Criminology is a growing discipline with the potential for transformative education. The Criminology major serves as a mechanism for integrating new research and literature into the liberal arts education. It enables students to explore theories, frameworks and methods for understanding crime and punishment. By exposing students to the complexities of the criminal legal system, the Criminology major equips socially conscious individuals to address the challenges of crime and punishment in society.

The Criminology Department highlights the processes and institutions of the criminal legal system with an emphasis on social policy. Criminology is a discipline of critical thinkers who serve society in various capacities such as police officers, lawyers, correctional officers, judges, legislators, social service providers, etc. Students develop a moral, philosophical, historical and scientific foundation of our criminal legal system from which to perform their duties in the workplace. 


Megan Alderden, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Criminology
University of Illinois-Chicago

Xavier Perez, PhD
Instructor of Criminology
University of Illinois-Chicago

Rhonda DeLong, PhD
Instructor of Criminology
Western Michigan University

Geneva Brown, JD
Instructor of Criminology
University of Wisconsin Law School

J. Michael Vecchio, PhD
Instructor of Criminology
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Affiliated Faculty

Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health
University of Illinois-Chicago

Beth Catlett, PhD
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
The Ohio State University

Sungsoon (Julie) Hwang, PhD
Professor of Geology
State University of New York at Buffalo

Jacqueline Lazú, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish
Stanford University

Christina Rivers, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
Cornell University

Daniel Schober, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Health
University of Kansas

Neil Vincent, PhD
Professor of Social Work
University of Illinois-Chicago

José Soltero, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Arizona