Welcome to Criminal Justice at Northeastern

Welcome to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Established in 1967, ours is one of the oldest and most prominent programs of its kind in the United States. We offer degrees both at the undergraduate level (Bachelor of Science) and the graduate level (Master of Science and Ph.D.), as well as a minor and a graduate certificate.

We are a small school in a large university. That means that you have a vast array of options for electives, minors should you choose one, athletics and clubs, while at the same time having most of your classes with fewer than 20-30 students. Students in all of our degree programs have the chance to interact closely with the faculty and join them in research projects. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty include specialists in a wide range of areas, including such topics as criminal law, crime in a global context, terrorism, human trafficking, hate crime, serial and mass murder, community policing, juvenile justice, and incarceration and punishment. You will learn from the experts, in class and out…


Anthony Braga, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

To read the full Message from the Director, click here.

Criminal Justice News

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TIER 1 Seed Grant Awarded to Criminal Justice Researchers for FY20

Criminology and Criminal Justice Professors Simon Singer, Carlos Cuevas, Megan Denver, and Shytierra Gaston, as well as Psychology Professor David DeSteno and Law Professor Daniel Medwed, were awarded a TIER 1 grant for their proposal entitled “Reentering Lives of Juvenile Lifers.” Read more.

Professor Brandon Welsh Publishes Longest Evaluation of a Randomized Controlled Experiment in the World

Professor Brandon Welsh, Professor Gregory Zimmerman, Northeastern doctoral student Alexis Yohros, and former Northeastern doctoral student Steven Zane published a follow-up of a randomized clinical trial in JAMA Network Open, a weekly peer-reviewed, open access medical journal published by the American Medical Association. Welsh and his colleague’s research investigates the long-term effects of a crime prevention program on mortality. Read more.

Professor Amy Farrell Will Be a Keynote Speaker at the Kansas University Beyond Discourse Conference

Professor Amy Farrell will be one of several featured speakers at the 2019 Beyond Discourse Conference “Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking” hosted by Kansas University. Farrell’s research seeks to understand how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking, which ties in strongly with the conference’s theme. Read more.

Dr. Anthony Braga’s Research on Gun Violence in The New York Times

Dr. Anthony Braga, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, weighed in on the correlation between gun caliber and fatal shootings in the New York Times article, entitled “People Kill People. But Bullets Matter, Too, and the Bigger, the Deadlier.” The article shares his research, which examines whether there is an association between the likelihood of death for firearms shooting victims and the caliber of the firearm used. Read more.

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Faculty Spotlights

Professor Megan Denver

Megan Denver

Megan Denver is a recent and distinguished addition to the faculty at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously an assistant professor at Florida State University, she developed a keen understanding of the criminal justice system through advancing her education and immersing herself in complex research. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany and her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.

As a professor, Denver wants to help criminal justice majors grasp the excitement behind and the importance of research, careers, and coverage within the field. She believes a narrow set of images often comes to mind when individuals think of criminal justice, but the field is much larger, more diverse, and more complex than many realize. She advises current and prospective students alike to meet with different professionals to gain a more thorough understanding of possibilities in criminology and criminal justice. She is also an advocate for tracking policy changes and developments in the news, as this can help students expose themselves to agencies or careers that may be of interest to them. Northeastern University’s focus on experiential learning ties into Denver’s suggestions and provides a unique avenue for students to achieve a deeper understanding of the field via co-op positions. The variety of co-ops available demonstrate the true diversity of the major that Denver addresses. Read more.


Jean Egan

As Senior Co-op Coordinator and Faculty member, Jean Egan has delivered outstanding service to the SCCJ students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our program for more than 40 years. She is adored by our undergraduate students who consistently state that Jean is a highly-influential early career mentor.

Jean is a tireless problem-solver who developed SCCJ’s co-op integration course that distills the lessons learned during their employment experiences, and considers how these lessons shape their career choices in the future.  This course is considered a CSSH model for how students can achieve the most value from their co-op experiences.  Jean’s strong knowledge base and close connections to students and employers have been absolutely essential to our program. Her leadership in this area and enthusiasm for making innovative pedagogical changes that benefit the skillsets of our students has been inspiring. It is not surprising that Jean has served with distinction on multiple university-wide committees in this area and is a Past President of the National Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Read more.