Criminology and Criminal Justice Research

Researchers who study Criminology and Criminal Justice are constantly learning more about why people commit criminal acts and the best way to punish or treat criminal offenders.


Topics of Research

Our Criminology faculty carry out research in a wide variety of topic areas to expand our knowledge of the police, the judicial system, and the correctional system. 

Some of the research areas are:

  • Problem Oriented Policing
  • Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Perceptions of Police
  • Criminal Forensics and Investigation
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Criminological Theory
  • Deviance
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Drug Addiction
  • Profiling Serial Killers
  • Critical Incidents
  • Stress Management

Research Benefits

Many research projects are hands-on, allowing faculty to improve their skills and competence in applied aspects of criminal justice. The diverse range of research interests provides students with a broad array of courses in their degrees.

The faculty are also members of many professional organizations: 

  • The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • The American Society of Criminology
  • The Ohio Council on Criminal Justice Education
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Magistrates
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Ohio Municipal Attorney Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • International Association of Critical Incident Stress Management. 

Faculty Research

The faculty have published their research findings as books, articles and other publications in both scholarly journals and other professional outlets.

Dr. Nancy Marion and Dr. Jason Twede recently travelled to Philadelphia, PA, to present a paper on the public’s perception of police at the annual meeting of The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. 

They also participated in a roundtable discussion of marijuana policy in the US. 

Recent Publications

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