Criminology and Justice Studies

Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty

Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Vickie JensenDr. Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 165
Email: vickie.jensen@csun.edu

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 Bruce Zucker, Esq.,

Associate Chair

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164A
Email: bruce.zucker@csun.edu

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

Professor Zucker teaches most of the law and legal classes. For the Spring 2023 term, Prof. Zucker is teaching CJS 320: Intro to Criminal Law and the CJS 494 B / BB Internship and Field Experience classes (section 01 of both), that relate to the courts and the legal systems.

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James David Ballard

Dr. James David BallardDr. James David Ballard

Office: Sierra Hall, room 165
Email: james.ballard@csun.edu

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 Spring 2023, "Dr. Dave" is teaching CJS 370 Criminal Justice Systems and CJS 402 Gangs.

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Eric Gamino

Eric Gamino Dr. Eric Gamino

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130W
Email: eric.gamino@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  His research interests include policing and police-community relations; racial and ethnic relations; criminology; immigration and crime; U.S.-Mexico border region; and qualitative research methods. Dr. Gamino’s research interest focuses on people of color and their experiences with the criminal justice system.

Dr. Gamino teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Gamino is teaching CJS 454IC Immigration, Law & Crime, CJS 454PY Police & Youth Group Program, and CJS 494 A / AA the Internship and Field Experience classes focusing on law enforcement and security.

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Marc Glidden


 Dr. Marc Glidden

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130P
Email: marc.glidden@csun.edu

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 Spring 2023 semester, Dr. Glidden is teaching a section of the CJS 344 Corrections, and CJS 454AC Applied Corrections.

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Katherine Lorenz

Katherine Lorenz Dr.  Katherine Lorenz

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130U
Email: katherine.lorenz@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Victimology; Sexual violence; domestic violence/intimate partner violence; Intersectionality in victimization; Formal/institutional responses to sexual violence survivors; Help-seeking and reporting victimization; Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research

Dr. Lorenz teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Lorenz is teaching two sections of CJS 326 Victimology. Dr. Lorenz is also the CJS Internship Coordinator.

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Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Kay Kei-Ho PihDr. Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130B
Email: kay.pih@csun.edu

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

Dr. Pih teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 semester, Dr. Pih is teaching CJS 280 Stats in Criminology and Justice Studies, CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, and CJS 350 Criminological Theory. 

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Brianne Posey

Doctor Brianne Posey Dr. Brianne Posey 

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130V
Email: briannep@csun.edu

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 a number of CJS courses, including CJS 438 Gender and CJ, CJS 454MJ Minorities and Justice, and SBS 320 Social Research. For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Posey is teaching CJS 280 Stats in Criminology and Justice Studies, CJS 438 Gender and CJ, and CJS 452MJ Minorities and Justice.

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Jimin Pyo

Jimin Pyo Dr. Jimin Pyo

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130Q
Email: jimin.pyo@csun.edu

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. For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Pyo is teaching CJS 280 Stats in Criminology and Justice Studies, and CJS 454PL Psychology & Law.

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Nayan Ramirez

 

   Dr. Nayan Ramirez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 352

Email: nayan.ramirez@csun.edu

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.

Dr. Ramirez teaches CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, SBS 320 Social Research, and a number of other CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Ramirez is teaching CJS 452ME Mentor in CJS.

Website: www.nayanramirez.com

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Anastasiia Timmer

Anastasiia TimmerDr. Anastasiia Timmer

OfficeSierra Hall, room 130M
Email: anastasiia.timmer@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  

Global & comparative criminology, criminal decision-making, mental health, emotions, violent conflicts, theory testing & development, digital technologies.

For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Timmer is teaching CJS 102 Intro to CJS, and CJS 448 Global Perspective in CJS.

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Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

 Anais Valiquette L'HeureuxDr. Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

Office:  Sierra Tower, room 225
Email: anais.valiquettelheureux@csun.edu

Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux teaches in the Maters of Public Administration program and selected classes in the CJS department. In Spring 2023, Dr. Valiquette will not be teaching for CJS.

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Shared Appointment Faculty

Mario Giraldo, Geography and Environmental Sciences

  Dr. Mario Giraldo, Geography and Environmental Sciences

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130N
Email: mario.giraldo@csun.edu

Dr. Giraldo teaches for the Geography and Environmental Sciences department. For Spring 2023, Dr. Giraldo is teaching CJS 452WD US Drug War in Colombia.

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Richard Mitchell, English

Dr. Richard (Rick) Mitchell, English

Office: Sierra Tower, room 733
Email: rick.mitchell@csun.edu 

Dr. Mitchell teaches for the English Department in the College of Humanities. For Spring 2023, Dr. Mitchell is teaching CJS 454WJ Writing and Preforming for Social Justice.

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Victor Shaw, Sociology

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

Office:  Santa Susana Hall, room 331
Email: victor.shaw@csun.edu

Dr. Shaw teaches for the Sociology department as well as selected CJS class. For Spring 2023, Dr. Shaw is teaching CJS 340 Ethics in CJ, and CJS 350 Criminological Theory, as well as his 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, Special Assistant to the Dean for the Master of Public Administration Program

Office: The Masters of Public Administration office, Sierra Hall, room 271
Email: mylon.winn@csun.edu

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
Email: jaime.alanis@csun.edu

Professor Alanis teaches CJS 402 Gangs, and multiple sections of CJS 380 Methods and the co-requisite 380 Methods Labs.

For the Spring 2023 term, Dr. Alanis is teaching CJS 402 Gangs, two sections of CJS 380 Methods, sections 02 and 04 (ticket 20761) and the 3 corresponding co-requisite CJS 380L labs, sections 04, 05, 10, and 11 (ticket numbers 13031, 13160, 13277, and 13278).

Bio

 

Javier Barragan

Javier Barragan Javier Barragan

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: javier.barragan@csun.edu

Professor Barragan teaches CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security. For Spring 2023, Professor Barragan is teaching CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security, section 02, ticket # 13156, a Friday afternoon section. 

 

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: cecillia.barron@csun.edu

Professor Barron teaches a long list of CJS courses, and multiple classes for CSUN's Sociology Department. For the Spring 2023 term, Prof. Barron is teaching CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, CJS 344 Corrections, CJS 350 Criminal Theory, and CJS 444 Community Corrections.

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Raqota Berger

Raqota Berger Raqota Berger

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: raqota.t.berger@csun.edu

Professor Berger teaches CJS 402 Gangs, SBS 320 Social Research, now renamed CJS 280 Statistics in Criminal Justice, and a number of other CJS courses. Professor Berger also teaches for CSUN's Sociology Department. For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Berger is teaching CJS 280, Statistics in Criminal Justice.

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Jill Biondo

Jill Biondo Jill Biondo

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: jill.biondo@csun.edu

Prof. Biondo teaches CJS 454GC, Gender and Crime.

Kimberly Bonfiglio

Kimberly Bonfiglio

Kimberly Bonfiglio

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: kimberly.bonfiglio@csun.edu

Professor Bonfiglio teaches a number of CJS courses. Professor Bonfiglio also teaches University 100 for the Academic First Year Experience department. For the Spring 2023 semester, Professor Bonfiglio is teaching CJS 350 Criminological Theory, and CJS 494 E and EE (Internship & Field Experience classes focusing on Community programs).

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Bari Caine-Lomberto

Bari Caine-Lomberto

Bari Caine-Lomberto

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: bari.caine@csun.edu

For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Caine-Lomberto is teaching CJS 454RE Re-entry & Programs.

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Anthony Carnevali

Anthony Carnevali

Anthony Carnevali

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Email: anthony.carnevali@csun.edu

For Spring 2023, Professor Carnevali is teaching three sections of CJS 280 Statistics in Criminal Justice, section 01, 10, and 12, ticket numbers 20685, 20698, 20700.

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Michael Crosswhite

Michael Crosswhite

Office:  Live Oak Hall, room 1324
Email: michael.crosswhite@csun.edu

Professor Crosswhite teaches the SBS 320 Social Research class, now renamed CJS 280 Statistics in Criminal Justice as well as teaching for the Mathematics department. For the Spring 2023 term, Prof. Crosswhite is teaching CJS 280 Statistics in Criminal Justice.

 

Courtney Echols

Courtney EcholsCourtney Echols

Email: courtney.echols@csun.edu

Professor Echols area of interest include Race and Ethnicity, Historical Anti-Black Violence, Transitional Justice, Collective Memory, Culture, Social Movements, Policing

Website: CourtneyMEchols.com

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Jordan Grasso

Jordan Grasso Jordan Grasso

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Email: jordan.grasso@csun.edu 

Professor Grasso teaches CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security.

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Brandon Harris

Brandon HarrisBrandon Harris

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: brandon.harris@csun.edu

Professor Harris teaches a number of CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 semester, Dr. Harris is teaching two sections of CJS 280 (ticket numbers 20760 and 20762) and the CJS 380 co-requisite labs, (ticket numbers 13028, 13029, 13274, and 13275). CJS 380 was formerly called CJS 430 Methods.

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Mitra Hoshiar

Mitra Hoshiar Mitra Hoshiar

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Emailmitra.hoshiar.delgadillo@csun.edu (will be active soon)  

Professor Hoshiar teaches CJS 380 Criminological Methods.

Cathrine Jacobsen

Cathrine JacobsenCathrine Jacobsen

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: cathrine.jacobsen@csun.edu    (will be activated soon)

Professor Jacobsen teaches CJS 418 Gender and Crime.

Areas of Interest: Structural criminological processes; Juvenile justice; Youthful prisoners’ rights; Trauma and offending; Punishment policies; Abolitionist, transformative and advocacy informed research; State-sanctioned violence; Critical race; Intersectionality; Restorative practice.

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Beth Jakubanis

Beth JakubanisBeth Jakubanis

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: beth.jakubanis@csun.edu

Professor Jakubanis teaches CJS 446 Domestic Violence and other CJS courses. She also teaches for the Sociology Dept. For Spring 2023, Prof. Jakubanis is teaching CJS 452MH Mental Health & Criminology.

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Jose Juarez

Jose Juarez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email:  jose.juarez@csun.edu

Professor Juarez teaches CJS 432 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime, CJS 444 Community Corrections, CJS 446 Domestic Violence, and a number of other CJS courses. For Spring 2023, Professor Jurez is teaching for another institution. The hope is that he can return to CSUN soon.

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 a number of other CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Karpel is teaching CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law, and CJS 422 White Collar Crime.

Email: jeremy.karpel@csun.edu

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Sohyun Kim

Sohyun Kim

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: sohyun.an@csun.edu

Professor Kim teaches SBS 320 Social Science Research Methods. For Spring 2023, Professor Kim is teaching two sections of CJS 280 Stats in Criminology and Justice Studies (ticket numbers: 20689 and 20690). 

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: sandy.kriegler@csun.edu

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
Email: leslie.labertew@csun.edu

Professor Denice Labertew teaches CJS 102 Introduction to CJS, CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law, CJS 326 Victimology, CJS 452AV Advocacy, and many other CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Labertew is teaching two sections of CJS  320 Intro to Criminal Law, CJS 446 Domestic Violence, CJS 452AV Advocacy in CJS, and CJS 452HR Human Rights in Crime & CJS.

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Julio Lima

Julio LimaJulio Lima

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: julio.lima@csun.edu

Professor Lima teaches CJS 340 Ethics in CJS and other CJS courses. He also teaches in the MPA program.  For Spring 2023, he is teaching CJS 340 Ethics in CJ.

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Dominic Little

Dominic Little

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 164.
Email: dominic.little@csun.edu 

Professor Little is not teaching for CJS this Spring term.

Megan Mangassarian

Megan MangassarianMegan Mangassarian

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: megan.mangassarian@csun.edu

For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Mangassarian is teaching CJS 320 Intro to Crim Law, CJS 326 Victimology, CJS 340 Ethics in CJ, and CJS 418 Gender and Crime.

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Trinh Nguyen

  

Trinh Nguyen Trinh Nguyen

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Emailtrinh.nguyen@csun.edu  (not active yet)

Professor Nguyn is not teaching for CJS this Spring term.

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Kathy Oborn

Kathy ObornKathy Oborn

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: kathleen.oborn@csun.edu

Professor Oborn teaches the majority of CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Oborn is teaching CJS 344 Corrections, CJS 360 Careers Planning, and CJS 370 CJ Systems.

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Alex Ojeda

Alex OjedaAlex Ojeda

Office: Santa Susana Hall, room 306
Email: alex.ojeda@csun.edu

Professor Ojeda teaches CJS 452MO MOSAIC (Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage) Internship and Field Experience course. For Spring 2023 Prof. Ojeda is teaching CJS 452MO MOSAIC.

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Craig Renetzky

Craig RenetzkyCraig Renetzky

Office: Santa Susanna Hall, room 411 and Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: craig.renetzky@csun.edu

Professor Renetzky teaches most of the CJS courses and for the department of Political Science as well. For the Spring 2023 semester, Professor Renetzky is teaching CJS 432 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime.

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Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: crystal.sanchez@csun.edu

Professor Sanchez teaches quite a few different CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 term, Professor Sanchez is teaching CJS 102 Intro to CJS and CJS 432 Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime.

Areas of Interest: Forensic Psychology, Domestic Violence, Crime

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Tim Stehr

Tim Stehr Tim Stehr

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: timothy.stehr@csun.edu

Professor Stehr teaches many CJS courses. Prof. Stehr is not teaching for CJS this Spring term.

Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: trevion.stokes@csun.edu

Professor Stokes teaches CJS 360 Career Planning in CJ. For the Spring 2023 term, Prof. Stokes is teaching CJS 360, Career Planning in CJ.

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Jose Torres

 Jose Torres Jose Torres

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: jose.a.torres@csun.edu

For Spring 2023, Dr. Torres is teaching for another institution. The hope is that he can return to CSUN soon.

Bio:

Jose Torres is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at California State University, Northridge. He received his Bachelor's degrees in Sociology: Criminology and Criminal Justice Emphasis and Central American Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2015 and his master's degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. He also received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2021. His research interests focus on the effects of immigration laws and enforcement practices on immigrant parents and their families. Overall, Dr. Torres' research interests focus on people's experiences with the criminal justice system and the immigration system in the United States. He hopes that his research will produce positive changes in laws and in society. 

 

 

Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Jaycynda Trifone-WoodruffJaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: jaynda.woodruff@csun.edu

Professor Trifone-Woodruff teaches several of the CJS classes. She is also one of the CJS Professors selected to teach U100 for CJS Freshman.

For Spring 2023, Professor Trifone-Woodruff is teaching CJS 328 Diversity and Crime, two sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJS, CJS 418 Gender and Crime, and CJS 452PR Profiling.

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Richard Weintraub

Richard WeintraubRichard Weintraub

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: richard.weintraub@ccsun.edu

Professor Weintraub teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Spring 2023 semester, Prof. Weintraub is teaching CJS 344, Corrections, section 01, ticket # 13034.     

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Arthur Zverev

Arthur Zverev Arthur Zverev

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Email: arthur.zverev@csun.edu

Professor Zverev specializes in law and legal courses. For Spring2022, Professor Zverev is teaching CJS 320, Intro to Criminal Law, section 04, ticket # 13162.

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Staff

Kimberly Olguin

Kimberly OlguinKimberly Olguin, Administrative Support Assistant - II.

Sierra Hall 165
(818) 677-2117
kimberly.olguin@csun.edu

Kimberly is a CSUN alum with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English. She started her career in Higher Education by joining CSUN’s English Department Teaching Associate program where she taught English 114A/B. At the same time, she started tutoring at Los Angeles Valley College’s (LAVC) Writing Center and eventually started working at LAVC’s Outreach and Recruitment department as a Registration Assistant.

A fun fact about Kimberly is that she enjoys chaotic fun in the form of creativity, video games, and torturous hikes.

Melva Ramirez Gonzalez

Melva Ramirez Gonzalez Melva Ramirez Gonzalez, Academic Advisor - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall, room 204 the SSC EOP Advising office
(818) 677-2658
CSUN Email: melva.ramirez@csun.edu

Larry O'Connor

Larry O'Connor, Dept. Coordinator

Sierra Hall 165
(818) 677-2117
larry.oconnor@csun.edu

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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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