Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University

Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University The department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University is a top-ranked program offering BA/BS, MA, and PhD degrees in Criminology, Law and Society and an MS degree in Criminal Justice.

Campus Location 354 Enterprise Hall

Mission: The mission of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society is to provide a rich educational experience for our students and to generate research and scholarship that informs public policy and criminal justice system practice. At the undergraduate level, our mission is to provide students with a strong foundation in a liberal arts education through focused study on the justice system. We aim to develop in our students a critical understanding of the criminal justice system and how that system relates to broader ideas and ideals of justice, equality and human rights. Our goal is to encourage students to go beyond narrow technical topics to grasp the larger role of the criminal justice system in society. Our graduates should have a broad perspective on the justice system, as well as the competence needed to compete effectively and advance in their chosen field, be it criminal justice, human services, homeland security, or graduate study in the social sciences in law. At the graduate level, our mission is to instill in students the ability to apply academic expertise to crime and justice problems and enable our students to become the future generation of leaders in the fields of criminology, and law and society. Thus, we seek to translate scholarly research to policy and practice, both within the criminal justice system and in the broader society. Students will become researchers, teachers, and policy experts in academia, government, and private organizations. There are growing needs for broadly trained justice experts, and our graduate program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a successful, advanced career in the justice field in both academic and applied settings.

Today is Giving Day at Mason!  Please consider supporting the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and encouraging...
04/04/2019
Give Online Today

Today is Giving Day at Mason! Please consider supporting the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and encouraging alumni and friends of the department to do the same. Donations can be made at http://bit.ly/GivetoCLS or by clicking on GIVE at cls.gmu.edu.

Additional details about the #GivetoMason event are available at: http://bit.ly/GivingDayMason

We are excited to announce that all three CLS Undergraduate Academic Advisors received nominations for Mason's Academic ...
03/26/2019

We are excited to announce that all three CLS Undergraduate Academic Advisors received nominations for Mason's Academic Advisor of the Year. Congrats to Elli Ambros, Kristin Tyburczy, and Olivia Inturias! Thanks for all you do!

"For years, many people hailed body-worn cameras as a potential key to improving police transparency and strengthening o...
03/25/2019
Police Body Cameras Aren't Having the Effects Many Expected

"For years, many people hailed body-worn cameras as a potential key to improving police transparency and strengthening often-fractured relationships with the communities they serve. But so far, academic research suggests the technology largely hasn't lived up to those expectations."

What’s likely the most comprehensive review of research on body cameras shows that they're most often used to prosecute citizens, not police. And while they've led to fewer citizen complaints, their impact on other aspects of policing, such as use of force, is less certain.

New research from CLS faculty and doctoral students:  "It’s likely that body-worn cameras alone will not be an easy pa...
03/25/2019
Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras Limited, Study Says

New research from CLS faculty and doctoral students: "It’s likely that body-worn cameras alone will not be an easy panacea for improving police performance, accountability, and relationships with citizens.”

A review of 70 studies of police body-worn cameras finds that they win support from police and private citizens alike, but their impact on officer behavior and on citizen views of the police is not consistent.

03/17/2019
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New #research from Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University professor Beidi Dong found that school-suspension is more likely to predict youth drug use than police arrests. Read more about the study >> http://bit.ly/2HTGpAQ

CLS doctoral student Bill Johnson publishes article about hate crime policy in Police Chief Magazine.
03/12/2019
The Importance and Structure of a Written Hate Crime Policy - Police Chief Magazine

CLS doctoral student Bill Johnson publishes article about hate crime policy in Police Chief Magazine.

Written policy can serve as a bridge between hate crime legislation and implementation of that law by providing officers with information and a standard that the agency expects them to follow. If made publicly available, written hate crime policies might also increase reporting from victims by commu...

Congrats to Dr. Charlotte Gill! Prof Gill, assistant professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was honored with the 201...
03/12/2019

Congrats to Dr. Charlotte Gill! Prof Gill, assistant professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award at the Virginia State Council of Higher Education awards ceremony on March 7.

Charlotte Gill, assistant professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award fro...
02/19/2019

Charlotte Gill, assistant professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for her superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

This January, criminology, law and society students from George Mason University joined a study abroad program to Munich...
02/05/2019
Students explore the rise of Nazi Party and Nuremberg Trials in study abroad program

This January, criminology, law and society students from George Mason University joined a study abroad program to Munich, Nuremberg, and Vienna that looked at the crimes of the Nazi party and efforts at restitution and justice after World War II.

Andrew Novak, term assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, led a study abroad program to Germany and Austria during...

"There is very little evidence that these programs have a short-term impact on crime; they may have a long-term impact."...
01/15/2019
Year-over-year crime stats drop for the city

"There is very little evidence that these programs have a short-term impact on crime; they may have a long-term impact." - CLS Professor David Weisburd on policing and crime rates in New York City.

The New York Police Department's preliminarily report shows 753 shootings in 2018 compared with 787 in 2017. Homicides totaled 289 compared with 292 in 2017.

In the blog post below, CLS professor Danielle Rudes writes about how to help undergraduate students find their research...
01/15/2019
Blog

In the blog post below, CLS professor Danielle Rudes writes about how to help undergraduate students find their research potential: "The message here is simple. Do not just talk about research, do not just teach undergraduates how to do research…LET THEM DO IT!"

Pictured above: (far left) GMU Undergrad Student Researchers Bryce McKune & Heather Pickett, (center) GMU 2017 summer research team: Sabrine Baiou, Casey Tabas, Shannon Magnuson (ABD), Dr. Danielle...

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Criminology, Law and Society professor Christopher Koper is spearhead...
01/15/2019
Finding solutions to prevent incidents of mass violence | George Mason

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Criminology, Law and Society professor Christopher Koper is spearheading a project to examine the root causes of mass violence.

With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

Calling all CLS undergrads! Submit your paper for the 2019 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary L...
12/04/2018
Awards

Calling all CLS undergrads! Submit your paper for the 2019 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies from the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. Deadline is Jan 15th. Details here: https://www.culjp.com/awards.html

2019 Teaching Innovation Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Teaching Deadline: Jan 15, 2019

Mason Police Cadets (many of whom are criminology, law and society majors!) organized a "Coffee with a Cop" event today ...
12/04/2018

Mason Police Cadets (many of whom are criminology, law and society majors!) organized a "Coffee with a Cop" event today to interact with members of the Mason community and promote awareness of the safety and security services they offer on campus.

For more info about the cadet program, go to: https://police.gmu.edu/programs-and-services/police-cadets/

It is Giving Tuesday. If you are in a generous mood, please consider supporting the students and faculty in the Departme...
11/27/2018
Give Online Today

It is Giving Tuesday. If you are in a generous mood, please consider supporting the students and faculty in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Thank you!

11/14/2018

Congrats to all CLS faculty who will receive awards at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting this week!

Dr. Danielle Rudes - ASC Teaching Award
Dr. Faye Taxman - ASC Fellow
Dr. David Weisburd - James Short Senior Scholar Award, Division of Communities and Place
Dr. Robert Norris - Best Article Award, Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice

More than 40 faculty, grad students, and undergraduates from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society are in Atlan...
11/14/2018
American Society of Criminology - 74th Annual Meeting 2018

More than 40 faculty, grad students, and undergraduates from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society are in Atlanta this week to present research at the American Society for Criminology annual meeting! For details, search for "George Mason University" in the program linked below.

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CLS Professor Cynthia Lum interviewed about evidence-based policing for the Criminal (In)Justice podcast.
11/14/2018
#93: Evidence Based Policing

CLS Professor Cynthia Lum interviewed about evidence-based policing for the Criminal (In)Justice podcast.

We often hear about new methods police try to achieve better results against crime. But do the police have any reason to believe that their new approaches will work? Are their new initiatives based on hope, or on actual evidence that they will really help?

TODAY! Come hear James Forman Jr. deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, C...
10/25/2018

TODAY! Come hear James Forman Jr. deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, Class and the Politics of Mass Incarceration." 4:30pm on 10/25 at the MIX.

Mr. Forman is a Yale law school professor who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, he was a public defender in DC, taught at Georgetown Law and co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in DC for youth with criminal records. He is also a former member of advisory board for the Criminology, Law and Society Department at Mason.

TONIGHT! Support the CLS Grad Student Assn at their Trivia Night fundraiser 7:30pm, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free...
10/18/2018

TONIGHT! Support the CLS Grad Student Assn at their Trivia Night fundraiser 7:30pm, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free to play and all are invited!

CLS Prof David Weisburd: “There’s a place for stop, question and frisk in policing, but it’s not a 700,000-stops-i...
10/10/2018
Stop And Frisk Doesn't Work, Despite What Donald Trump Says

CLS Prof David Weisburd: “There’s a place for stop, question and frisk in policing, but it’s not a 700,000-stops-in-a-city place, carried out by untrained police officers, newly out of the academy. It shouldn’t be used as a general strategy. You don’t apply an overwhelming radiation treatment to somebody that has a cold.”

Chicago already tried it. New York tried it, too.

Mark Your Calendars! James Forman Jr. will be on campus October 25 to deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the...
10/04/2018

Mark Your Calendars! James Forman Jr. will be on campus October 25 to deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, Class and the Politics of Mass Incarceration." 4:30pm on 10/25 at the MIX.

Mr. Forman is a Yale law school professor who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, he was a public defender in DC, taught at Georgetown Law and co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in DC for youth with criminal records. He is also a former member of advisory board for the Criminology, Law and Society Department at Mason.

Back by popular demand! The CLS Grad Student Association Trivia Night is at 7pm on October 18th, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfa...
10/03/2018
CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

Back by popular demand! The CLS Grad Student Association Trivia Night is at 7pm on October 18th, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free to play and all are invited!

The Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Student Association is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on October 18th! Come test your general and...

CLS professors Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper will be the new editors of the journal Criminology & Public Policy. Read thei...
09/26/2018
Criminology & Public Policy - Wiley Online Library

CLS professors Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper will be the new editors of the journal Criminology & Public Policy. Read their editorial statement here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17459133

Criminology & Public Policy is devoted to the study of criminal justice policy and practice. The journal’s central objective is to strengthen the role of research in the formulation of crime and justice policy through publishing empirically based, policy-focused articles.

For the second year in a row, undergrads studying with CLS professor Danielle Rudes, doctoral candidate Shannon Magnuson...
08/31/2018
Students spend the summer researching solitary confinement | George Mason

For the second year in a row, undergrads studying with CLS professor Danielle Rudes, doctoral candidate Shannon Magnuson, and other Mason researchers spent their summer vacation researching solitary confinement.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) seeks to make scientific research a key compo...
08/21/2018
Mason's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy looks ahead to next 10 years | George Mason

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies.

For the past 10 years, the center has served as an informational bridge to practitioners and the policy community.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

07/30/2018

We're hiring! The Dept of Criminology, Law and Society encourages applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin fall 2019: http://bit.ly/2KdyzOw

There will be demolition and construction during the next phase of the Core Campus project this fall. Looking forward to...
07/26/2018
What’s next for the Core Campus Project | George Mason

There will be demolition and construction during the next phase of the Core Campus project this fall. Looking forward to the new Robinson building - the Department of Criminology, Law and Society's future home!

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

CLS professor Allison Redlich worked with researchers from the Navajo Nation-serving Diné College in Arizona during the...
07/24/2018
Diné College professor, students research effects of mass shootings with Mason's CINA Center | George Mason

CLS professor Allison Redlich worked with researchers from the Navajo Nation-serving Diné College in Arizona during their 10-week stay at Mason’s Criminal Investigations Network Analysis Center (CINA). The scholars pursued cutting-edge research on the public’s response to mass shooting with the goal of stopping copycat/related acts of violence.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

“The law enforcement culture really needs to own a guardian mindset rather than a warrior mindset. ... We want them to...
07/06/2018
Why police officers are rarely convicted in shootings

“The law enforcement culture really needs to own a guardian mindset rather than a warrior mindset. ... We want them to be not an occupying force; we want them to be on the side of the citizens,” CLS Professor Laurie Robinson said.

Antwon Rose is among an estimated 900 to 1,000 people experts predict will die this year from police bullets. Michael Rosfeld, the East Pittsburgh police ...

Looking to acquire a job or advance your career in the field of criminal justice?  The MS in Criminal Justice program is...
06/25/2018
Programs: MS in Criminal Justice

Looking to acquire a job or advance your career in the field of criminal justice? The MS in Criminal Justice program is still accepting applications for fall 2018! Submit your materials by August 10th.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice advances the knowledge, skills, and career prospects of early-to-mid-career criminal justice...

CLS doctoral candidate Bill Johnson was interviewed about hate crimes in Virginia for this WTOP article.
06/06/2018
Number of hate crimes increased in Virginia in 2017

CLS doctoral candidate Bill Johnson was interviewed about hate crimes in Virginia for this WTOP article.

The latest report from the Virginia State Police found 2017 saw a marked increase in the number of crimes considered hate crimes. The report details the number and types of crimes committed in the state in 2017.

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco offered 3 pieces of advice to CHSS Social Science graduates at the degree celebration...
06/04/2018
The college hosts two celebratory ceremonies for 2018 graduates

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco offered 3 pieces of advice to CHSS Social Science graduates at the degree celebration: always have grit, express gratitude to the people who believe in you, and constantly pursue justice.

At its degree celebrations, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences sends off its doctors, masters, and bachelors with an enthusiastic salute.

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