Faculty - Khadija Monk, PhD


PhD -  Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

MA – Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

BA – Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Monk holds both a doctorate and masters degree in criminal justice.  Her research centers on the influence of social and physical community characteristics on community violence. Her focus on environmental criminology emerged through her work at the Policing Institute at the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, and the Urban League of Cincinnati. Dr. Monk’s work has been published by the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the International Journal of Police Strategies & Management. She also consults with the media and provides expert commentary and insight for national and international television network programming.

My goal for students leaving my classroom at the end of each semester is the same: for each student to have a better understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system and to provide students with specific problem-solving skills.  In short, the two pillars of my teaching philosophy are: (1) to foster critical thinking and; (2) to employ methods, such as student-centered pedagogy, so that students can illustrate their understanding of a particular topic. 

In that regard, I want to be the influential educator that fosters critical thinking on what can be emotionally difficult and controversial topics.  With the increasing focus on criminal justice issues, like police-involved shootings, campus sexual assault, or the effects of mass incarceration on communities, my pedagogical vision is one focused on developing students’ awareness of social inequality, their empathy towards others, an analytical understanding of power, violence, and abuse and how the criminal justice system relates to these issues.  Ultimately, I would like to see my students use the skills developed at Cal State LA to improve the justice system.


Photo of Dr. K. Monk

Contact Information:

Office: Room 252, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 343-4628

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

Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice

Written Communication in Criminal Justice