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Department of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is the scientific study of crime, delinquent and criminal behavior, and society’s response. Through our curriculum, students examine a variety of theoretical perspectives and competing viewpoints, and are equipped with the analytical and research tools for understanding and exploring issues of crime and justice. 

Our goal is to help students develop a body of general and verified principles and other types of knowledge regarding the process of law, crime and treatment or prevention.

Faculty
Richard Wright
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, 311G
Email: richard.wright@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Burlington College
MA, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Kyung-shick Choi
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, 311D
Email: kyungshick.choi@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, Northeastern University
MS, Boston University
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jo-Ann Della Giustina
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Internship Coordinator
Maxwell Library, 311E
Email: jdellagiustina@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Clark University
MA, Columbia College
JD, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center 

Aviva Twersky Glasner
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Faculty Research Associate
Maxwell Library, 311H
Email: atwerskyglasner@bridgew.edu
Degrees

AA, Ocean County College
BA, Thomas Edison State College of New Jersey
MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
PhD, City University of New York

Robert Grantham
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, Room 311P
Email: robert.grantham@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BBA, Loyola Marymount University
MA, Pepperdine University
MS, PhD, Perdue University

Jennifer Hartsfield
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Graduate Program Coordinator
Maxwell Library, 311C
Email: jennifer.hartsfield@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, MA, PhD, University of Oklahoma

Mitchell L. Librett
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, 311J
Email: mlibrett@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BFA, University of Arizona
PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center

Khadija Monk
Assistant Professor
Maxwell Library, Room 311N
Email: khadija.monk@bridgew.edu


Dr. Monk's research centers on using the principles of environmental criminology to develop effective crime-specific prevention strategies.  Professor Monk recently examined how crime is managed in central business districts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  While pursuing her doctorate and working as a research associate with the University of Cincinnati Policing Institute, Professor Monk traveled across Ohio helping cities to implement and antiviolence campaign based on the Boston Gun Project, referred to as the Ohio Community Initiative to Reduce Violence.  In addtion, she worked as a community crime analyst for Cincinnati's Community Police Partnering Center.  this organization sought to improve the relationship between the police and high-crime communities in an effort to address crime and disorder problems.  Professor Monk has taught at the University of Cincinnati and for the California State University system.

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Criminology
Crime Prevention
Policing

Degrees

BA, MS, PhD, University of Cincinnati

Mia Ortiz
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, 311F
Email: mia.ortiz@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, University of California at Riverside
MA, San Francisco State University
PhD, City University of New York

Carolyn Petrosino
Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, 311B
Email: cpetrosino@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Howard university
MSW, PhD, Rutgers University

Staff
Moira O'Brien
Administrative Assistant I
Maxwell Library, 311
Email: mobrien@bridgew.edu
Department Chair
Dr.
Richard Wright
Administrative Assistant
Moira O'Brien
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr.
Jennifer Hartsfield
Internship Coordinator
Dr.
Jo-Ann Della Giustina

The department offers BS and MS degrees in Criminal Justice as well as a joint degree program enabling students to earn both degrees with just one additional year of full-time study. Each program gives students a focused interdisciplinary exposure to the process of making laws and breaking laws, society’s response to crime and punishment, and the related social, political, legal and economic problems and issues.  

The Criminal Justice programs at Bridgewater are designed to provide students with excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as for careers in criminal justice.

Department of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library
Room 311
508.531.2107