Criminology and Justice Studies

Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty

Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Dr. Vickie Jensen, Department Chair Dr. Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 165.

Areas of Interest:  Gender & Crime; Criminal Justice & Penology; Victimization; Deviance; Domestic Violence; Criminological Theory; Field Methods & Ethnomethodology, Race Class & Gender Equality; Writing in the Social Sciences; Psychology & Social Psychology of Offending & Victimization.

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Bruce Zucker, Associate Chair , 3 + 3 BA / JD Faculty Lead

Bruce Zucker, Esq. Bruce Zucker, Esq.,

Associate Chair

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 164A

Areas of Interest:  Criminal Law; Federal Sentencing; White Collar Crime; Parole & Community Corrections.

Professor Zucker teaches the law and legal classes. For Fall 2020 he is teaching CJS 320 Intro to Crim Law, CJS 454MC Miscarriage of Justice, and the courts Internship and Field Experience CJS 494 B & BB.

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James David Ballard

Dr. James David BallardDr. James David Ballard

Office: Sierra Hall, room 165.

Areas of Interest:  Terrorism; Energy Security; Radiological & Nuclear Transportation; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Research Methods.

Dr. Ballard teaches almost every CJS course and has created multiple classes. For the Fall 2020 term, Dr. Ballard is teaching CJS 302 Crim CJ & Society, CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, CJS 340 Ethics in CJS and CJS 452PR Profiling.

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Eric Gamino

Dr. Eric Gamino Dr. Eric Gamino

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130W.

Areas of Interest:  Policing & Police Community Relations; Critical Criminology; Racial/Ethnic Relations; Immigration & Crime; U.S.-Mexico Border; Qualitative Methods.

Dr. Gamino teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 term, he is teaching CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security, CJS 350 Criminological Theory, and multiple sections of CJS 494 A & AA, the Internship and Field Experience classes focusing on law enforcement and security.

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Marc Glidden

Doctor Marc GliddenDr. Marc Glidden

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130P.

Areas of Interest: Corrections; Re-entry; Financial Capability and Crime; Social Ecology and Financial Access; Research Methods; Criminal Justice Education/Curricula.

Dr. Glidden teaches many CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 semester, Dr. Glidden is teaching CJS 344 Corrections, 2 sections of CJS 430 Methods and the corresponding 4 Methods Labs, and the Internship and Field Experience class related to Corrections and Reentry CJS 494 C & CC.

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Katherine Lorenz

Doctor Katherine LorenzDr.  Katherine Lorenz

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130U.

Areas of Interest: Victimology; Sexual Assault; Intimate Partner Violence; Intersectionality in Victimization; Police-Community Relations; Survey Design; Mixed-Methods Research; Qualitative Research Methods.

Dr. Lorenz teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 term, Dr. Lorenz is teaching CJS 326 Victimology, and CJS 480 Applied Research in CJ (Internship and Field Experience class).

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Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Doctor Kay Kei-Ho PihDr. Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130B.

Areas of Interest: Transnational Crime; Asian Criminal Organizations; Organized Crime & Gangs; Criminological Theory

Dr. Pih teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 semester, Dr. Pih is teaching 2 sections of CJS 350 Criminological Theory, and a double section of CJS 370 CJ Systems.

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Brianne Posey

Doctor Brianne Posey Dr. Brianne Posey 

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130V.

Areas of Interest:   Intimate partner abuse, sexual victimization, media and deviance, medico-legal procedures, violence and public health, family and delinquency, community corrections, critical race theory, feminist and intersectional criminology. 

Dr. Posey teaches CJS 438 Gender and CJ, CJS 454MJ Minorities and Justice, and SBS 320 Social Research.

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Jimin Pyo

Dr. Jimin PyoDr. Jimin Pyo

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130Q.

Areas of Interest: Public attitudes and perceptions (i.e., institutional confidence, legitimacy, and fear of crime/victimization), crime prevention, scale development and measurement, research methods.

Dr. Pyo teaches CJS 430 Methods and the corresponding 430L Methods Labs, as well as SBS 320 Social Research.

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Nayan Ramirez

Dr. Nayan RamirezDr. Nayan Ramirez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 352.

Dr. Ramirez teaches CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, SBS 320 Social Research, and a number of other CJS courses.

Areas of Interest: Gender and Sexualities; Juvenile Delinquency and Justice; Peer and Social Networks; Social Inequality and the Life-Course; Health Disparities; and Quantitative Research Methods.

Website: www.nayanramirez.com

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Anastasiia Timmer

Dr. Anastasiia TimmerDr. Anastasiia Timmer

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130M.

Areas of Interest:  Global criminology, health and justice, decision-making, wars and violent conflicts, mental health, criminal justice and social inequality, criminological theory, digital technologies.

Dr. Timmer teaches CJS 350 Criminological Theory, and CJS 448 Global Perspective in CJ.

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Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

 Doctor Anais Valiquette L'HeureuxDr. Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

Office:  Sierra Tower, room 225.

Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux teaches in the Maters of Public Administration program and selected classes in the CJS department.

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Shared Appointment Faculty

Victor Shaw, Sociology

Doctor Victor Shaw  Dr. Victor Shaw, Criminology and Justice Studies, & Sociology

Office:  Santa Susana Hall, room 331.

Dr. Shaw teaches CJS 340 Ethics in CJ and CJS 350 Criminological Theory for Fa 2020, as well as Sociology courses.

Areas of Interest: Comparative Justice; Criminology; Deviance; Social Control; Substance Abuse & Treatment; Social Problems; Race & Ethnic Relations; Policy Analysis; Ethics and Research Methods.

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Mylon Winn, MPA Program

Doctor Mylon WinnDr. Mylon Winn, Director of MPA Program

Office: The Masters of Public Administration office, Sierra Hall, room 271.

Areas of Interest: Administrative Ethics, General Public Administration and Organizational Theory.

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Lecturers

Jaime Alanis

Jaime AlanisJaime Alanis

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Alanis teaches CJS 402 Gangs, and multiple sections of CJS 430 Methods and the 430 Methods Labs. 

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Javier Barragan

Javier Barragan Javier Barragan

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Barragan teaches CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security.

 

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Barron teaches CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, CJS 360 Career Planning in CJS, CJS 418 Gender and Crime, and other CJS courses. She also teaches for CSUN's Sociology Department.

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Raqota Berger

Raqota Berger Raqota Berger

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Berger teaches CJS 402 Gangs and other CJS courses. Professor Berger also teaches for CSUN's Sociology Department.

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Kimberly Bonfiglio

Kimberly BonfiglioKimberly Bonfiglio

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Bonfiglio teaches a number of CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 semester, Professor Bonfiglio teaches CJS 350 Criminological Theory, and CJS 494 E and EE (Internship & Field Experience classes focusing on Community programs). Professor Bonfiglio also teaches University 100 for the Academic First Year Experience department.

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Bari Caine-Lomberto

Bari Caine-LombertoBari Caine-Lomberto

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Caine-Lomberto is teaching CJS 454RE Reentry Programs for the Fall 2020 term.

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Michael Crosswhite

Michael Crosswhite

Office:  Live Oak Hall, room 1324.

Professor Crosswhite teaches the SBS 320 Social Research class as well as teaching in the Mathematics department.

Brandon Harris

Brandon HarrisBrandon Harris

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Harris has taught a number of CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 term he is teaching CJS 480 Applied Research in CJS.

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Michael Hess

Michael HessMichael Hess

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Hess teaches SBS 320 Social Research as well as multiple classes in the Psychology Dept.

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Beth Jakubanis

Beth JakubanisBeth Jakubanis

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Jakubanis teaches CJS 446 Domestic Violence and other CJS courses. She also teaches for the Sociology Dept.

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Jose Juarez

Jose Juarez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Juarez teaches CJS 432 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime, CJS 446 Domestic Violence and other CJS courses.

 

Jeremy Karpel

Jeremy KarpelJeremy Karpel

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Investigative Procedures, Criminal Procedures including Federal & Superior Courts, Defense, Appellate, and Sentencing Issues.

Professor Karpel teaches CJS 320 Introduction to Criminal Law, CJS 422 White Collar Crime and other CJS courses. For Fall 2020, Professor Karpel is teaching 2 sections of CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law, and CJS 422 White Collar Crime.

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Sohyun Kim

Sohyun Kim

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Kim teaches SBS 320 Social Science Research Methods.

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Kriegler teaches CJS 320 Introduction to Criminal Law.

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Leslie Denice Labertew

Leslie Denice Labertew

Leslie Denice Labertew

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Labertew teaches CJS 102 Introduction to CJS, CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law, CJS 326 Victimology, CJS 452AV Advocacy, and many other CJS courses.

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Julio Lima

Julio LimaJulio Lima

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Lima teaches CJS 340 Ethics in CJS and other CJS courses. He also teaches in the MPA program.  For Fall 2020, jhe is teaching 2 sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJ.

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Dominic Little

Dominic Little

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 164.

Megan Mangassarian

Megan MangassarianMegan Mangassarian

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

For the fall semester, Professor Mangassarian is teaching two sections of CJS 320 Intro to Crim Law, CJS 326 Victimology, and two sections of CJS 340, Ethics in CJ.

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Kathy Oborn

Kathy ObornKathy Oborn

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Oborn teaches the majority of CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 term, Professor Oborn is teaching sections of CJS 102, Intro to CJS, CJS 360 Careers Planning, and CJS 454AP Applied Police Organization.

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Alex Ojeda

Alex OjedaAlex Ojeda

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Ojeda teaches CJS 452MO MOSAIC (Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage) Internship and Field Experience course.

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Craig Renetzky

Craig RenetzkyCraig Renetzky

Office: Santa Susanna Hall, room 411 and Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Renetzky teahes many CJS courses and for the department of Political Science as well. For the Fall 2020 semester, Professor Renetzky teaches CJS 320 Introduction to Criminal Law, as well as CJS 432 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime.

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Josh Rubenstein

Josh RubensteinJosh Rubenstein

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Rubenstein is teaching CJS 454LP The History of the LAPD for Fall 2020.

Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Sanchez teaches CJS 102 Introduction to CJS, and other CJS courses. For the Fall 2020 term, she is teaching 2 sections of CJS q02.

Areas of Interest: Forensic Psychology, Domestic Violence, Crime

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Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Stokes teaches CJS 360 Career Planning in CJ.

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Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Jaycynda Trifone-WoodruffJaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Profeesor Trifone-Woodruff teaches several of the CJS classes. For Fall 2020 she is teaching CJS 340 Ethics in CJS, CJS 370 CJ Systems, CJS452CY Cybercrime and the  brand new CJS 454SO Sexual Orientation and the Law.

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Richard Weintraub

Richard WeintraubRichard Weintraub

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Professor Weintraub teaches multiple CJS  courses. For Fall 2020 he is teaching CJS 340 Ethics in CJS and CJS 444 Community Corrections.

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Staff

Larry O'Connor

Dept. Coordinator

Sierra Hall 165,  (818) 677-2117 

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Dayanna Arriola

Administrative Support Assistant

Sierra Hall 165,  (818) 677-2117 CSUN Email:  ( )

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Emeritus Faculty and In Memoriam

A Note from the Criminology and Justice Studies Department

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies celebrates our emeritus faculty who have retired from teaching. We also deeply mourn the loss of our colleagues who passed away. Student awards have been established in honor of these faculty members. Contributions are graciously accepted and directly support student education and success. Please see the Alumni and Giving page for additional information.

Fred Mesropi

Fred Mesropi

Fred Mesropi (YouTube video)

Passed Oct. 2019

Nick Zingo

Professor Nick Zingo Nick Zingo

Passed July 2020.

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