor

Katie Hail-Jares is a PhD student in Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. Her research interests include American parole boards, incarcerated communities, wrongful convictions, and sex work. Her dissertation is a mixed method examina... [More]



Erin Kearns

Erin Kearns

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Adjunct Instructor

Erin Kearns is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University, with a minor in Public Policy. Her research utilizes a multidisciplinary and multi-method framework to understand the relationship between terrorism, counterterroris... [More]



Kenneth Leon

Kenneth Leon

Kenneth Sebastian Leon is a PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology with a dual emphasis in sociolegal studies and criminology. His primary research interests include drug policy, deviance, state power and control, classical so... [More]



Belen Lowrey

Belen Lowrey

Belen Lowrey is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Society. Her research interests include forensic linguistics, false confessions, wrongful convictions, and community policing. Her experience in language and the law includes an internship during the ... [More]



Kristina Lugo

Kristina Lugo

Kris Lugo is a PhD student in Justice, Law, and Society at American University. Her research interests include human trafficking, transnational and organized crime, and criminal justice institutional development in comparative perspective. Kris serve... [More]





Keri Sikich

Keri Sikich

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Adjunct Instructor

Keri Sikich is a doctoral candidate in Justice, Law, and Society. Her dissertation seeks to understand why some democracies have juries for criminal trials. Ms. Sikich's research interests include juries and comparative lay adjudication systems. Sh... [More]



Renee Souris

Renee Souris

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Renee Nicole Souris is a PhD candidate in Law and Society and Political Theory. Her dissertation examines the question of how individual moral and criminal responsibility for wrongdoing is impacted, if at all, by the abusive or violent nature of one'... [More]

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Robert Weed

Robert Weed

Robert Weed is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Society. His research interests include communities and crime, social network analysis, symbolic interaction, technology and crime, social stratification, and American politics.



Keith Williams

Keith Williams

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Adjunct Instructor

Keith L. Williams has over 20 years of experience in private security and municipal law enforcement. His policing career has included stints in patrol operations, recruiting, homicide investigations, and at the executive level focusing on risk manage... [More]