Finn Esbensen

Spring 2016

As the Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I welcome you to our website.  To familiarize yourself with the Department, I encourage you to consult the newsletters available on our website.  These informative newsletters highlight departmental activities and achievements each year.

Last year we were saddened to learn of the passing of our long-time colleague, G. David Curry, who had retired in 2011. A special session was convened at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology to honor Dave’s memory as well as his contributions to the discipline. On a more positive note, we are pleased to welcome a new colleague, Karlijn Kuijpers (Ph.D. Tilburg University, the Netherlands) who joined us as an assistant professor in January 2016. Karlijn was previously on the faculty of Leiden University and her areas of research interest include victimization and intimate partner violence.

We are proud to report that the Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Student Association has established itself as an active student organization. In the past year, visits have been made to the State Prison in Potosi as well as the Federal Correctional Facility in Greeneville, IL. For more information about the CCJUSA, please contact one of the following faculty members who serve as advisors to the organization: Professor Tim Maher, Professor TJ Taylor, or Professor Matt Vogel.

If you have questions, I would be happy to hear from you by phone (314) 516-4619 or email

For information about the Undergraduate program, contact Dr. Tim Maher at (314) 516-5026 or

For information about the Master's program or our Doctoral program, contact Dr. Beth Huebner at (314) 516-5043 or

Best wishes for a productive and informative year.

Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chair
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence