Criminal Justice and Criminalistics (323) 343-4610

Akhila Ananth
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

  • Race, gender, and the design of juvenile courts and detention facilities
  • Qualitative research methods to investigate how race is codified in designs of children’s spaces in the law
  • Community organizations serving youth of color in Los Angeles

Carly Dierkhising
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside 

  • Trauma and child traumatic stress
  • Trauma among juvenile justice-involved youth
  • Crossover youth
  • Youth gangs
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Jane Gauthier
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Washington State University

  • Hate crimes and groups
  • Spatial patterns of crime
  • Hate crime victimization among LGBTQ people and immigrants in Los Angeles
  • Racial and gender minority experiences with police

Lisa Graziano
Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago 

  • Police-community relations, particularly community policing
  • Role of race-ethnicity in shaping public perceptions of police
  • Impact of media coverage on perceptions of police
  • Evolution of both LAPD relations with communities of colors and diversity within the LAPD itself

Denise Herz
Professor; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park

  • Juvenile justice
  • Youths at-risk for delinquency
  • Characteristics and needs of crossover youth
  • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
  • City of Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office  

Donald Johnson
Professor of Criminalistics; M.Sc., UCLA

  • Forensic science
  • Forensic biology and pathology
  • Crime scene investigation and reconstruction
  • Forensic science education, in-service training, and research. 
  • New technologies and novel approaches to advance forensic science
  • Non-specific bloodstain patterns by use of microRNA profiling

Khadija Monk
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati 

  • Crime prevention
  • Environmental criminology
  • Police-community relationships
  • Community violence prevention
  • Sexual assault victimization
  • Crime and policy analysis
  • Disparities in the criminal justice system

Katherine A. Roberts
Professor; Ph.D., John Jay College, New York

  • M.S. program in criminalistics
  • Trace evidence
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Research
  • Detection of adulterants in morphine sulfate solutions, microspectroscopy to differentiate printing inks and bullet damage

Bill Sanders
Professor; Ph.D., University of London

  • Ethnographic investigations on young people and crime in Los Angeles, New York and London
  • Gangs, drugs, and public health aspects about criminal justice topics
  • Processes of desistance among serious juvenile and adult offenders
  • How youth from high-risk neighborhoods avoid gangs and drugs

Katharine Tellis
Interim Director and Associate Professor; MSW, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha 

  • Violence prevention and criminal justice policy and practice
  • Suspect/victim relationship in sexual assault cases
  • How attrition occurs within the criminal justice system
  • Crime rates and offender recidivism in response to Prison Realignment in California is funded by the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association

Jay Vargas
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Utah

  • Forensic chemical analysis
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • New analytical techniques for controlled substance analysis
  • Development of animal models for use in determining the adverse effect profile of drugs and toxins
  • Central nervous system tissue in response to drug exposure and in neurological disorders