Faculty - Lisa Graziano, Ph.D.


Ph.D. -  Criminal Justice, University of Illinois, Chicago
MA – Criminal Justice, University of Illinois, Chicago
BA – Psychology, Governors State University

Dr. Graziano’s years as an advocate for domestic violence victims entailed working with courts and police agencies, an experience that has shaped both her teaching and research perspectives. Her primary research interests include community policing, police-community interaction, and media and policing.

Before coming to California, Dr. Graziano’s research focused on evaluating new information technology systems by the Chicago Police Department, particularly about community policing initiatives. She has also worked locally with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze robbery trends in the Hollenbeck District, as well as participated in community needs assessments for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office Gang Reduction Youth Development program and assessment of the sexual assault kit backlog in Los Angeles County.  Current projects include examining race and policing in Los Angeles, police-citizen contacts in Pasadena, and the impact of recent media coverage on attitudes towards police.

Selected Publications:

Police Misconduct, Media Coverage, and Public Perceptions of Racial Profiling: An Experiment

Understanding Community Policing and Legitimacy-Seeking Behavior in Virtual Reality: A National Study of Municipal Police Websites

Building group capacity for problem-solving and police-community partnerships through survey feedback and training: A randomized control trial with Chicago's community policing program


Office: Room 257, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 343-6230

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