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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

AU Mock Trial Team

Mock Trial Teams Advance to National Competition

Two American University mock trial teams have advanced to national competition as a result of their performance at a regional tournament that the School of Public Affairs hosted for the first time in early February.

JLC in the Media

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Politico on December 29 about the cyber capabilities of terrorist organizations and the possibility of a cyberattack from a terrorist organization.

Jessica Waters, associate dean of the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for Jurist on December 8 that looked at how the Supreme Court might rule in cases dealing with the conflict between religious institutions providing contraceptive insurance and the regulations set forth in the Affordable Care Act.

Fernando Reinares, scholar in residence, wrote an article for the Wilson Center on December 3 that focused on how best to counter Jihadist propaganda and prevent Western European Muslim youths from becoming radicalized.