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Faculty in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology are leading scholars in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, terrorism, law and society, among other areas.

Located in Washington, D.C., the School of Public Affairs' Department of Justice, Law & Criminology offers courses of study at the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, including master's and PhD programs in Justice, Law and Criminology.

Through SPA’s Justice Programs Office, JLC faculty scholarship is shared with the AU and Washington communities, and across the nation.

Recent News

Black Bone Spring 2015

Professor Johnson’s BleakHouse Publishing Releases Powerful Poetry Collection

The independent press recently released a collection of poems deconstructing delusions of race in the criminal justice system. Read More »

European Union Court of Justice Officials at SPA

William Valasidas and Costas Popotas, far right, address students at SPA.

European Union Court of Justice Officials Visit SPA Class

Two officials from the Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s high court, spoke to a group of School of Public Affairs students on Friday, April 3. Read more »

Lynn Addington Crime Dataset Conference

JLC Professor Lynn Addington Hosts Conference on Complex Crime Datasets

On February 5-6, Associate Professor Lynn Addington hosted a conference of scholars and practitioners to discuss the challenges of working with complex crime datasets. Read more »

2015 Mock Trial Teams Advance to ORCS

Mock Trial Teams Advance to Opening Round of National Championships

Teams A and B are on their way to the opening round of the Mock Trial National Championships following a successful set of performances at the regional tournaments. Read more »

Thomas Zeitzoff

#SPA80for80: Professor Thomas Zeitzoff

Thomas Zeitzoff’s studies have taken him to some of the world’s most entrenched conflicts, including Israel, Mexico, and Turkey. Read more »

Lynn Addington

#SPA80for80: Professor Lynn Addington

Lynn Addington, professor of justice, law and criminology, is now one of the nation’s foremost experts in crime measurement. Read More »

Morgan Walton and Professor Palmer

#SPA80for80: Morgan Walton, SPA/MS ’14 and Professor Jane Palmer, SPA/PhD ’13

Morgan Walton, SPA/MS ’14, and Jane Palmer, SPA/PhD '13, professorial lecturer worked together on an article documenting the national legal support frameworks for sexual assault victims. Read more »

JLC in the Media

The police-community relations event hosted by the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, and moderated by professor Richard Bennett was referenced in a Washington Post article on May 2 about changes in police tactics.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with the Christian Science Monitor on April 23, suggesting that new Attorney General Loretta Lynch should prioritize repairing the Department of Justice's relationship with Congress.

Tricia Bacon, professorial lecturer of justice, law, and criminology, appeared on PBS Frontline on April 21 for a special report on American terrorism and its effects.