Faculty Areas of Expertise

You can view a complete list of our core Faculty and their areas of expertise below or by visiting our Faculty page. For descriptions of our major research areas and specific projects, please scroll to the bottom of this faculty list.

Kate Auerhahn - Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, University of California, Riverside

Economics and Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis, Inequality and Social Control, Simulation Modeling, Incarceration, Drug Policy, Adjudication and Sentencing

Steven Belenko - Professor

PhD, Experimental Psychology, Columbia University

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prisons, HIV Risks and Service Needs, Criminal Justice and Public Health, Implementation Science, Organizational Change, Research Methods and Evaluation

Jamie Fader - Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Youth Justice, Life Course/Desistance, Social Inequality, Prisoner Reentry, Urban Crime, Qualitative Research Methods

Jason Gravel - Assistant Professor

PhD, Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

Social Network Analysis, Gun Violence and Policies, Street Gangs, Co-offending, Police Officer Networks, Data Science, Crime Prevention, Media and Crime

Elizabeth Groff - Professor

PhD, Geography, University of Maryland

Crime and Place, Modeling Geographical Influences on Human Activity, Agent-Based Modeling, Crime Prevention, Technology in Policing

Matt Hiller - Associate Professor

PhD, Psychology, Texas Christian University

Substance Abuse Treatment, HIV/AIDS, Drug Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Probation, Implementation Science, Prison, Parole, Motivation, Program Evaluation, Policy, Mental Health Treatment Court

Peter Jones - Professor

PhD, Geography, Aberystwyth University

Juvenile Justice, Community Based Corrections, Risk Modeling, Research Methods, Evaluation

Melissa E. Noel - Assistant Professor

PhD, Criminal Justice, University at Albany

Incarceration and Family Dynamics, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Emerging Adulthood, Prisoner Reentry

Jerry Ratcliffe - Professor

PhD, Geography, University of Nottingham

Evidence-Based Policing, Spatial Criminology, Criminal Intelligence, Crime and Place

Aunshul Rege - Associate Professor

PhD, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Cybercrime, Critical Infrastructure and National Security, Privacy and Surveillance, Organized Crime, Corporate/White-Collar Crime, Integrated Methods, Experiential Learning, Cybersecurity Education

Caterina Roman - Professor

PhD, Sociology, American University

Gun Violence, Gangs, Fear of Crime, Victimization, Neighborhood Social Capital, Social Network Analysis, Prisoner Reentry, Program Evaluation

Cathy Rosen - Associate Professor

JD, LLM, Law, Temple University

Procedural and Substantive Criminal Law, Legal and CJ Policy Reform, Progressive Prosecution, Legal History, Historical Criminology

Luis C. Torres - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Courts, Pre-trial, Mixed Methods

E. Rely Vîlcică - Associate Professor

PhD, Criminal Justice, Temple University

Courts and Corrections, Justice Decision Making, Criminal Processing, Adjudication and Punishment, Policy Analysis, Comparative Criminal Justice

Jeffrey T. Ward - Associate Professor

PhD, Criminology, Law & Society, University of Florida

Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Measurement, Quantitative Methods

Wayne Welsh - Professor

PhD, Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

Violence, Corrections, Substance Abuse Treatment, Organizational Change, Implementation Science

Steven Windisch - Assistant Professor

PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Violence, Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Domestic Terrorism, Prison and Street Gangs, Juvenile Delinquency, Qualitative Research Methods

Jennifer Wood - Professor and Department Chair

PhD, Criminology, University of Toronto

Policing, Public Health, Qualitative Research

Alese Wooditch - Associate Professor

PhD, Criminology, Law & Society, George Mason University

Crime and Place, Risk-Needs-Responsivity, Human Trafficking, Experimental and Computational Criminology, Quantitative Methods

Amarat Zaatut - Assistant Professor

PhD, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Immigration and Crime, Race/Ethnicity and Crime, Communities and Crime, Cross-Cultural Research, Social Inequalities, Qualitative Research

Instructional Faculty

Elizabeth Adams, Douglas Green, Cheryl Irons, Joanne Metzger, Catresa Meyers, Ryan Sentner, Daniel Silverman, Susan Sullivan, Wendy Thompson, Tara Tripp

Elizabeth Adams, Douglas Green, Cheryl Irons, Joanne Metzger, Catresa Meyers, Ryan Sentner, Daniel Silverman, Susan Sullivan, Wendy Thompson, Tara Tripp

Emeritus Faculty

Phil Harris, George Rengert, Ralph B. Taylor

Phil Harris, George Rengert, Ralph B. Taylor

Areas of Research and Projects

Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice consists of an eclectic body of scholars committed to deepening our understanding of crime, governance and social justice. We emphasize inter-disciplinary and multi-method inquiries that make a difference to policy and practice. We pursue cutting-edge research and innovation that draws from and extends many strands of social science, including criminology and criminal justice, geography, history, experimental psychology, social psychology, social work, sociology, and social ecology. We explore critical issues in Philadelphia and across the United States in the context of global developments and concerns.

Our major areas of research, and some selected projects, can be found below.

The College of Liberal Arts 2020-21 Community Engagement Efforts

Center for Security and Crime Science

The Center for Security and Crime Science (housed in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University) is the first center in the United States devoted to Crime Science. In the 21st Century, thinking about crime has expanded in scope to move beyond domestic concerns and security has become more broadly construed as dealing with issues of public safety and social harm. Crime is now the business of private as well as public agencies, formal as well as informal entities, all seeking to address multiple levels of security concerns.

The following list contains the centers’ full projects, research and results: