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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

Lynn Addington

Lynn Addington

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Associate Professor

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 continues to serve as a Visiting Fellow at the ... [More]

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202-885-2902
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon

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Professorial Lecturer

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is a Professorial Lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She earned her PhD at Georgetown University in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Daniel Byman, Dr. Bruce Hoffman, and Dr. Robert Lieber. Prior to her emp... [More]

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202-885-6556
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Chana Barron

Chana Barron

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Assistant Professor

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
SPA - JLC


Brad Bartholomew

Brad Bartholomew

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Professorial Lecturer

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

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Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Gabrielle Clark

Gabrielle Clark

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Professorial Lecturer

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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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202-885-2874
SPA - JPO/JLC


Billy Davies

Billy Davies

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Assistant Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Daniel Dreisbach

Daniel Dreisbach

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Professor

Professor Dreisbach's principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has written extensively on these topics. He has authored or edited five books ... [More]

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202-885-2380
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


David Fagelson

David Fagelson

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Associate Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Brian Forst

Brian Forst

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Professor

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
SPA - JLC


Jon Gould

Jon Gould

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Professor

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
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Claire Griggs

Claire Griggs

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Professorial Lecturer

Claire Griggs is a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the faculty in SPA, she worked for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the Washington College of... [More]

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202-885-6684
SPA - JLC


Jennifer Gumbrewicz

Jennifer Gumbrewicz

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Professorial Lecturer

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
SPA - JLC


Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Mary Eschelbach Hansen

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Economics


Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

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Professor

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
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Douglas Klusmeyer

Douglas Klusmeyer

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Associate Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Kathryn Kozey

Kathryn Kozey

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Instructor

Kathryn (Katie) received her MA and is completing her PhD in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. She received her BA in Psychology from Brown University in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation examines the effects of gentrifica... [More]

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202-885-2977
SPA - JLC


Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman

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Distinguished Professor

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
CAS - History


Edward Maguire

Edward Maguire

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Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Margaret Marr

Margaret Marr

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Assistant Professor

Professor Marr, an Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Criminology, was named Director of the SPA Leadership Program in April 2008. The Leadership Program is a four-year certificate Program established in 1990 to give students the knowledge, skil... [More]

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202-885-2308
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Joanne Savage

Joanne Savage

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Associate Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Renee Souris

Renee Souris

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Professorial Lecturer

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
SPA - Government


Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters

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Associate Dean, School of Public Affairs

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
SPA - Dean's Office


Joseph Young

Joseph Young

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Associate Professor

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
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Thomas Zeitzoff

Thomas Zeitzoff

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Assistant Professor

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

Deirdre Golash

Deirdre Golash

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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


Ronald Weiner

Ronald Weiner

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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]



Adjunct Faculty

Andrew Borene

Andrew Borene

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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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Yvette Bourcicot

Yvette Bourcicot

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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]



Victor Brito

Victor Brito

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



John Firman

John Firman

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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]



Gregory Hunt

Gregory Hunt

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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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202-885-2948
SPA - Justice, Law and Society


Bev-Freda Jackson

Bev-Freda Jackson

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Lester Kaplan

Lester Kaplan

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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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SPA - JPO/JLC


Bruce Kimble

Bruce Kimble

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Professor Kimble’s interests include comparative legal practice, judicial decision making, and principles of local government law. He has been a practicing lawyer for 34 years with private law firms and local governments. He is a member of the Suprem... [More]



Trace Lasley

Trace Lasley

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Aaron Lucas

Aaron Lucas

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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]



Douglas Major-Ryan

Douglas Major-Ryan

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Adjunct Instructor



Patricia Mitchell

Patricia Mitchell

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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]



Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Peter Morgan is a former full-time law professor who currently serves as General Counsel at the Washington DC law firm of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where he also co-chairs the firm's Complex Dispute Resolution Group. His practice has involved litigation... [More]



Matthew Pascocello

Matthew Pascocello

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Director of Career Development & Alumni Counseling

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
WCL - Career and Prof Devel


Frank Rangoussis

Frank Rangoussis

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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]



Rainey Ransom

Rainey Ransom

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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]



Karen Telis

Karen Telis

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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]



Paul Walker

Paul Walker

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Karen Wheeless

Karen Wheeless

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer