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Department of Justice, Law & Criminology


SPA Justice,Law / Criminology
Fax: 202-885-2907
Ward, Room 270

Anna Castro,
Administrative Assistant

SPA Justice,Law / Criminology
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8043

Faculty in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology are leading scholars in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, terrorism, law and society, among other areas.

Located in Washington, D.C., the School of Public Affairs' Department of Justice, Law & Criminology offers courses of study at the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, including master's and PhD programs in Justice, Law and Criminology.

Through SPA’s Justice Programs Office, JLC faculty scholarship is shared with the AU and Washington communities, and across the nation.

Recent News

SPA Associate Dean Jessica Waters, left, and Ph.D. Student Leandra Carrasco, right

The Real World Effects of Reproductive Rights Decisions

SPA Associate Dean Jessica Waters and Ph.D. Student Leandra Carrasco recently published the article "Untagling the Reproductive Rights and Religious Liberty Knot" in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

JLC in the Media

Joe Young, assistant professor of justice, law and criminology, spoke with the Washington Post’s Express on February 10 about graduate programs focused on homeland security.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Cassie Bartlett on April 4 about his research on wrongful convictions. He presented his findings, as well, for students at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Joe Young, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, was quoted in an NBC News online article on June 9 regarding the upcoming Blackwater trial that dates back to a 2007 firefight in Baghdad.