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Directors

Caroline Cooper

Caroline Cooper

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Director, Justice Programs Office

Caroline Cooper has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts. She has also been a practicing attorney, an assi... [More]

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Faculty & Staff

Steven Collins

Steven Collins

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Research Specialist III

Steven Collins is a Research Specialist for the Justice Programs Office. Prior to joining the JPO he worked as an Intern Investigator for the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia. Steve has a B.A. in Political Science from American U... [More]

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Hina Gir

Hina Gir

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Office Coordinator

Hina Gir is currently a junior at American University and is majoring in Justice, Law & Society. She works primarily with Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) project conducted by the Justice Programs Office (JPO). She also works as a legal researcher fo... [More]

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Tenzing Lahdon

Tenzing Lahdon

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Research Specialist III

Tenzing Lahdon graduated with M.S degree in Criminal Justice (Justice, Law and Criminology) from American University and has received her bachelors in International Business Management from Luther College. She works primarily on the JPO’s Drug Court ... [More]

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Sam Larsen

Sam Larsen

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Research Specialist II

Sam Larsen is a Research Specialist at the Justice Programs Office. Working on the JPO's Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, Sam engages directly with problem solving courts, utilizing the extensive research of the School of Public Affairs and t... [More]

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Erica McCoy

Erica McCoy

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Research Specialist I

Erica McCoy, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, is a second year graduate student pursuing her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Policy and Management in the School of Public Affairs, at American University. She graduated with a ... [More]

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Preeti Menon

Preeti Menon

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Part Time Staff

Preeti P. Menon is a Sr. Research Associate at the Justice Programs Office. She has extensive experience in justice system policy development and criminal justice program operations as well as project management. Ms. Menon has also provided training ... [More]



Casey Trebisacci

Casey Trebisacci

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Research Specialist II

Casey Trebisacci graduated from American University's School of Public Affairs in 2012 with a B.A. in justice: criminology specialization. She also minored in communications through the College of Arts and Sciences. While at AU, Casey served as an ad... [More]

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Student Research Assistants

Casey Boswell

Casey Boswell

Casey is from the DC metro area and grew up in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a second year Master of Science student pursuing her degree in Justice, Law and Criminology with a concentration in Justice and Public Policy. Casey graduated from... [More]



Rafael Caballero

Rafael Caballero

Rafael is a second year graduate student at American University pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in International Financial Management. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and in the spring of 2013 he obtained tw... [More]



Jonathan Dell Isola

Jonathan Dell Isola

Jon Dell Isola is senior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a BA in History with minors in political science and computer science. After graduating Jon will continue on to get a MA in History from American University. His academic and resea... [More]



Samantha Heid

Samantha Heid

Samantha Heid is a graduate research assistant at the Justice Programs Office. Prior to joining the JPO team, Samantha spent the previous year in Galicia, Spain teaching English in a primary school. Having graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2012... [More]



Andrew Larose

Andrew Larose

Andrew LaRose, from Sarasota, FL, is a Student Research Assistant at the Justice Programs Office. He is currently a first-year Master of Science candidate in the Justice, Law, & Society program at American University. Before moving to Washington, D.C... [More]



Madeline McPherson

Madeline McPherson

Maddie McPherson is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University with a focus on Justice and Public Policy. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from Duquesne University in the spring of 2013 with a... [More]



Alyssa Purdy

Alyssa Purdy

Alyssa Purdy, originally from West Michigan, is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Justice, Law & Criminology from American University. In December of 2013, she graduated with honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a Bachelor... [More]



Juliana Ramia Capellan

Juliana Ramia Capellan

Juliana Ramia completed her Law Degree with Cum-Laude Honors in the Dominican Republic on December 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Justice, Law & Criminology Masters with a concentration in Criminal Justice & Public Policy, in the School of Pu... [More]