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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

    Lynn Addington, 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

    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 in International Relations at Georgetown University. Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterror… More

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    (202) 885-6556

  3. Chana Barron

    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

    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

    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

    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. Brendan Dooley

    Brendan Dooley, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Dooley is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research focuses on the status and development of criminology as a science. The primary means in which the evolution has been chronicled is through the Oral History Criminolog… More

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  8. Daniel Dreisbach

    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

  9. Michelle Engert

    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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  10. David Fagelson

    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

  11. Brian Forst

    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

  12. Kathleen Frey

    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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  13. Jon Gould

    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

  14. Claire Griggs

    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 and the Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) Scholars Program.… More

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    (202) 885-6684

  15. Robert Johnson

    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

  16. Douglas Klusmeyer

    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

  17. Renee Souris

    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

  18. Jessica Waters

    Jessica Waters, Assistant Professor

    Provost, Office of the

    Jessica Waters is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights law. Her … More

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    (202) 885-2301

  19. Joseph Young

    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

  20. Thomas Zeitzoff

    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

    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

    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. Sydney Bender

    Sydney Bender, Adjunct Instructor

    Sydney Bender is a PhD student in the department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. Her primary research interests include variation in gender-based violence, the use and consequences of wartime sexual violence, and crime and ju… More

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  2. Victor Brito

    Victor Brito, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  3. Suat Cubukcu

    Suat Cubukcu

    Suat Cubukcu is a PhD candidate in Justice, Law, and Criminology with a minor in Public Policy. His research revolves around reporting of terrorism, understanding of political violence, and policy evaluation. He has six years of public sector experie… More

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  4. Christiaan De Waal

    Christiaan De Waal, Adjunct Instructor

    - Investigator-in-Charge/Director of Investigations

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  5. John Firman

    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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  6. Gregory Hunt

    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

  7. Bev-Freda Jackson

    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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  8. Lester Kaplan

    Lester Kaplan, Adjunct Professor

    SPA - JPO/JLC

    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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  9. Trace Lasley

    Trace Lasley, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  10. Aaron Lucas

    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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    Peter Maida, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  12. Douglas Major-Ryan

    Douglas Major-Ryan, Adjunct Instructor

  13. Matthew Pascocello

    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. Rainey Ransom

    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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    Ira Schoen, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Mr. Ira H. Schoen is a long-time proponent of pro-active policing. He is currently a registered Private Investigator in Virginia and a security consultant. Prior to these pursuits, Mr. Schoen was a Federal Risk Manager and sworn officer who worked … More

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  16. Beatrix Siman-Zakhari

    Beatrix Siman-Zakhari, Assistant Professor Emerita

    Dr. Beatrix Siman Zakhari has taught the Justice Program in Washington Semester for the past 21 years. She has also created a Law Enforcement Program within the Washington Semester and has taught the Justice Internship for several summers.Furthermore… More

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  17. Paul Walker

    Paul Walker, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer