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Welcome Our New Department of Justice Studies Faculty!


Mark Barash

Dr. Mark Barash

Dr. Barash is coming from Sydney Australia, where he is currently employed as a teaching and research fellow at the Centre for Forensic Science in the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Mark brings with him a wealth of international experience in operational casework, academic teaching, and research in forensic science and other disciplines. He received his PhD in Forensic Genetics from Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia), and his MSc. in Microbiology & Genetics and BSc. in Life Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Reflecting his international biography, Mark speaks Russian, Hebrew, and English. In the last four years, Mark has been employed as a post-doctoral fellow at UTS, where he has been involved in teaching and curriculum development of various subjects, including Forensic Genotyping Technologies, Forensic DNA Profiling, Investigation of Human Remains, Complex Forensic Cases, Foundation of Forensic Science, Criminalistics, and Cell Biology and Genetics.


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.


Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies & Forensic Science

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Are you a good writer? Do you proofread or edit everything you read? Do you want to improve your writing and editing skills, or gain experience publishing? Earn 3 units of JS or FS upper division elective credit as an associate editor for Themis Vol. VIII!

Themis seeks dedicated students to edit its eighth volume (published in May 2020).





  • Evaluate and select papers submitted for publication
  • Communicate with authors
  • Edit submissions for content, writing mechanics, and formatting
  • Lay out the journal for printing
  • Edit and approve proofs
  • Distribute printed journal to authors.



In addition to being listed in the journal as an associate editor, you will gain experience in steps of editing and publishing a journal that is available worldwide!


Must be able to meet weekly deadlines on Canvas. Open to all majors. Upper division or graduate student status. Spring 2020 Themis is JS 180. Email
or for more information and an add code!


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Themis seeks original research papers and book review submissions from SJSU undergraduate and graduate students. Students from any major may submit, but papers must be topically related to justice/injustice, human rights, criminal justice, criminology, law, law enforcement, philosophy of law, philosophy of the courtroom, neuroscience, or any of the forensic sciences.



Selection for publication is competitive. Students may not submit more than two papers per volume. Paper length limited to 30 pages, including reference list. Use APA reference format for social science papers, or JFS format for science papers.

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Email .doc or .docx submissions to

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020


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.