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Institute of Crime Science


Dr. James Frank, Ph.D

Dr. James Frank received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  He is a professor in School of Criminal Justice and the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and the Institute for Crime Science.  Dr. Frank’s research primarily focuses on understanding the behavior of street-level police officers, officer decision making during interactions with the public and citizen attitudes toward the police.  His funded policing research projects have examined officer use of police technology involving gunshot location programs and the use of non-emergency call numbers, the hiring practices of police agencies, the work routines of police officers, the influence of race on traffic stops, citizen attitudes toward the police and the implementation of problem solving strategies.  He has also been involved in funded studies examining juror understanding of death penalty instructions, sentencing in state and federal courts and the impact of collateral consequences of conviction in Ohio.  He has published articles in Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Policing:  An International Journal of Police Strategy and Management.  He is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He teaches in the areas of policing, legal issues and criminal justice. 

Dr. Nicholas A. Corsaro, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicholas Corsaro is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2007.  His research focuses on strategic crime prevention programs directed by law enforcement, problem-oriented policing, program evaluation, and research methods.  Recently, he has served as a principle investigator and researcher for a number of state and federally funded projects that evaluate strategies designed to disrupt open-air drug markets within targeted neighborhoods.  His recent publications have appeared in Crime & Delinquency,Evaluation ReviewJournal of Quantitative CriminologyJournal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Dr. John Eck, Ph.D

Dr. John Eck earned his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland in 1994.  Prior to that, he had worked on police reform for 17 years as Research Director of the Police Executive Research Forum.  He is known for his work on investigations management, problem-oriented policing, and preventing crime at high crime places.  Dr. Eck focuses on developing practical solutions to crime problems based on sound research and rigorous theory.  In addition to publishing many academic papers, he has created numerous guides for police and others interested in preventing crime.  In 2001, he assisted the Federal Court in negotiating a suit alleging racial discrimination in police enforcement practices.  The result was the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement.  Dr. Eck was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on police research and policy.  He teaches courses on police effectiveness and preventing crime at places.  When he has the time, he likes to sculpt granite and other hard rock.

Dr. Robin S. Engel, Ph.D

Dr. Robin S. Engel is the Vice President of Safety and Reform at the University of Cincinnati. She received her doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. For the past twenty years, Dr. Engel has engaged in research and evaluation in the field of criminal justice, and worked directly with practitioners to implement crime reduction strategies while enhancing citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy. Dr. Engel’s work includes establishing academic-practitioner partnerships and promoting best practices in policing, with expertise in empirical assessments of police behavior, police use of force, police-minority relations, police supervision and management, criminal justice policies, criminal gangs, and crime reduction strategies. She has served as the Principal Investigator for over 60 contracts and grants, and provides statistical and policy consulting for international, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies. For the last several years, she has been ranked among the top four academics, and the number one female academic in the field of criminal justice/criminology based on scholarly publications in the most elite peer-reviewed journals (Khey et al., 2011; Orrick & Weir, 2011). Her publications include empirical examinations of racial profiling, police use of force, and police supervision. She is the Principal Investigator for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which resulted in several prestigious team awards including the 2008 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) / Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the 2009 IACP/ West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations, and the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.  In October 2011, Dr. Engel was one of a handful of American policing experts and the only academic selected to participate in an international forum on gang violence in 2011 hosted by the Home Office and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  International work also includes research and speaking engagements regarding various aspects of evidence-based policing practices and police accountability in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Canada.  Based on her experiences working directly with law enforcement agencies, in April 2015 she was an invited participant to the White House for a working session on Technology and Data Innovation for Transparency and Accountability in Policing hosted by the John and Laura Arnold Foundation. She teaches courses on policing and criminal justice theory/practice at the doctorate, masters, and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Cory Haberman, Ph.D.

Dr. Cory Haberman is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He received his PhD from Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice in 2015. Dr. Haberman’s primary research interests are environmental criminology and police effectiveness. Specifically, his research focuses on understanding why crime occurs when and where it does and then how to use that insight to improve police effectiveness. In 2014, he was the recipient of the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship for his dissertation work on hot spots policing in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Haberman’s work has been published in leading journals, such as Criminology, Journal of Experimental Criminology, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Haberman’s research interests include: environmental criminology, crime analysis, and police effectiveness. 

Dr. Edward J. Latessa

Dr. Edward J. Latessa received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1979 and is Director and Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Latessa has published over 150 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice.  He is co-author of eight books including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America.  Professor Latessa has directed over 150 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed over 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in forty-eight states.  Dr. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90). He has also received several awards including; Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010), Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (2010), Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers of America (2010), Community Hero Award presented by Community Resources for Justice, (2010), the Bruce Smith Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2010), the George Beto Scholar, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, (2009), the Mark Hatfield Award for Contributions in public policy research by The Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University (2008), the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Juvenile Justice Court Services Association (2007), the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology (2004), the Simon Dinitz Criminal Justice Research Award from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (2002), the Margaret Mead Award for dedicated service to the causes of social justice and humanitarian advancement by the International Community Corrections Association (2001), the Peter P. Lejins Award for Research from the American Correctional Association (1999); ACJS Fellow Award (1998); ACJS Founders Award (1992); and the Simon Dinitz award by the Ohio Community Corrections Organization.  In 2013 he was identified as one of the most innovative people in criminal justice by a national survey conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Christopher J. Sullivan

Dr. Christopher J. Sullivan is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University in 2005.  His main research interests include developmental and life-course criminology; juvenile delinquency and prevention policy; and research methodology and analytic methods.  He has published roughly 70 academic articles and book chapters on various justice and criminology-related topics.  Since 2000, he has worked as a Data Analyst or Principal Investigator on several federally or state-funded evaluations of diversion programs, treatment for specialized correctional populations, and juvenile drug courts.  His recent research has been funded by the State of Ohio, National Institute of Justice, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.