Welcome to Criminal Justice at Northeastern

A Message from the Director

“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

Anthony Braga, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Students walk past blooming flowers outside Curry Student Center

Criminal Justice News

Publications, News Publicity, Research Grants and More

The Complicated Legacy of “Broken Windows” Policing in CommonWealth Magazine

George Kelling, an American criminologist who spent several years teaching at Northeastern University, passed away this spring at age 83, as told by CommonWealth Magazine. Former Boston and New York City police commissioner William Bratton called Kelling “the most profound influence on American policing in the last 40 or 50 years.”

Doctoral Candidate Ieke de Vries and Master’s Student Kelly Goggin Lead Webinar on Risk Factors for Commercial Sexual Exploitation

On May 28, Ieke de Vries and Kelly Goggin led a webinar entitled “The Impact of Childhood Abuse on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth.” Although commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of minors has received strong attention from scholars and practitioners, there is a continued lack of understanding around which factors increase a minor’s risk of this type of victimization…

Criminal Justice Researchers Debunk “Broken Windows Theory” After 35+ Years

Over 35 years ago, researchers theorized that graffiti, abandoned buildings, broken windows, and other signs of disorder in neighborhoods lead people to commit more crime. Now, Northeastern University researchers Daniel T. O’Brien, Brandon Welsh, and Chelsea Farrell have debunked the theory…

Professor James Fox and PhD Student Emma Fridel Featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Northeastern News

Northeastern Criminology Professor James Alan Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel received publicity recently for their research on increasing rates of domestic violence. Despite a steady decline in the number of domestic murders since the early 1990s, there was a significant increase from 2015 to 2017…

Criminal Justice Events

Faculty Works-in-Progress, Research and Policy Conferences, Visiting Scholars, Co-op Presentations and More

There are no upcoming events at this time. Have a great summer!

In the past, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has held events in collaboration with a host of other university departments, including but not limited to, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the School of Law, the Department of Economics, NULab, and the Humanities Center. Events often commend the research of our faculty and students, and extend to encompass formal ceremonies such as the Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma Induction Ceremony, as well as the Senior Celebration in honor of the SCCJ graduating class.


Megan Denver, CJ Professor

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.

Professor Megan Denver

Martin Narciso, CJ Alumnus '19

“We have ideas of these boundaries between disciplines, but I’ve learned that it’s necessary to go beyond those barriers. Criminal Justice pulls from political science, public policy, urban sciences, sociology, even math! All of these fields come together, and I think what’s important is collaboration across backgrounds to create an unique perspective. It’s important for everyone to understand why an interdisciplinary approach is so crucial to get the whole picture and have successful policies.”