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Mahesh Nalla, PhD


PhD, University at Albany, SUNY
MA, University at Albany, SUNY
MA, Andhra University, India
BCom, Andhra University, India


Mahesh Nalla is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in East Lansing, USA.  His current research projects are centered in two areas: (a) civil society, security, legitimacy and trust in public and private police, and (b) gendered spaces & victimization, and domestic violence in emerging democracies.  One of his multi-nation projects on firearm-related violence for the United Nations resulted in forming the cornerstone of the draft (UN ECOSOC) International Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials, as a supplement to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. He spearheaded the development and introduction of the first full-time online MS in Criminal Justice in 1998, for which he received an Award for Excellence – Creative Program Credit-Award in 1999 presented to Michigan State University by the University Continuing Education Association Region IV.   He served in various administrative roles for the School including Interim Director and Director of Graduate Studies.  He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, which is the official journal of the American Society of Criminology’s International Division.


Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces: Examining Gender Differences in Perceived Seriousness and Victimization

Year: Advance online Authors: Madan, M. and Nalla, M.K. Journal: International Criminal Justice Review

Assessing police-community relationships: Is there a gap in perceptions between police officers and residents?

Year: Advance online Authors: Nalla, M.K., Meško, G. Modic, M Journal: Policing and Society

What Shapes Security Guards’ Trust in Police? The Role of Perceived Obligation to Obey, Procedural Fairness, Distributive Justice, and Legal Cynicism

Year: 2016 Authors: Nalla, Mahesh K., and Meško, Gorazd Journal: Journal of Criminal Investigation and Criminology

The Relationship Between Receiving Phishing Attempt and Identity Theft Victimization in South Korea

Year: 2015 Authors: Paek, S. Y. & Nalla, M. K. Journal: International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice

Citizen Confidence in Private Security Guards in Portugal

Year: 2015 Authors: Moreira, S. R., Cardoso, C. S., & Nalla, M. K. Journal: European Journal of Criminology