Justice, Law, & Criminology Faculty

Our faculty comprise some of our nation’s foremost experts. They conduct international research and work with policymakers and practitioners to craft solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing security concerns. Through our renowned research centers, their scholarship is shared with the greater Washington community, across the nation, and around the world.


Department Chair

Bill Davies Associate Professor and Department Chair, Justice Law & Criminology 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 historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319


Full-Time Faculty

Lynn Addington Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

<p>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

  adding@american.edu

  (202) 885-2902

Tricia Bacon Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

<p>Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She directs the Policy Anti-Terrorism Hub at American University. She is the author of Why Terr

  bacon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6556

Julie Baldwin Research Professor SPA - School of Public Affairs

Julie Marie Baldwin, PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University. She specializes in translational and evaluation research with a focus on c

  jbaldwin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3834

Chana Barron Asst Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

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

  barron@american.edu

  (202) 885-2315

Brad Bartholomew Sr 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 lo

  bartholo@american.edu

  (202) 885-2367

Richard Bennett Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Bennett's research interests include comparative criminology and criminal justice as well as police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-nationa

  bennett@american.edu

  (202) 885-2956

Kevin Boyle Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Kevin Boyle has been teaching in the  Justice, Law, and Criminology Department since 2016. Mr. Boyle is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his 26 year career h

  boyle@american.edu

TaLisa Carter Asst Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

TaLisa J. Carter, Ph.D. is a native of Long Island, New York, dedicated to understanding the interactions of deviance, social organizations, and race. Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Depar

  carter@american.edu

  (202) 885-3021

Alexander Clayton Academic Counselor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Alex Clayton is an Academic Counselor, Instructor, and PhD candidate in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. His research focuses on the nexus of law and civil conflict, specifically how

  aclayton@american.edu

  (202) 885-6456

Suat Cubukcu Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Suat Cubukcu, Ph.D., is a Professorial Lecturer in Justice, Law, and Criminology Department at American University, specializing in the area of terrorism and methodological issues in terrorism researc

  suat@american.edu

Bill Davies Associate Professor and Department Chair, Justice Law & Criminology 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 historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

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

  ddreisb@american.edu

  (202) 885-2380

Michelle Engert Senior Scholar in Residence SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Michelle Engert joined JLC as a full-time faculty member of JLC after a diverse career as a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with the New Mex

  engert@american.edu

David Fagelson Assoc 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.<br /><br /> He has publis

  dfagel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2397

Claire Griggs Sr Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Claire Griggs is a faculty member in the <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/jlc/">Department of Justice, Law and Criminology</a> in the School of Public Affairs. Professor Gri

  cgriggs@american.edu

  (202) 885-6684

Jennifer Gumbrewicz Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jennifer Gumbrewicz is currently the Director, M.S. in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. She is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practi

  gumbrewi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2290

Brian Hughes Research Asst Professor Provost, Office of the

Brian Hughes is a Research Assistant Professor in the program of Justice, Law, and Criminology. He is also the co-founder and Associate Director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovati

  bhughes@american.edu

Janice Iwama Asst Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Iwama’s research primarily focuses on examining local conditions and social processes that influence hate crimes and racial profiling, particularly against Latino and immigrant populations.

  iwama@american.edu

  (202) 885-3004

Lallen T. Johnson Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Lallen T. Johnson is a social scientist that studies how crime and justice outcomes vary across urban space. He is particularly concerned with how social structural and institutional processes facilit

  johnsonl@american.edu

  (202) 885-6551

Robert Johnson Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Robert Johnson is a professor of justice, law and criminology at American University, editor and publisher of BleakHouse Publishing, and an award-winning author of books and articles on crime and puni

  robertjohnson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2951

Kareem Jordan Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Kareem L. Jordan is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Public Affairs and Associate Professor in the <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/jlc/">Department of

  jordan@american.edu

  (202) 885-1866

Douglas Klusmeyer Assoc 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

  dklusm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2995

David Malet Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

David Malet teaches <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/jlc/">Justice, Law and Criminology</a> at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Previously he served as d

  malet@american.edu

Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education SPA - School of Public Affairs

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for Unive

  (202) 885-3740

Sasha O'Connell Executive in Residence & Director, THSP MS Program SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is an Executive in Residence in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs (SPA), American University where she currently teaches cyber polic

  sashaoc@american.edu

Jane Palmer Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

<p>Dr. Jane Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University in Washington DC. She is the founding director of the <a href="/le

  jpalmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

Jessica Waters Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services Provost, Office of the

<p>Jessica Waters is the Dean 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

  waters@american.edu

  (202) 885-2301

Joseph Young Professor SIS - School of International Service

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 poli

  jyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2618

Thomas Zeitzoff Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

<a href="https://www.zeitzoff.com/" target="blank">Thomas Zeitzoff</a> (NYU PhD, 2013) is an associate professor in the Schoolof Public Affairs at American University.

  zeitzoff@american.edu


Emeriti Faculty

Brian Forst Prof Emeritus

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 Soc

Deirdre Golash Associate Prof 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

  dgolash@american.edu

  (202) 885-2955

Ronald Weiner Prof 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.

  rweiner@cfapc.org


Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Artero Adjunct Professorial Lect

Andrea Artero is a law enforcement professional and an Adjunct Faculty member teaching the Intelligence Analysis class for the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at the American University in

  artero@american.edu

Alexander Clayton Academic Counselor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Alex Clayton is an Academic Counselor, Instructor, and PhD candidate in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. His research focuses on the nexus of law and civil conflict, specifically how

  aclayton@american.edu

  (202) 885-6456

Matthew Collinson Adjunct Instructor SPA - School of Public Affairs

Matt Collinson serves as an adjunct professor in the department of Justice Law and Criminology, teaching classes related to the interactions of systems of justice, and the role of race relations in cr

  mcollins@american.edu

Jonathan Crock Adjunct Instructor

Jonathan Crock (pronouns: he, him, his) researches the human right to democratic decision-making, focusing on new legal developments in rights of direct political democracy, environmental democracy, e

  crock@american.edu

Jason Fritz Adjunct Instructor

Jason Fritz, Ph.D., is a researcher and consultant on peacebuilding, fragile and conflict states, the intersection of security and development, the politics of policing, and political violence. Prior

  jf4949a@american.edu

Bev-Freda Jackson Adjunct Professorial Lect

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

  bjackson@american.edu

Steven Jansen Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mr. Steven Jansen is the Director of Prosecutors against Gun Violence (PAGV). PAGV is a non-partisan membership advancing prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of g

  sjansen@american.edu

Jayme Johnson Adjunct Instructor

Jayme Johnson was a police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service for ten years. He focused on community policing, public order, and the investigation of domestic violence and sexual offe

  jayme@american.edu

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 d

  lkaplan@american.edu

Trace Lasley Adjunct Professorial Lect

Dr. Trace Lasley is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology in American University’s School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on illicit organization behavior

  trace.lasley@american.edu

Aaron Lucas Adjunct Professorial Lect

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

  lucas@american.edu

Patricia Mitchell Adjunct Professorial Lect

Judge Patti Mitchell is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland bench. She is an AU alumna (SPA ’76) and has been an adjunct <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/jlc/">Justice, La

  pmitche@american.edu

Anthony Musa Adjunct Instructor

Anthony Musa (pronouns: he, him, his) researches counterterrorism, illicit finance, cryptocurrency, and international human rights issues related to LGBTQ+ people.  At present, Musa works for the Offi

  musa@american.edu

Matthew Pascocello Adjunct Professor WCL - Development and Alumni Relations

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 Alumni Professional Developme

  mpasco@american.edu

  (202) 274-4092

Rainey Ransom Adjunct Assoc Prof

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

  rransom@american.edu

Beatrix Siman-Zakhari Assistant Prof 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

  bsiman@american.edu

Carley Weted Adjunct Instructor

Carley Weted is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include investigations of environmental factors with effects on

  cw3677a@american.edu

Zuberi Williams Adjunct Professorial Lect

Zuberi Bakari Williams is an associate judge of the District Court of Maryland, District VI - Montgomery County. He was appointed by former Governor Martin O'Malley in December 2014. He was later

  zwilliam@american.edu