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 & Criminology

Dr. Davies is a historian of the European Union's constitutional and legal system. Dr. Davies teaches courses such as JLC-110 Western Legal Traditions and JLC-411 Great Trials in Legal History.

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319


Full-Time Faculty

Lynn Addington Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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. Her current work focuses on i

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  (202) 885-2902

Tricia Bacon Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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 Terror in Tran

  bacon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6556

Julie Marie Baldwin Research Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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 court

  jbaldwin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3834

Chana Barron Assistant Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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 Senior Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & 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

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  (202) 885-2367

Richard Bennett Prof Emeritus

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-national cr

Kevin Boyle Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & 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 he

  boyle@american.edu

TaLisa Carter Assistant Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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

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

Dr. Davies is a historian of the European Union's constitutional and legal system. Dr. Davies teaches courses such as JLC-110 Western Legal Traditions and JLC-411 Great Trials in Legal History.

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Daniel Dreisbach Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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 & 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

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Jason Fabrikant Senior Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Fabrikant is a faculty member in the American University, School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology (JLC). Prof. Fabrikant is also serving as the Interim Director of

  fabrikan@american.edu

  (202) 885-3397

David Fagelson Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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

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  (202) 885-2397

Brian Hughes Research Assistant Professor SPA | PERIL Institute

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 Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Dr. Janice Iwama is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Nort

  iwama@american.edu

  (202) 885-3004

Lallen Johnson Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Johnson explores how processes of urban gentrification influence social control. He is specifically interested in the ways by which neighborhood upscaling amplifies the risk of police contac

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  (202) 885-6551

Robert Johnson Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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

Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a sociologist and professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extrem

  (202) 885-3740

Sasha O'Connell Executive in Residence & Director, THSP MS Program SPA | Justice, Law & 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 policy at

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Suleyman Ozeren Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Dr. Ozeren's areas of expertise are political violence, terrorism, cybercrime and online radicalization, disinformation, conflict resolution, the Kurdish issue, and Turkish foreign policy. He has work

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Jane Palmer Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is an Associate Professor with a primary focus on community-based participatory research, help-seeking, and anti-carceral responses to gender-based violence.

She was recently

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  (202) 885-3118

Jessica Waters Assistant Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Jessica L. Waters, J.D., has 25 years of experience as a lawyer, scholar, teacher, and higher education executive. She is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of higher education leadership, s

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  (202) 885-6300

Joe Young Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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 politica

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  (202) 885-2618

Thomas Zeitzoff Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Thomas Zeitzoff (NYU PhD, 2013) is an associate professor in the Schoolof Public Affairs at American University. He was previously a postdoctoral

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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) an

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  (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

Ajay Bhatt Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Online Partner Programs (OPM)

Ajay Bhatt is a Senior Attorney with the Human Rights Law Division, part of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, from 2001-20

James Burrell Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Public Administration

Dr. James Burrell is an accomplished leader with distinguished service as a senior federal government executive, corporate c-level executive, and academic/research professional. His leadership experie

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Travis Carlisle Adjunct Instructor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Travis Carlisle is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs (SPA), American University and currently teaches Intelligence Analysis at the graduat

  carlisle@american.edu

Matthew Collinson Adjunct Instructor SPA | Other Operations and Administration

Matt Collinson is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs’ department of Justice Law and Criminology, where he teaches an undergraduate class on the history and purpose of the legal syste

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  (202) 885-6454

Clarence Crawford Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Public Administration

Clarence Crawford is founder and president of the Teach ‘em to Fish. The God-given value proposition for the ministry is to establish a business incubator that helps deserving people get a fresh st

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  (202) 885-2357

Jonathan Crock Professorial Lecturer SIS | Peace, Human Rights & Cultural Relations

Jonathan Crock (pronouns: he, him, his) is an expert in democracy and human rights law. He researches the human right to democratic decision-making, including new developments in rights of direct poli

  crock@american.edu

Suat Cubukcu Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Online Partner Programs (OPM)

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

Edie Fortuna Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

J. Edie Fortuna is a career public defender in Maryland. She worked as a trial lawyer in Baltimore City for 11 years, then in Southern Maryland for 6. She has had well over 100 jury trials, defending

  efortuna@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

Jennifer Gumbrewicz Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Finance & Personnel Administration

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

  jgumbrew@american.edu

  (202) 885-2290

Bev-Freda Jackson Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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

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 offenses

  jayme@american.edu

Trace Lasley Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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

Charlotte Lopez-Jauffret Adjunct Instructor

Charlotte Lopez-Jauffret is pursuing a doctoral degree in Justice, Law & Criminology from American University. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Colorado

  cl5929a@american.edu

Aaron Lucas Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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

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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 Offic

  musa@american.edu

Matthew Pascocello Adjunct Professorial Lecturer WCL | Development/Advancement

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

Sanja Pesek Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

PhD in political science, with over eight years in teaching (at the Central European University, Georgetown University and American University) transitional justice, violence and law, law and society,

  sanjap@american.edu

Kiran Raj Adjunct Instructor KSB | General Academics & Research

Kiran Raj is a senior executive in a financial technology company that operates in the blockchain space.
Prior to working in the fintech space, Kiran worked in private legal practice as a partne

  raj@american.edu

Divya Ramjee Adjunct Instructor

Divya Ramjee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and Ne

  dr1208a@american.edu

Rainey Ransom Adjunct Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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

  (202) 885-6300

Rick Russell Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | General Academics & Research

Russell is Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the American University's School of Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on terrorism and American national security policy. He also has an appointment

  russell@american.edu

Rhea Siers Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Ms. Rhea Siers combines her operational, legal and policy experience from over thirty years in the US Intelligence Community and the private sector to bring a multifaceted approach to intelligence and

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Michael Sullivan Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Finance & Personnel Administration

Michael Sullivan is an attorney and international relations professional with extensive experience working in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Thailand. As an academic, Sulliva

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Jorhena Thomas Adjunct Professorial Lect

Jorhena Thomas has dedicated her career to finding meaningful ways to improve, enhance, and transform security efforts at all levels. She has extensive experience in intelligence analysis and investig

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Gabe Whitbread Adjunct Instructor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Dr. Whitbread is an adjunct instructor, teaching courses in the department of Government and the department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her primary research interests are comparative punishment p

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Zuberi Williams Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

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 con

  zwilliam@american.edu