Criminology and Justice Studies

About the Department

In what ways did the War on Drugs of the 1980s and 1990s impact urban communities in terms of street-corner dealing, violence, and overall health? What about national incarceration rates, and racial disparities in the adjudication process? How far will the War on Terrorism push the legal boundaries of government surveillance and the monitoring of electronic communications, and what will be the impacts of such forces? In what ways are “big data” being used (now and in the future) by justice, intelligence, or private organizations to identify social networks, conduct risk assessments, and make decisions about crime policy and resource deployment? Finally, what are the intersections among public health, community violence, criminal justice interventions, and housing and education policy?

Drexel University's degree programs in Criminology and Justice Studies offer a rich educational experience that emphasizes justice and criminological theory, the use of analytical tools and data to answer big questions about crime and justice while teaching students how to translate conceptual knowledge into state of the art practice. Along the way, the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies offers global educational opportunities with two courses taught abroad, a set of community-based courses that take students beyond the classroom to practice the learning process, as well as an urban educational experience in one of the premier cities in the country. With its three thematic concentrations -- Criminal Justice, Justice Informatics, and Justice Studies -- the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies offers students many pathways through which to explore a curriculum that emphasizes innovative learning opportunities, global and civic engagement, and a culture that fosters student successes and well being.

Please click the links below to explore the degree concentrations in Criminology and Justice Studies. 

Degree Concentrations

Criminology and Justice Studies Faculty

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system, criminological theory, policing, transnational crime.
Ashley Dickinson, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Teaching Professor. Corrections; offender rehabilitation; risk management; offender classification; gender and crime.
Jordan Hyatt, PhD, JD (University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University School of Law). Associate Professor. Community corrections; drug treatment; homelessness; probation/parole; re-entry; risk assessment; sentencing.
Shannon Jacobsen, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Gender, crime and victimization, fear of crimes and perceptions of risk, campus crime, public safety, communications and crime, social inequities, mixed methods research
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Department Head. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Kathleen Powell, PhD (Rutgers University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. Collateral consequences of incarceration, juvenile justice, quasi-experimental research design.
Cyndi Rickards, EdD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. On-line pedagogy; service-learning pedagogy; juvenile justice; domestic violence.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information science, policy and ethics, critical discourse analysis and qualitative methodology.
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