Our mission is to conduct and disseminate first-rate research on crime and justice, to provide outstanding teaching, and to serve our campus, community, and profession with the utmost distinction. We strive to be a vibrant interdisciplinary department that promotes synergy among research, teaching, and service to students and our respective fields of study. We firmly believe that such synergy produces dynamism in the educational environment we offer and drives the identification of issues that form the basis of our excellence in scholarly productivity. The following goals shape our efforts:

  • Foster a collegial environment that celebrates our passion for learning
  • Recruit, retain, and develop a diverse and exceptionally talented student body
  • Provide high quality courses and other means of instruction that meet students’ needs
  • Enable and promote new knowledge through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • Reach the highest standards of scholarship reflective of our University’s world-class status
  • Embrace the opportunity to contribute each of our strengths to the evolving character of the discipline of criminal justice
  • Nurture the commitment to making a difference in the world and to serving society
  • Deepen our sensitivity to visible and invisible injustices
  • Recognize our responsibilities to one another and facilitate our professional development

Our goals contribute to our vision of capitalizing on our faculty and students’ wide range of disciplinary training, teaching experiences, scholarship, and personal strengths to build and maintain a first-rate, interdisciplinary educational program marked by a firm commitment to the liberal arts.

Research Mission

The primary research mission of the Indiana University Department of Criminal Justice is to produce world class scholarship in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.  As an interdisciplinary department, faculty and graduate students address fundamental issues of crime and justice from diverse disciplinary perspectives using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods and in accordance with the highest standards of major research universities.  Research in the department spans the subfields of criminology and criminal justice and expands each of them in vital new ways.  Faculty and graduate students seek to publish our scholarship in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals and in the foremost university and commercial presses and to obtain research support from major public and private agencies and foundations.  Our goal is to lead in the development of criminological and criminal justice research and theory. 

Criminal Justice faculty and graduate students examine the nature and causes of crime and the systems and practices of criminal justice in path-breaking ways.  Our efforts to expand the boundaries of these fields are evident in the breadth of our research interests, which include: the fundamental nature of crime; developmental criminology; crime, law, and psychology; crime and youth development; social, economic, and environmental justice; the role of private law and civil law agencies in the administration of justice; international and cross-cultural dimensions of crime and justice; policing; public health and crime; white collar crime; patterns of criminal sentencing; and the relationship between crime and gender, race, and ethnicity.    

Faculty and graduate student research, both quantitative and qualitative, has been supported by funds from a number of major agencies and foundations.  The most notable among these are:  the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Hays Faculty Fellowship Program, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.