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School of Criminal Justice Crosses Town For a Showdown

School of Criminal Justice Crosses Town For a Showdown

September 5, 2019

The School of Criminal Justice attended the annual Crosstown Showdown between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartan Baseball Team.

Dr. Zeoli Partaking in Congressional Briefing

Dr. Zeoli Partaking in Congressional Briefing

September 3, 2019

Dr. April Zeoli has been asked to present on domestic violence, firearm restrictions, and mass shooters at the 2019 George Mason University Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Congressional Briefing.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Nick Doyle

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Nick Doyle

September 2, 2019

Nick Doyle is a sophomore at Michigan State University, an avid iced coffee lover, horror movie hater, and quadruplet…and yes, all three of his brothers also attend MSU!

MSU and Yale Social Scientists Team Up on $2 Million Grant to Study Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence

MSU and Yale Social Scientists Team Up on $2 Million Grant to Study Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence

August 20, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Social scientist Dr. Christopher Maxwell, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, is collaborating with Dr. Tami Sullivan from the Yale University School of Medicine to better understand the relationship between the use of firearms and intimate partner violence.

Introducing Wally Wojciechowski

Introducing Wally Wojciechowski

August 20, 2019

Wally Wojciechowski is an incoming Assistant Professor with the School of Criminal Justice, who will be teaching introductory Criminal Justice courses.

Introducing Ryan Scrivens

Introducing Ryan Scrivens

August 15, 2019

The School of Criminal Justice would like to welcome Assistant Professor Ryan Scrivens to the School! Dr. Scrivens joins us from Concordia University, where he was a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Christine Kwiatkowski

Graduate Student Spotlight: Christine Kwiatkowski

August 13, 2019

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Christine Kwiatkowski, a dual PhD entering her 5th year. Christine is currently working towards a PhD in Criminal Justice and a PhD in Neuroscience.

Faculty Spotlight Series: Scott Wolfe

Faculty Spotlight Series: Scott Wolfe

July 31, 2019

Dr. Scott Wolfe is an Associate Professor with the School of Criminal Justice whose research interests include policing, organizational justice, legitimacy, and criminological theory (specifically predictors of crime behavior).

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Rachel Striks

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Rachel Striks

July 24, 2019

Rachel Striks is a Senior at Michigan State University studying Criminal Justice with minors in Conservation, Recreation, and Environmental Enforcement and Leadership of Organizations.

Teeing Up "Fore" Scholarships

July 24, 2019

On Friday, 136 golfers braved the heat to tee off in the 37th Annual Tournament of Friendship at Wheatfield Valley Golf Course in Williamston, Michigan.

Dr. Melde Promoted To Full Professor

Dr. Melde Promoted To Full Professor

July 18, 2019

The School of Criminal Justice would like to congratulate Dr. Chris Melde on his recent promotion to Full Professor.

Staff Spotlight Series: Melissa Christle

Staff Spotlight Series: Melissa Christle

July 8, 2019

Melissa Christle is the Graduate Secretary for the School of Criminal Justice, who will be celebrating her 20 year anniversary with the department in October, 2019!

Faculty Spotlight Series: Carole Gibbs

Faculty Spotlight Series: Carole Gibbs

June 24, 2019

Dr. Carole Gibbs is an Associate Professor studying corporate crime and how context shapes decision making and crime from an interdisciplinary lens.

Derrick Franke Facilitates First Ever Taped Victim/Offender Dialogue in Indiana's History

Derrick Franke Facilitates First Ever Taped Victim/Offender Dialogue in Indiana's History

June 21, 2019

Derrick Franke facilitated Indiana's first ever taped victim/offender dialogue as part of CNN's The Redemption Project.

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Young

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Young

June 14, 2019

Dan Young is a passionate professional and inventor, developing philanthropist, and all-around nice guy. He is also an alumni of the School of Criminal Justice, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Circadian Risk, mentor, and movie buff.

Dr. Rojek & Dr. Wolfe Part of Team Commissioned By Phoenix Police

Dr. Rojek & Dr. Wolfe Part of Team Commissioned By Phoenix Police

May 22, 2019

In 2018 the Phoenix Police Department saw a record breaking number of police shootings. Startled by the increase, the Phoenix police chief commissioned a report to try understanding why these shootings were happening.

Robert Peacock receives ACJS award

Robert Peacock receives ACJS award

May 14, 2019

Doctoral graduate Robert Peacock was awarded the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Michael C. Braswell / Routledge Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation at the annual ACJS conference in March 2019.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Natalie Hix

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Natalie Hix

May 3, 2019

Natalie Hix is a senior at Michigan State University dual majoring in Criminal Justice and Middle East Studies who hopes to work in the field of counterterrorism after graduation.

Congratulations 2019 Spring Graduates!

Congratulations 2019 Spring Graduates!

May 3, 2019

The School of Criminal Justice would like to congratulate our Spring 2019 graduates!

Wall of Fame 2019 Inductees

Wall of Fame 2019 Inductees

April 25, 2019

The School of Criminal Justice inducted three more alumni into the Wall of Fame on April 24th, 2019, Marlon Lynch, Thomas Brooks, and Dr. John Smykla.

The Even Darker Side of the Dark Web

The Even Darker Side of the Dark Web

April 22, 2019

Dr. Thomas Holt and Mikaela Wallin recently published their study on the firearms trade on the Dark Web. Little is known about the firearms trade on the Dark Web Photo of Thomas Holt– such little is known that Dr. Tom Holt likened it to a black hole.

McGarrell Receives College Award

McGarrell Receives College Award

April 19, 2019

School of Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Ed McGarrell was announced as the recipient of the College of Social Science Faculty Research Award.

6th Annual Conference on Cybercrime

6th Annual Conference on Cybercrime

April 19, 2019

The 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Cybercrime featured over twenty experts and industry leaders.

CJ Members Race Through Izzo Legacy 5K

CJ Members Race Through Izzo Legacy 5K

April 16, 2019

The first ever Izzo Legacy Run/Walk took place on Saturday April 13th, raising nearly $25,000 for a range of charities including the MSU Student Food Bank and MSU Safe Place in addition to many more.

MSU ACJA Professional Weekend

April 10, 2019

Students from ACJA, one of the School of Criminal Justice's student organizations, hosted a professional weekend trip to Detroit, Michigan.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Hazal Bulut & Casey Guthrie

April 8, 2019

Hazal Bulut & Casey Guthrie, Juniors at Michigan State University, studied abroad in Warsaw, Poland over the Summer of 2018.

Dr. Liebler is an ISS Teaching Excellence Award Finalist

Dr. Liebler is an ISS Teaching Excellence Award Finalist

April 4, 2019

Dr. Liebler was announced as a finalist for an ISS Teaching Excellence Award.

Top 10

March 19, 2019

For the second year in a row, our online master's program in Criminal Justice is ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report!

2019 Career Fair a Success

February 22, 2019

The 2019 Criminal Justice Career Fair was one of our best yet with over 80 agencies looking to hire for multiple open positions in their companies and roughly 330 students in attendance.

Dr. David Carter Interviewed For Oral History of Criminology

Dr. David Carter Interviewed For Oral History of Criminology

February 7, 2019

Dr. David Carter has been interviewed as part of the ongoing Oral History of Criminology project. He is the 2nd professor in MSU's history to have been interviewed.

Rachel Boratto Receives SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

February 5, 2019

Congratulations Rachel Boratto!

Kelly Tebay Returns to MSU

Kelly Tebay Returns to MSU

January 9, 2019

Kelly Tebay, a Criminal Justice alumni, has returned to MSU and is hoping to bring change with her as she starts her role as an incoming Board of Trustee Member.

Deck The Baker Halls

Deck The Baker Halls

December 8, 2018

To celebrate the Holiday season, and in the spirit of friendly competition, the School of Criminal Justice held its first Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

CJ Students Step Up and Give Back

CJ Students Step Up and Give Back

December 7, 2018

A group of Criminal Justice students work up early to volunteer with Shop with a Cop. The event is in its 15th year of operation.

Dr. Morash Wins DPCC Award

Dr. Morash Wins DPCC Award

November 30, 2018

Dr. Morash is the recipient of the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime Lifetime Achievement Award.

Project Safe Neighborhoods International Exchange

Project Safe Neighborhoods International Exchange

November 27, 2018

Heather Perez, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, facilitated an international exchange of Chilean justice system representatives and a team of criminal justice officials and community members in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Chermak: Minutes to Months

Dr. Chermak: Minutes to Months

November 19, 2018

Leading terrorism experts – including Dr. Chermak – from the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom came together to study the impacts of social media after terror events.

U.S. Secret Service Visit a Hit with Student Leaders

U.S. Secret Service Visit a Hit with Student Leaders

November 7, 2018

Seven undergraduate students in the MSU School of Criminal Justice, who serve as student leaders of two of our student organizations, were recently afforded an exciting opportunity to gain insight into the U.S. Secret Service and the important role that they play.

Dr. Nalla wins Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award

Dr. Nalla wins Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award

November 2, 2018

Dr. Mahesh Nalla will be presented with the prestigious Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award at the 2019 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences meeting in March.

Faculty Spotlight Series: Phil Schertzing

Faculty Spotlight Series: Phil Schertzing

October 25, 2018

Phil Schertzing is what some would call a Renaissance Man; having earned multiple degrees in various fields of study, a career that has spanned 41 years, and is an avid historian, volunteer, and word traveler.

Dr. Cobbina Speaks at Congressional Briefing

Dr. Cobbina Speaks at Congressional Briefing

October 19, 2018

The American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Women and Crime (DWC) hosted their first ever Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill with an audience of legislative aides, criminal justice practitioners, federal agency representatives, and faculty and students from local universities in attendance.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Marva Goodson

Graduate Student Spotlight: Marva Goodson

October 12, 2018

Marva Goodson is a fifth year PhD Student in the School of Criminal Justice who was recently named a Ford Foundation Scholar.

Congratulations Maureen Conner!

Congratulations Maureen Conner!

October 8, 2018

The School of Criminal Justice recognizes Professor Maureen Conner for her hard work and dedication to the School of Criminal Justice.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Madeleine Dahm

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Madeleine Dahm

October 5, 2018

Madeleine Dahm is a Junior at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in International Relations and Criminal Justice with a minor in Security Management. Recently, Madeleine received the Gupta Values Scholarship; a Scholarship that is granted to students who “embody the specific values of integrity, dignity, excellence, and creativity.”

Doctoral Students Win Paper Competition

October 5, 2018

The School of Criminal Justice would like to congratulate 3rd year PhD Students Daniel Abad and Matthew Almanza for winning the 2018 Midwestern Criminal Justice Association (MCJA) Student Paper Competition for their paper titled “A Modified Approach to In-School Victimization, Authoritative School Climate, and Student Feelings of Safety.”

Faculty Spotlight Series: Karen Holt

Faculty Spotlight Series: Karen Holt

September 17, 2018

Dr. Holt joined the School of Criminal Justice in 2013 as an Adjunct Professor before being promoted to Assistant Professor in 2016.

School of Criminal Justice Raids Crosstown Showdown

School of Criminal Justice Raids Crosstown Showdown

September 7, 2018

The annual Crosstown Showdown in between the Lansing Lugnuts and MSU Spartans, took place on Tuesday, September 4th, and the School of Criminal Justice was in attendance to cheer for their fellow Spartans.

Introducing Julie Krupa

Introducing Julie Krupa

August 29, 2018

Join us in welcoming the newest addition to the Criminal Justice team – Post Doctoral Research Associate Julie Krupa!

Dr. Finn Joins Presidential Search Committee

Dr. Finn Joins Presidential Search Committee

August 28, 2018

School of Criminal Justice Director Mary Finn was recently announced as a member of the MSU Presidential Search Committee.

Alumni Spotlight Series: Jeffrey Senese

Alumni Spotlight Series: Jeffrey Senese

July 19, 2018

Dr. Jeffrey Senese is an alumni of the School of Criminal Justice and current president of Saint Leo University, Florida's first Catholic University.

CJ Faculty Shed Light on Drones

July 18, 2018

The advancement of drone technology has spurred one of the hottest debates across the globe. Specifically: how to balance public safety and privacy with the freedom to use a drone.

Dr. Zeoli Speaking at TEDMED Conference

Dr. Zeoli Speaking at TEDMED Conference

July 11, 2018

Dr. April Zeoli will be joining 23 other scholars to participate in the TEDMED Conference in Palm Springs, California this November.

Parents of Juvenile Offenders Don't Lost Hope

Parents of Juvenile Offenders Don't Lost Hope

July 10, 2018

Mothers only want the best for their children and are often their biggest supporter - saying (and sometimes believing) that their children can become anything they dream of.

Congratulations to the 13th Class of the School of Staff and Command

Congratulations to the 13th Class of the School of Staff and Command

July 9, 2018

The School of Criminal Justice would like to congratulate the thirty graduates of the 13th class of the School of Staff & Command.

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Honors Dr. Ed McGarrell

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Honors Dr. Ed McGarrell

June 28, 2018

The George Mason University Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) recently awarded Dr. Ed McGarrell with their Distinguished Achievement Award.

Professor Mahesh Nalla Quoted in Recent New York Times Article

Professor Mahesh Nalla Quoted in Recent New York Times Article

May 23, 2018

Dr. Mahesh Nalla was quoted in a recent New York Times article titled: Violent Arrest at Century 21 Casts Spotlight on Security Guards.

MasterCard Foundation Scholar Graduating From MSU CJ

May 14, 2018

Arhin Acheampong came to MSU as part of the prestigious MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Now he is graduating.

Associate Professor April Zeoli Joins Research Team With NIH Funding

Associate Professor April Zeoli Joins Research Team With NIH Funding

April 26, 2018

Dr. April Zeoli has joined the Firearm-Safety Among Children & Teams Consortium. The consortium is being funded by a five-million-dollar, five-year grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH).

CJ Student Awarded CyberCorps Scholarship

CJ Student Awarded CyberCorps Scholarship

April 24, 2018

Criminal Justice student Mattisen Stonhouse has been awarded the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program at Northeastern (a scholarship program that is funded by the National Science Foundation).

Marva Goodson Named Social Networks & Health Fellow

Marva Goodson Named Social Networks & Health Fellow

April 24, 2018

Marva Goodson has been awarded a Social Networks and Health Fellowship from the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC).

Grand Opening of the Lowe's Lounge

April 24, 2018

The break room that had served the School of Criminal Justice for well over twenty years has recently gotten a face-lift due to the generosity of Lowe's and our fantastic Alumni who work there.

Christine Kwiatkowski is a F.A.S.T. Fellow

April 13, 2018

Christine Kwiatkowski has been selected as a F.A.S.T. (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellow for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Marva Goodson Awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Marva Goodson Awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

April 13, 2018

The Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine awarded Marva Goodson with a Ford Foundation 2018 Dissertation Fellowship.

David Carter on Two Police Forces in East Lansing

David Carter on Two Police Forces in East Lansing

April 6, 2018

The Spartan Newsroom recently interviewed David Carter on the benefits of East Lansing having two police farms in such close proximity working together.

Tom Holt Pens Op-Ed For The Conversation

Tom Holt Pens Op-Ed For The Conversation

March 30, 2018

Professor Tom Holt recently wrote an Op-Ed for The Conversation discussing the ways the European Union has been combating Russia's fake news campaigns.

Breaking the Silence Surrounding Human Trafficking

March 29, 2018

The MSU School of Criminal Justice and the MSU School of Social Work will be hosting a screening of Break The Chain.

Professor David Carter Interviewed in The Columbus Dispatch Article

Professor David Carter Interviewed in The Columbus Dispatch Article

March 26, 2018

Professor David Carter was recently quoted in an article in The Columbus Dispatch titled "Information on Some Columbus Homicide Victims Withheld."

Director Mary Finn Wrote An Op-Ed For HuffPost

Director Mary Finn Wrote An Op-Ed For HuffPost

March 20, 2018

Director of the School of Criminal Justice, Mary Finn, wrote an Op-Ed for HuffPost.

Professor Steve Chermak Quoted In Article on Far-Right Extremism

Professor Steve Chermak Quoted In Article on Far-Right Extremism

March 17, 2018

Dr. Steve Chermak was quoted in a recent article titled "Far right, not Islam, drives most extremist violence in region and elsewhere."