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Attention All Students!


Please be aware that the Registrar will only accept Graduation Applications in PAPER FORMAT from the JS Department. Note that the form indicates only SPECIFIC MAJORS may apply online.

ALSO: You must have your Graduation Application and Major Form signed off by your Advisor and turned in to the JS Office AT THE SAME TIME.  

Please pay close attention to the application deadlines listed on the top of the form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please meet with your JS or FS advisor ASAP.


Welcome Our New Department of Justice Studies Faculty!

Mark Barash

Dr. Mark Barash

Dr. Mark Barash has earned his Ph.D. in Forensic Genetics from Bond University, Australia in 2014. His research focused on the genetics of the craniofacial morphology and predicting externally visible traits from a DNA sample. His work has been recognized at international level through several awards and peer-reviewed publications. After graduation he has continued for a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney, where he was involved in multi-disciplinary research, teaching forensic science curriculum and co-supervising over 15 undergraduate and graduate students.

Mark’s passion to forensic science began in 2001, when he joined the Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS) in the Israeli Police, where he worked for almost 9 years as a forensic DNA reporting officer in the rank of Chief Inspector. During his career in Police he analyzed biological evidence from hundreds of criminal cases, including robberies, sexual assaults, homicides and terrorist attacks.

Dr. Barash’s research interests span multidisciplinary areas such as craniofacial genetics, anthropology, biometrics, forensic genealogy, secondary DNA transfer and implementation of massively parallel sequencing in operational casework. Mark’s primary research focuses on bioinformatic analysis of human and microbial DNA evidence towards prediction of externally visible traits, such as facial appearance and pigmentation, as well as other characteristics of potential investigative value on a person-of-interest.

Dr. Barash strongly believes in the importance of understanding both the strengths and the limitations of forensic science, which led him to establish a forensic consulting company “GATACA”, providing independent expert opinion and DNA testing services on criminal and civil cases for private and legal enforcement customers.


warrenDr. Jodie Warren

Dr. Jodie Warren earned her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in the School of Criminology in 2018. Her research was recognized with distinction and the presentation of the Dean’s Convocation medal. Dr. Warren’s research interests include forensic entomology and estimating time since colonization of insects using innovative techniques that employ remote sensing to infer an estimated post-mortem interval in death investigations. Dr. Warren’s most recent research interests involve applying those same techniques to age bloodstains to estimate time since bloodshed in death investigations. She teaches courses in forensic science and death investigation as well as courses in biological explanations and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behavior. Dr. Warren is proud of her First Nations ancestry and her membership in  the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

grace Dr. Grace Howard

Grace Howard earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at Rutgers University in 2017. She was an American Fellow with the American Association of University Women from 2016-2017 and is Co-Director of the Rutgers University Informed Consent Project.

Grace has authored several published works, including The Gender of Crime (2nd edition), “The Limits of Pure White: Raced Reproduction in the Methamphetamine Crisis,” in the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, and “Informed or Misinformed Consent?: Abortion Policy in the United States,” published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Grace’s research areas include law and society, bioethics, the politics of reproduction and reproductive law, gender and public policy, feminist theory and critical race theory. She is currently working on a manuscript that examines the dimensions of legal personhood of pregnant people through the lens of pregnancy-specific crime. Grace is a certified cat lady and sci-fi nerd.


Graduate Programs: M.S. Justice Studies and M.S. Criminology

 justiceAre you interested in continuing your education in justice studies?

By obtaining an M.S. in Justice Studies, graduates are prepared for careers in criminal justice administration, research and policy centers, public institutions, community organizations and nonprofit agencies, as well as for doctoral programs and research positions in public agencies.

If you are interested in furthering your education in justice, we encourage you to learn about the opportunities available to you in the Department of Justice Studies.

For more information about what the program entails or if you have any specific questions, please visit the Graduate Page.