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Department of Justice, Law & Criminology


SPA Justice,Law / Criminology
Fax: 202-885-2907
Ward, Room 270

Anna Castro,
Administrative Assistant

SPA Justice,Law / Criminology
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8043

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

SPA Associate Dean Jessica Waters, left, and Ph.D. Student Leandra Carrasco, right

The Real World Effects of Reproductive Rights Decisions

SPA Associate Dean Jessica Waters and Ph.D. Student Leandra Carrasco recently published the article "Untagling the Reproductive Rights and Religious Liberty Knot" in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

JLC in the Media

Jessica Waters, associate dean at the School of Public Affairs, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on October 6 arguing that the facts have been ignored throughout the political firestorm around Planned Parenthood.

Jane Palmer, professorial lecturer of public administration and policy, co-wrote an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun on June 29 that outlines Maryland's new law requiring colleges and universities to survey students about sexual assault.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with Huffington Post on January 30 about the slow progress in jury selection for trials centered around the attacks in Aurora, CO and Boston, MA.