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

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Upcoming Events

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Faculty Works-In-Progress: Natasha Frost

Criminal Justice Professor Natasha Frost will be presenting her research on correctional officers–the job with the highest suicide rate in Massachusetts–through the Faculty Works-In-Progress Colloquium hosted by the Humanities Center. Her paper is entitled "Correctional Officer Suicide and Well...


3rd Annual David B. Shulman Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Nancy Rodriguez

The Institute on Race and Justice is proud to present the 3rd Annual David B. Schulman Distinguished Lecture, featuring special guest Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Professor in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California Irvine and former Director of the National Institute of Justice. Rodrig...


Intro to Python Workshop

This workshop will cover the basics of python, including the use of APIs and visualizations. No previous experience is needed. Just bring your laptop. This session will be led by Jason Radford, visiting researcher at Northeastern's Lazer Lab. Co-hosted by the NULab, School of Criminology and Crimina...


Faculty Works-In-Progress: Shytierra Gaston

Criminal Justice Professor Shytierra Gaston will be presenting her research entitled "A Ferguson Effect, the Drug Epidemic, Both, or Neither? Explaining the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Homicide Rises by Race and Ethnicity" through the Faculty Works-In-Progress Colloquium hosted by the Humanities Center. For...

Criminal Justice News

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Welcome Dr. Rod K. Brunson, Thomas P. O’Neill Chair of Public Life

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rod K. Brunson as the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair of Public Life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Political Science in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Brunson will also serve as Director of Graduate Mentoring and Diversity Initiatives in CSSH. He brings to this position an outstanding record as researcher, educator and advisor on questions of race and social justice. Read more.

Professor Amy Farrell Discusses Human Trafficking During the Super Bowl

After 33 people were arrested for trafficking at the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Professor Amy Farrell commented on the high volume of human trafficking during the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Olympics, and other major events. Farrell, whose research primarily focuses on hate crimes and human trafficking, explained that exploitation often occurs at events that draw large, out-of-town crowds. However, it is important to note that exploitation is not only an issue at these big events–exploitation occurs during everyday, lower-profile events as well. Read more.

Professor Jack McDevitt Collects Data to Address Racial Profiling by Police

Professor Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute in Race and Justice at Northeastern University, is leading a study to address whether police officers in Douglas County, Kansas engage in racial profiling. McDevitt is working alongside Northeastern University Professor Amy Farrell and American University Professor Janice Iwama (Northeastern University ’16) to change the way police departments collect data. The researchers gather information on the racial breakdown of motorists and pedestrians stopped in traffic by police in the county. 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.