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New Faculty Alert:

Welcome Dr. Mark Barash, Dr. Jodie Warren, and Dr. Grace Howard to the Justice Studies Department! 


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 PhD 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.


 Spring Convocation

The Justice Studies Task force will be hosting the spring Convocation for Justice Studies and Forensic Science graduates! Please read this entire announcement.

This is the Justice Studies Department Convocation, NOT the College of Health and Human Services Commencement. Grads will be able to participate in both the Department ceremony and the College ceremony at Avaya Stadium.

The JS Convocation will be in

Morris Dailey Auditorium on Thursday, May 23 from 9:30-11:30 AM.

The deadline has passed to sign up to participate in the Justice Studies convocation.

Students can still register for the College of Health and Human Sciences commencement. For more information, go to the SJSU Commencement website:

Convocation tickets will be available starting April 15 at the SJSU Event Center Box Office. Each graduate participating in convocation will get two free tickets; the Justice Studies Task Force will determine how many tickets grads may purchase as soon as they know how many students will be participating in our convocation ceremony.

For more information go to the Justice Studies Task force website:

The Justice Studies Department Proudly Announces the 2019 Scholarship Competition Honoring Prominent Persons Associated with the Department:

  • Shelby B. Brewer Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • Kristofer Boaz Claspill Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • Daniel P. Lomio Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • Willard "Huck" Schmidt Memorial Scholarship [PDF]
  • J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Leadership Scholarship [PDF]
  • California Association of Criminalists Reed McLaughlin Endowment [PDF]
  • Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

These scholarships, worth $1,000 to $6000, are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Justice Studies—over $25,000 in scholarships!  Students may apply for more than one scholarship.

How to Submit Applications:

Submit a paper and an electronic copy of the Justice Studies Scholarship Application Form and required documents.

  1. Review the Justice Studies Department Scholarship Instructions form first! Every scholarship has different requirements so reading this form is very important.
  2. Drop off a paper copy at the Justice Studies Department, MacQuarrie Hall 524, by 5:00 PM, Monday May 6th, 2019.  
  3. Email the same materials by midnight,  Monday May 6th, 2019 to Scholarship Chair Jan Hagemann, at

Deadline for in-person Master's program has been extended to May 1, 2019. 

Are 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.

The Department of Justice Studies has extended the deadline for the Master's in Justice Studies to May 1, 2019.  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.