Finn Esbensen

Fall 2013

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.   
The Department would like to welcome two new faculty members: Dan Isom joins as the Professor of Policing and the Community (Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis) and Elaine Doherty joins the Department as an Associate Professor (Ph.D. from the University of Maryland).  We are extremely pleased to be joined by these two scholars.    
The CCJ faculty continues to publish in the leading journals, receive federal research grants, and garner awards.  Professor Janet Lauritsen has been appointed as Curators’ Professor (joining three other faculty members with this honorific title). Professor Rick Rosenfeld is this year’s recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service, becoming the first faculty member to receive all three Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. He has previously received the awards for teaching and for research and creative activity.  Professor Stephanie DiPietro is this year’s recipient of the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor DiPietro was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Bosnia-Herzogovina in 2014.  
The Department continues to increase its online course offerings for students enrolled in the undergraduate program.  As of last year, we now offer online all courses required to complete the BS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The following courses are available for online instruction:
CRIMIN 1100 Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice
CRIMIN 1110 Theories of Crime

CRIMIN 1120 Criminal Law
CRIMIN 2130 Criminal Justice Policy
CRIMIN 2210 Research Methods
CRIMIN 2220 Statistics
CRIMIN 2240 Policing
CRIMIN 2250 Courts

CRIMIN 3230 Crime Prevention
CRIMIN 3345 Rights of the Offender
CRIMIN 4320 Forms of Criminal Behavior
CRIMIN 4325 Gender, Crime and Justice
CRIMIN 4335 Probation and Parole
CRIMIN 4390 Seminar in Criminology & Criminal Justice
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 academic year.
Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chair
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence