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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.

Full-Time Faculty

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Lynn Addington Professor SPA - Justice, Law and 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. In addition to her work at AU, s

  adding@american.edu

  (202) 885-2902

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Tricia Bacon Assistant Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University. Prior to her employment at Amer

  bacon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6556

Chana Barron Assistant Professor SPA - JLC

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 Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and 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

  bartholo@american.edu

  (202) 885-2367

Richard Bennett Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Bennett's research interests include comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, and police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-national

  bennett@american.edu

  (202) 885-2956

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Billy Davies Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Brendan Dooley Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Dooley is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research focuses on the status and development of criminology as a science. The primary means in which the evolution has been

  dooley@american.edu

Daniel Dreisbach Professor SPA - Justice, Law and 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

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Michelle Engert Scholar in Residence SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Michelle Engert joined the faculty of Justice, Law, and Criminology after a diverse career as both a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with th

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David Fagelson Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and 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 the natur

  dfagel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2397

Kathleen Frey Instructor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Katie Frey is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Maryland College Park. Her dissertation is on the effects of prison versus jail on recidivism using advance quantitative methods. Other r

  frey@american.edu

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Jon Gould Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jon Gould returns to American University in 2017 from his appointment as a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, he was director of the Law and Social Sciences Program a

  gould@american.edu

  (202) 885-6535

Claire Griggs Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Claire Griggs is a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. Professor Griggs serves as the Faculty Advisor to the SPA Leadership Program and th

  cgriggs@american.edu

  (202) 885-6684

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Robert Johnson Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Johnson's areas of expertise include the prison and other institutions of punishment and confinement, the death penalty, institutional violence, and race and justice in America. He has publi

  Robert.Johnson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2951

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Douglas Klusmeyer Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University. I have both a PhD in modern European history and a JD in law from Stanford University. My approach to issues of

  dklusm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2995

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Jane Palmer Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University, an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Smi

  jane.palmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

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Renee Souris Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Renee Nicole Souris, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Justice, Law and Society with a second field in Political Theory from AU's School of Public Affairs in May 2014. Broadly speaking, her research exa

  souris@american.edu

  (202) 885-6551

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Jessica Waters Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services Provost, Office of the

Jessica Waters is the Dean for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses

  waters@american.edu

  (202) 885-2301

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Joseph Young Associate Professor and Department Chair, JLC SPA - Justice, Law and 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

  jyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2618

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Thomas Zeitzoff Assistant Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Thomas Zeitzoff is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2013, and was previously a postdocto

  zeitzoff@american.edu

Emeriti Faculty

Deirdre Golash Associate Professor 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

  dgolash@american.edu

  (202) 885-2955

Ronald Weiner Professor 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

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Kevin Boyle Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Kevin Boyle has been an adjunct professor with Justice, Law, and Criminology 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

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Jennifer Gumbrewicz Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jennifer Gumbrewicz is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practice, research and communications. A graduate of AU’s School of Public Affairs an

  gumbrewi@american.edu

  (202) 885-6386

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Gregory Hunt Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Society

Gregory A. Hunt, a member of the adjunct faculty of the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, works in the conduct and development of research and training programs in the field of community cor

  ghunt@american.edu

  (202) 885-8887

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Bev-Freda Jackson Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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

Steven Jansen Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mr. Steven Jansen is the Director of Prosecutors against Gun Violence (PAGV). PAGV is a non-partisan membership advancing prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of g

  sjansen@american.edu

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Lester Kaplan Adjunct Professor SPA - JPO/JLC

Les Kaplan is a clinical supervisor and consultant in the treatment of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. He currently maintains a practice in psychotherapy concentrating on anxiety and mood d

  lkaplan@american.edu

Erin Kearns Adjunct Instructor

Erin Kearns is a PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University, with a minor in Public Policy. Her primary research seeks to understand the relationship among terrorism, counterte

  ek4360a@american.edu

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Trace Lasley Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Trace Lasley is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the Universi

  lasley@american.edu

Aaron Lucas Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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

  lucas@american.edu

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Patricia Mitchell Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Judge Patti Mitchell is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland bench. She is an AU alumna (SPA ’76) and has been an adjunct JLC professor for over ten years. In her more than thirteen years as a

  pmitche@american.edu

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Matthew Pascocello Adjunct Professor WCL - Career and Prof Devel

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 Career Development & Alumni C

  mpasco@american.edu

  (202) 274-4092

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Rainey Ransom Adjunct Associate Professor

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

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Beatrix Siman-Zakhari Assistant Professor Emerita

Dr. Beatrix Siman Zakhari has taught the Justice Program in Washington Semester for the past 21 years. She has also created a Law Enforcement Program within the Washington Semester and has taught the

  bsiman@american.edu