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Michael E. Buerger, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-8905
Email: mbuerge@bgsu.edu

Professor Buerger came to Bowling Green in 2001. Previously he was an associate professor at Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice in Boston. After 9 years as a police officer in New Hampshire he has been a police researcher in a variety of setting, most recently serving as research director for the Jersey City Police Department. His current research interests are problem-oriented and community-oriented policing initiatives, their impact on police management and structures, and the resistance of police culture to reform.


Melissa Burek, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-9542
Email: mwburek@bgsu.edu

Dr. Burek came to Bowling Green in 2003. She was previously the chair and graduate coordinator of the criminal justice department at Saint Ambrose University, in Iowa. She teaches Research Methods (DHS 300), and Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice (CRJU 340), Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice (CRJU 610), and Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (CRJU 640). Her research interests include structural influences on crime (in particular welfare and crime), rehabilitation of offenders, alcohol use on college campuses, and the impact of race and class on crime and the criminal justice system.


Christopher Dunn, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-9177
Email: dunncs@bgsu.edu

Dr. Chris Dunn returned to Bowling Green in 2003 as Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice after a 10 year term as Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) in the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Science (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. Previously at BGSU from 1984-1993, Dr. Dunn was the university’s Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research. Dr. Dunn also serves as the co-founder and co-director of the BGSU Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, a State of Ohio designated Center of Excellence . Dr. Dunn teaches a freshman level course on Foundations of Critical Thinking in Health and Wellness, the graduate course in Research Methods for Criminal Justice, and a graduate topics seminar about violence in the name of religion. His research interests include criminal justice information systems, risk assessment and screening, the spatial and cultural analysis of crime, hate crime with a religious bias (for example, anti-abortion protest violence or anti-Islamic hate crime), and public safety prevention programs (including homicide prevention). Dr. Dunn welcomes collaborations on topics of mutual interest with faculty and graduate students and strongly supports undergraduate research participation.

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Christine Englebrecht, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-9541
Email: cengleb@bgsu.edu

Dr. Christine Englebrecht earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and joined the Bowling Green faculty in 2008. Her primary research interests include victim acknowledgment and reporting to the police, the interaction of offenders, victims, and practitioners in the criminal justice system, and the link between immigration and crime. Recent research projects include an examination of victim participation in the criminal justice system and an exploration of the impact of homicide on surviving family members. Dr. Englebrecht teaches courses on research methods, victimology, corrections, and capital punishment, and serves as the faculty advisor for the undergraduate student organization, the Justice Student Association.


Steven P. Lab, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-2326
Email: slab@bgsu.edu

Professor Lab received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1982. He has been a faculty member at Bowling Green since 1987 and teaches courses in Juvenile Justice (CRJU 330), Crime Prevention (CRJU 320) and Victimology (CRJU 410), among others. His primary research interests are in crime prevention and juvenile justice; he is the author of 3 text books and 2 edited works; and has published over 30 articles on various topics.


John Liederbach, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-1053
Email: jlieder@bgsu.edu

John Liederbach earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas (Denton) from 2001-2007 before coming to BGSU as an Associate Professor. His primary research interest is police behavior, and the focus of his published research is varieties of police behavior across community types, racial profiling, the processing of citizen complaints, police-media relations, and police crime. He has also published research on white-collar crime, including studies focused on medical malpractice and the mortgage default crisis. He is currently co-investigator for a research project funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the US Department of Justice entitledPolice Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested. He has published in a variety of journals including Justice QuarterlyPolice Quarterly, and Criminal Justice Policy Review. He is coauthor ofDigital Crime/Digital Terrorism and Police Patrol Allocation and Deployment (Pearson). He teaches graduate courses on law enforcement and special topics, and undergraduate courses on research methods and senior seminar. He also serves as the CRJU internship coordinator.


Philip Matthew Stinson, Sr., J.D., Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-0373
Email: stinspm@bgsu.edu

Phil Stinson joined the Bowling Green faculty in 2009. He worked previously as a police officer, juvenile detention counselor, attorney, and most recently taught in the Criminology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dr. Stinson serves on the Editorial Board of Criminal Justice Policy Review. His research interests include police behaviors (police crime, police corruption, and police misconduct), newsmaking criminology, program evaluation, and mental health issues in the criminal justice system. He is currently principal investigator for a research project funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the US Department of Justice entitled Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested. Dr. Stinson's research articles have been published inCriminal Justice Policy ReviewInternational Journal of Police Science & ManagementThe Prison Journal, andPolice Quarterly. He teaches Criminal Courts, Criminal Law, Ethics, and Research Methods at the undergraduate level, and Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Criminal Justice Ethics at the graduate level.


Adam M. Watkins, Ph.D.

Phone: 419-372-9540
Email: adammw@bgsu.edu

Dr. Adam Watkins received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He joined the BGSU faculty in 2010. His research interests include juvenile crime and victim decision making. He is also interested in the evaluation of crime control initiatives. Dr. Watkins has been involved in the evaluation of programs intended to reduce gun- and gang-related crime. He is currently taking part in a local effort to lower the rate of reoffending among offenders released from jail and prison. He teaches Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention in the undergraduate program, and the Nature of Crime and Statistics in the graduate program.