Criminology and Justice Studies

Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty

Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Dr. 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, 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 2024 term, Prof. Zucker is teaching CJS 320: Intro to Criminal Law and CJS 454MC: Miscarriage of Justice

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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 the Spring 2024 term, "Dr. Dave" is teaching one section of CJS 380 Methods, and two corresponding co-requisite sections. 

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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 2024 term, Dr. Gamino is teaching CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security, CJS 480: Applied Research in CJS, and CJS 494 A/AA: Internship and Field Experience, CJS 494 A/AA focuses 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 2024 term, Dr. Glidden is teaching CJS 344: Corrections, and CJS 452AC: Applied Corrections. Dr. Glidden is also the CJS Internship Coordinator.

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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 2024 term, Dr. Lorenz is teaching CJS 326: Victimology.

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Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Dr. 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 2024 term, 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

 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 CJS 280 Stats in CJS (previously SBS 320 Social Research). For the Spring 2024 term, Dr. Posey is teaching CJS 280: Stats in Criminology and Justice Studies, CJS 438: Gender and Criminal Justice, and CJS 452MJ: Minorities and Criminal Justice.

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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 380 Methods and the corresponding 380L Methods Labs (previously CJS 430/L Methods) , as well as CJS 280 Stats in CJS (previously SBS 320 Social Research). For the Spring 2024 term, Dr. Pyo is teaching CJS 380: Methods, and the corresponding co-requisite sections 

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Nayan Ramirez

Dr.  Nayan G. Ramirez

Office: Sierra Hall 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.

Website: www.nayanramirez.com

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Anastasiia Timmer

Dr. Anastasiia Timmer

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

Areas of Interest:

Global and comparative criminology, criminal decision-making, mental health, trauma, violent conflicts, criminological theory, public criminology

For the Spring 2024 term, Dr. Timmer is teaching CJS 350: Criminological Theory, CJS 448: Global Perspectives in Criminal Justice, and CJS 452PC: Public Criminology. 

For a review of Dr. Timmer's professional experience and current projects, please see her website below:

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Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

 Dr. 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 2024, Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux will be teaching CJS 340: Ethics in 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. Dr. Giraldo will not be teaching for CJS in Spring 2024

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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. Dr. Mitchell will not be teaching for CJS in Spring 2024.

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Victor Shaw, Sociology

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

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

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

Dr. Shaw teaches for the Sociology department as well as selected CJS class. For the Spring 2024 term, Dr. Shaw is teaching CJS 340: Ethics in CJ, and CJS 350: Criminological Theory, as well as his Sociology courses.

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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 281
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 2024 term, Dr. Alanis is teaching CJS 380: Methods and their corresponding co-requisite CJS 380L Labs, and CJS 402: Gangs.

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Matt Barno

Matt Barno

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

For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Barno will not be teaching for CJS.

Javier Barragan

Javier Barragan Javier Barragan

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

Professor Barragan teaches CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security.

Professor Barragan will not be teaching for CJS in the Spring 2024 term, we hope that he will return to teach for CJS in Fall 2024.

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 2024 term, Prof. Barron is teaching CJS 270: Critical Justice Systems, CJS 310: Juvenile Justice, CJS 334: Law Enforcement Security

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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 2024 term, Professor Berger is teaching CJS 280: Stats in CJS. 

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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 2024 term, Professor Bonfiglio is teaching CJS 350: Criminological Theory, and CJS 494 E/EE Internship and Field Experience. CJS 494 E/EE internship classes focus 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 2024 term, Professor Caine-Lomberto is teaching CJS 454RE: Re-entry and Programs. 

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Anthony Carnevali

Anthony Carnevali

Anthony Carnevali

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Email: anthony.carnevali@csun.edu

For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Carnevali is teaching CJS 280: Statistics in Criminal Justice.

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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 2024 term, Professor Crosswhite is teaching CJS 280: Statistics in Criminal Justice.

 

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 2024 term, Professor Harris is teaching CJS 380: Methods and their corresponding co-requisite CJS 380L Labs

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Mitra Hoshiar

Mitra Hoshiar Mitra Hoshiar

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

Emailmitra.hoshiar@csun.edu   

Professor Hoshiar teaches CJS 380 Criminological Methods.

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 the Spring 2024 term, Professor Jakubanis is teaching CJS 310: Juvenile Justice.

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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.

Jeremy Karpel

Jeremy KarpelJeremy Karpel

Office: Sierra Hall, room 165.

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 2024 term, Professor Karpel is teaching CJS 320: Introduction to Criminal Law, and CJS 422: White Collar Crime.

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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 and CJS 280 Statistics in CJS. For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Kim will not be teaching for CJS, we hope that she will return to teach for CJS in Fall 2024.

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 2024 term, Professor Labertew is teaching CJS 270: Critical Justice Systems, CJS 326: Victimology, CJS 418: Gender and Crime, CJS 446: Domestic Violence, CJS 452HR: Human Rights, Crime, and CJ. 

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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 the Spring 2024 term, he is teaching CJS 328: Diversity and Crime, and 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 teaches CJS 280. For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Little is not teaching for CJS, we hope that he will return to teach for CJS in Fall 2024.

Megan Mangassarian

Megan Mangassarian

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

For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Mangassarian is teaching CJS 320: Intro to Crim Law, and CJS 340: Ethics in CJ.

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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 2024 term, Professor Oborn is teaching CJS 102: Intro to CJS, CJS 360: Career Planning in CJ, and CJS 334: Law Enforcement Security.

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Alex Ojeda

Alex OjedaAlex Ojeda

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

Professor Ojeda teaches CJS 410CS MOSAIC (Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage) Internship and Field Experience course. For the spring 20234 term, Prof. Ojeda is teaching CJS 410CS: 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 2024 term, Professor Renetzky is teaching CJS 402: Gangs and CJS 494 B/BB: Internship and Field Experience. CJS 494 B/BB focuses on the law and courts.

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Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

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

Areas of Interest: Forensic Psychology, Domestic Violence, Crime

Professor Sanchez teaches quite a few different CJS courses. For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Sanchez is teaching CJS 102: Intro to CJS, CJS 432: Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime, and CJS 446: Domestic Violence.

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Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

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

Professor Stokes teaches CJS 360 Career Planning in CJ, and CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security. For the Spring 2024 term, Professor Stokes is teaching CJS 360: Career Planning in CJ.

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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 the Spring 2024 term, Professor Trifone-Woodruff is teaching CJS 270: Critical Justice Systems, CJS 328: Diversity and Crime, CJS 340: Ethics in CJ, 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 2024 term, Prof. Weintraub is teaching CJS 344 Corrections.

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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 the Spring 2024 term, Professor Zverev is teaching CJS 102: Intro to CJS, and 320: Intro to Criminal Law.

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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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