What We're All About

Dr. Beth Richie standing in front of Chicago skyline

The Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice is a thriving academic community of scholars, teachers and students who are dedicated to studying all aspects of crime and justice as well as societal reactions to both. We examine the social, cultural and political forces that shape the definitions and content of criminal law and influence policy choices about how to respond to particular crime problems. Further, we study the individual, social and structural forces that influence criminal behavior and examine the functioning of crime control systems. The members of our faculty are well-published leaders in their fields, and are dedicated to providing the best education possible to our undergraduate and graduate students.


CLJ research area clusters: 

(For more research interests and topics of CLJ faculty see our Faculty page)

  • Intersectional Critical Criminology (Including Critical Theories of Race, Class, Gender, and Disability)
  • Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Abolition and Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Policing
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Re-entry & Community Supervision
  • Carceral Studies/ Critical Prison Studies
  • Courts and Law
  • Qualitative Criminology
  • Dimensions of Space and Place In Violence, Crime and Policing
  • Crimmigration/ Migration/ Mobility
  • Chicago-area focused research and partnerships