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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

The Department of Justice, Law and Criminology (JLC) boasts one of the oldest and most distinctive programs of its kind nationwide. The department’s faculty include leading scholars in their fields and represent a wide variety of disciplines, including law, criminology, criminal justice, philosophy, sociology, and history. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for an interdisciplinary department committed to conducting cutting-edge research on a broad range of justice-related issues and preparing students to think critically about these issues.

Full-Time Faculty

  1. Lynn Addington, Associate Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Addington’s research interests include the nature of violent crime and its impact on victims, measurement of crime, and utilization of U.S. crime statistics. In addition to her work at AU, she served as a Visiting Fellow at the Bureau of Ju… More

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    (202) 885-2902

  2. Tricia Bacon, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She earned her PhD at Georgetown University in 2013. Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over ten ye… More

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    (202) 885-6556

  3. Chana Barron, Assistant Professor

    SPA - JLC

    A lawyer and social scientist, Prof. Barron received her Master’s degree from the Department Of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. She practiced criminal law as both defense counsel and prosecutor. Her Ph. D. studies focused on Crim… More

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    (202) 885-2315

  4. Brad Bartholomew, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Bartholomew received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 2012. His research focuses on issues related to the causes and consequences of terrorism and the impacts of state and local counterterrorism policy. In particular, his re… More

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    (202) 885-2367

  5. Richard Bennett, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Bennett's research interests include comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, and police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-national crime, policing and comparative police systems. H… More

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    (202) 885-2956

  6. Billy Davies, Associate Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historical perspective. Dr. Davies has traveled extensively… More

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    (202) 885-2319

  7. Daniel Dreisbach, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law an… More

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    (202) 885-2380

  8. Michelle Engert, Scholar in Residence

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Michelle Engert has joined the faculty of Justice, Law, and Criminology after a diverse career as both a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with the New Mexico Public Defender Department in San… More

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  9. David Fagelson, Associate Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Fagelson's research interests include ethical issues in law, politics and international relations as well as jurisprudence and and political theory. He has published one book on the nature of justice in an interpretive theory of law and … More

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    (202) 885-2397

  10. Brian Forst, Professor

    SPA - JLC

    Brian Forst joined the American University faculty in 1992, following three years on the George Washington University faculty. Before that, he was director of research at the Institute for Law and Social Research (1977-85) and the Police Foundation (… More

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    (202) 885-6270

  11. Kathleen Frey, Instructor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Katie Frey is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Maryland College Park. Her dissertation is on the effects of prison versus jail on recidivism using advance quantitative methods. Other research interests include prison programming, alte… More

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  12. Jon Gould, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    A lawyer and social scientist, Professor Gould combines empirical research with policy advocacy to advance government reform and administration. His work focuses on civil rights and liberties, justice policy, and legal change, helping to make academi… More

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    (202) 885-6535

  13. Claire Griggs, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Claire Griggs is a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. Professor Griggs serves as the Faculty Advisor to the SPA Leadership Program. Prior to joining the faculty in SPA, she worked for the… More

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    (202) 885-6684

  14. Jennifer Gumbrewicz, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - JLC

    Jennifer Gumbrewicz is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practice, research and communications. A graduate of AU’s School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law, she also received her… More

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    (202) 885-6386

  15. Mary Eschelbach Hansen, Associate Professor

    CAS - Economics

    Mary Eschelbach Hansen is widely published in the fields of child welfare policy and economic history. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Institu… More

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    (202) 885-3793

  16. Robert Johnson, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Johnson's areas of expertise include the prison and other institutions of punishment and confinement, the death penalty, institutional violence, and race and justice in America. He has published extensively in these areas. He has testified … More

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    (202) 885-2951

  17. Douglas Klusmeyer, Associate Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University. I have both a PhD in modern European history and a JD in law from Stanford University. My approach to issues of law and policy reflects this inter-disciplinary ba… More

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    (202) 885-2995

  18. Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor

    CAS - History

    Allan J. Lichtman received his PhD from Harvard University in 1973 with a specialty in modern American history and quantitative methods. He became an Assistant Professor of History at American University in 1973 and a Full Professor in 1980. He was t… More

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    (202) 885-2411

  19. Edward Maguire, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Ed Maguire is a Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University. He has held previous positions at George Mason University, the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United Nations. Professor… More

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    (202) 885-2769

  20. Joanne Savage, Associate Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Savage is interested in a variety of topics related to the causes of violent crime, including developmental issues such as parental attachment and warmth, academic achievement, and abuse, and “ecological” factors such as poverty, inequality… More

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    (202) 885-2974

  21. Renee Souris, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    Renee Nicole Souris, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Justice, Law and Society with a second field in Political Theory from AU's School of Public Affairs in May 2014. Broadly speaking, her research examines the relation between moral development and m… More

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    (202) 885-6551

  22. Jessica Waters, Associate Dean, School of Public Affairs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Jessica Waters is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in American University’s School of Public Affairs and is also a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology and an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College … More

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    (202) 885-2427

  23. Joseph Young, Associate Professor and Department Chair, JLC

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and internation… More

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    (202) 885-2618

  24. Thomas Zeitzoff, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Thomas Zeitzoff is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2013, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research e… More

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Emeriti Faculty

  1. Deirdre Golash, Associate Professor Emerita

    Professor Golash's research interests center on the philosophy of law, particularly the moral justification of criminal punishment. She is the author of The Case Against Punishment (NYU Press 2005) and editor of Freedom of Expression in a Diverse Wor… More

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    (202) 885-2955

  2. Ronald Weiner, Professor Emeritus

    Professor Ronald Weiner has taught at AU since 1972. He is an expert on violent sex offenders and is regularly called as an expert witness by both prosecutors and defense attorneys across the country. He is currently the executive director of Clinica… More

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Adjunct Faculty

  1. Andrew Borene, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Society

    Andrew Borene is an executive with IBM who leads strategy and business development for US federal agencies to use IBM i2 for big data analysis in intelligence, defense, law enforcement, cybersecurity and combating fraud. Previously he was a Counselo… More

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  1. Yvette Bourcicot, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Yvette Bourcicot is the Senior Advisor for Atrocity Prevention and Response in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs. In that capacity, she provides policy advice to the Atrocities Prevention B… More

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  1. Victor Brito, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  2. Leandra Carrasco, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Leandra Carrasco is a doctoral student in the department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Before pursuing her PhD, Leandra worked in community outreach and development and then trained as a lawyer at the University of the District of Columbia's Scho… More

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  3. John Firman, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    John R. Firman is the Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Alexandria, Virginia (1994-present). IACP is the world’s oldest and largest police leadership organization. Founded in 1893, IACP c… More

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  4. Gregory Hunt, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Society

    Gregory A. Hunt, a member of the adjunct faculty of the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, works in the conduct and development of research and training programs in the field of community corrections. During his 20 year tenure as a US Probat… More

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    (202) 885-8887

  5. Bev-Freda Jackson, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Bev-Freda holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English with a minor in African American studies from Gettysburg College. She is an alum of American University’s Department of Government holding a Masters in Political Science. Bev-Fred… More

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  6. Lester Kaplan, Adjunct Professor


    Les Kaplan is a clinical supervisor and consultant in the treatment of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. He currently maintains a practice in psychotherapy concentrating on anxiety and mood disorders. He has extensive experience in the admi… More

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  7. Bruce Kimble, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Professor Kimble’s interests include comparative legal practice, judicial decision making, legal reasoning, and principles of local government law. He has been a practicing lawyer for 39 years with private law firms and local governments. He is a mem… More

  8. Trace Lasley, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  9. Aaron Lucas, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Aaron J. Lucas, III started his criminal justice career in the federal probation system at the Washington, D.C., United States District Court probation office in 1973. During the first 17 years in the criminal justice system, he worked in federal pro… More

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  10. Douglas Major-Ryan, Adjunct Instructor

  11. Patricia Mitchell, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Judge Patti Mitchell is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland bench. She is an AU alumna (SPA ’76) and has been an adjunct JLC professor for over ten years. In her more than thirteen years as a sitting judge, Judge Mitchell has heard criminal, … More

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  12. Peter Morgan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Peter Morgan is a former full-time law professor who is currently a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Blank Rome LLP. For more than 15 years, he served as the general counsel to one of Washington's largest law firms. He has published a numbe… More

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  13. Matthew Pascocello, Adjunct Professor

    WCL - Career and Prof Devel

    Matthew Pascocello is an Adjunct Professor at both American University’s School of Public Affairs and at the Washington College of Law, where he serves as the Director of Career Development & Alumni Counseling in the Office of Career & Professional D… More

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    (202) 274-4092

  14. Frank Rangoussis, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Frank Rangoussis has been an adjunct professor with Justice, Law, and Criminology since 1998. Mr. Rangoussis is currently an attorney with the Office of Intelligence, within the Justice Department’s National Security Division, where seeks electronic … More

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  15. Rainey Ransom, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Rainey Ransom has been an Adjunct Professor at American University within the Department of Justice, Law and Society since 1991. Dr. Ransom was a full-time professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University for one year, b… More

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  16. Karen Telis, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Professor Telis, an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, has taught law related courses in JLS since 2008, including Introduction to Law, Western Legal Traditions (a course she helped found and develop) and Rule of Law and Due Process, at both the graduate… More

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  17. Paul Walker, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  18. Karen Wheeless, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer