Tenure Track Faculty

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Frances P. Abderhalden, PhD 
Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: Institutional Corrections, Jail Incarceration, Suicidality, Non-Serious Self-Injury (NSSI), Mental Health of People Incarcerated, Emotionality, Reentry Mapping, Correctional Policy, Siblings and Crime, Life Course Theory 

Courses Taught: Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Data Analysis in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Penology, Offender Reentry 

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Akhila L. Ananth
Akhila L. Ananth, PhD
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Race, gender, child welfare in Los Angeles, juvenile justice in global contexts
Courses Taught: Juvenile Justice, Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System, Probation Service Learning

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Carly B. Dierkhising, PhD
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Trauma and Traumatic Stress, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Trauma-Informed Systems, Delinquency
Courses Taught: Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Research Methods, Administration of Justice

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Gabriel Ferreyra, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, drugs; courts, law, corruption, U.S. drug policy, social justice, U.S.-Mexico border 

Courses Taught: Judicial Organization, Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System, Written Communication in Criminal Justice, Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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Jane Florence Gauthier, PhD
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Hate Crimes, Hate Groups, Spatial Patterns of Crime
Courses Taught: Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Research Methods, Statistics in Criminal Justice, Hate Crimes, Advanced Criminal Justice Theory and Practice 

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Lisa Graziano, PhD

Research Interests: Community Policing, Police-Community Interaction, Media and Policing
Courses Taught: Police and Society, Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice, Legal Issues for Police Officers, Community Policing and Problem Solving, Police and the Media, Statistics in Criminal Justice

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Denise Herz
Denise C. Herz, PhD

Research Interests: Juvenile justice and delinquency, crossover youth, multisystem approaches to delinquency, gangs, program development and evaluation

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Donald J. Johnson, M.S.

Research Interests: Use of miRNA markers for the detection of wound cells in bloodstains to determine the wound-of-origin; imaging systems and computer modeling for bloodstain pattern analysis; and methods to determine time-of-death 

Courses Taught: Courtroom and Legal Issues in Criminalistics; Crime Scene Reconstruction; Forensic Biology; Physical Methods and Pattern Analysis; and Sex Crimes and Physical Evidence
Practical Experience: Medical College of Ohio at Toledo/Lucas County Coroner’s Office; County of Los Angeles Department of Coroner; and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 

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Shichun (Asminet) Ling, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Biopsychosocial, neurocriminology, antisocial behavior, psychopathy / callous-unemotional traits, experimental, developmental and life-course, autonomic functioning, brain structure and function, brain stimulation

Courses Taught: Introduction to Criminology, Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Research and Statistics in Criminal Justice

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Xiaohan Mei, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Construction, Validation and Application of Adult and Juvenile Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) instruments; Program/Policy Evaluation, and Quantitative Methods. 
Courses Taught: Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Research Methods, Statistics in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Administration of Justice

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Khadija Monk, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Crime Prevention, Environmental Criminology, Police-Community Relationships, Community Violence Prevention, Sexual Assault Victimization, Crime & Policy Analysis, Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Courses Taught: California Criminal Justice Policy, Introduction to Administration of Justice, Written Communication in Criminal Justice, Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice.


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Katherine A. Roberts, PhD
Professor, Executive Director, California Forensic Science Institute Director, Criminalistics Graduate Program

Research Interests: Trace Evidence Analysis, Mitochondrial DNA, Sexual Assault Evidence, Fingerprint Aging
Courses Taught: Forensic Microscopy, Trace Evidence Analysis, Forensic Science Research Methods, Forensic Chemistry, Applications of Forensic Science

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Bill Sanders, PhD

Research interests: Young Offenders, Gangs, Substance use, Qualitative research methods, Public health, HIV/HCV, Diversion, Intervention, Desistance, Community-based organizations
Courses taught: Criminological Theory, Forensic Mental Health, Gangs, Substance Use and Crime, Violence, Advanced Theory and Practice, Criminal Justice Internships

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Katharine Tellis, PhD MSW
Professor and School Director

Research Interests: Sexual Assault, Intersectionality, Violence Prevention, Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
Courses Taught: Women and Crime, Advanced Theory and Practice, Writing for Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics

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Jay R. Vargas, PhD
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Analytical techniques used in Forensic Science, Toxicology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology 

Courses Taught: Introduction to Forensic Science, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Forensic Chemistry, Clandestine Laboratory Investigations, Forensic Toxicology & Controlled Substances Analysis 

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Carlos Chung, J.D.

Mr. Chung worked as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he was assigned to the Hardcore Gang Division and the Major Crimes Division. He currently serves as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. He teaches Criminal Concepts and has taught Criminal Procedure in the past. 

Kelly William Enos, M.A.

Mr. Enos is a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff with 10 years of law enforcement experience. He earned a master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and has worked as a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department and trainer for the State of California Adult Protective Services. Mr. Enos is currently Vice Chair of the Administration of Justice program at Los Angeles Mission College. He teaches Introduction to the Administration of Justice (CRIM 1010), Concepts of Criminal Law (CRIM 1260) and Theory and Perspectives (CRIM 3030).

Margaret Finnegan, Ph. D.

She received her PhD from UCLA. She is the author of Selling Suffrage: Consumer Culture and Votes for Women (Columbia University Press), and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including American QuarterlyLA Times and Salon. She has taught writing at CSULA for over nine years. She teaches (CRIM 3010) Written Communication in Criminal Justice.

Joel Lofton, JD

Mr. Lofton currently serves as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge.  Prior to his appointment to the bench he worked as a Deputy Public Defender in both Los Angeles and Riverside Counties and served as an Army JAG.  He teaches Contemporary Criminal Procedure.  

Nicole Smolter, M.S.

Ms. Smolter has experience working in the areas of offender reentry, domestic violence, and program evaluation.  She earned her Master's degree at American University and completed additional graduate studies at the University of Delaware in Criminology and Sociology. She teaches a variety of classes including Correctional Systems, Research Methods, Statistics, Criminological Theory.

Elizabeth Velazquez, Psy.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Velazquez has a Psy. D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has 11+ years of experience in community policing. Some of her experience includes the promotion, organization, and development of events and/or programs to support community partnership with law enforcement. Some of these events and/or programs focused on the education of municipal code enforcement, neighborhood cohesiveness, emergency preparedness, and the creation and facilitation of education programs to address juvenile delinquency. She has worked within treatment aspects of substance abuse and mental health. Specifically, she has experience in the treatment of duel diagnosis and substance abuse patients. She has also had the opportunity of working with the court system to create programs used by judges for diversion or sanctions. Dr. Velazquez first taught at California State University in 2016 and has taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility (CRIM 3100), Introduction to Administration of Justice (CRIM 1010), and Written Communication in Criminal Justice (CRIM 3010).


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