Leadership Team

SCCJ Policies and Procedures

This Academic Governance and Policies and Procedures Manual for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University outlines the major roles and functions of the School and its faculty and staff, as well as the policies and procedures that govern academic life within the School. This document is meant to augment but not supersede the Northeastern University Faculty Handbook, or other governance/policy and procedure documents of the University. Faculty and staff are directed to the relevant sections of other University policy and procedures as they apply.

SCCJ Leadership Team

Anthony Braga



Anthony A. Braga is distinguished professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Braga’s record combines deep engagement in Boston and an international reputation as a leading researcher on crime prevention. He collaborates with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to produce high impact scholarship, randomized field experiments, and policy advice on the prevention of crime at problem places, the control of gang violence, and reductions in access to firearms by criminals. Dr. Braga holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

Amy Farrell

Associate Director


Professor Farrell joined the tenure track faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. Prior to that time she served as the assistant director of the Institute on Race and Justice and a faculty researcher at Northeastern University. Her research seeks to understand arrest, adjudication and criminal case disposition practices. Professor Farrell’s research seeks to understanding how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking.

Kevin Drakulich

Undergraduate Director


Professor Drakulich’s recent work addresses three interrelated questions. The first question concerns social processes related to crime and its consequences across space—and in particular across neighborhoods and communities. A second line of research builds on the first by asking how people view crime, disorder, and social control processes within their community. Finally, a third line of research follows this line of thought beyond neighborhoods, examining how people view crime, control, and related policies more broadly, and how these views impact political behavior. Underlying all three of these lines of research are two overarching themes: race and racism, and interpersonal interactions and relationships.

Gregory Zimmerman

Graduate Director


Gregory Zimmerman’s research interests focus on examining the interrelationships among individual-level factors of crime, social context, and criminal offending. This includes investigating the influence of psychological factors on crime across familial, peer, and neighborhood ecologies, and investigating contextual effects on individual-level behavior. Hierarchical linear modeling is particularly important for addressing this research agenda. His teaching interests include research methods in the social sciences, juvenile justice, and criminological and sociological theory.