Winter 2013


Michigan State University is the nation’s pioneering Land-Grant university. One hundred-sixty years ago the focus was on connecting scientific research to key agricultural issues. Today, MSU stands as a “World-Grant” university linking research to the pressing issues facing Michigan communities and communities across the globe. This also describes the mission of the School of Criminal Justice.

Our faculty and students are engaged in cutting-edge research and the translation of that research to address pressing problems. Examples of current projects focused within the U.S. include police integrity and use of force, community supervision of probationers and parolees, homicide and violence, gangs, and the organization of public safety resources in an era of tight budgets.

True to the World-Grant mission, our research occurs across the globe. Just looking at publications and new projects launched in the last few months reveals research and engagement in Australia, Croatia, India, Namibia, South Korea, Ukraine, as well as two projects in Puerto Rico. Perhaps most emblematic of the School’s influence and reach is Mahesh Nalla’s newly edited book, Community Policing in Indigenous Communities (with Graeme Newman).

Whether it is work in Detroit, Flint, or Lansing, or in remote areas of the world, when it comes to criminal justice and criminological research, this School is likely to be involved.

I hope you enjoy reading the Winter 2013 e-newsletter.

– Ed McGarrell, director