Faculty & Staff

Justice Studies Department
MacQuarrie Hall 524
Phone: 408-924-2931
Fax: 408-924-2953
Zip: 0050


Department Chair


 

James Lee James Lee, Ph.D.

 Office: MH 524      
 Email: james.lee@sjsu.edu 
 Phone: 408-924-5866
 Office Hours: T-Th 1:00-2:00 PM & by appointment (Hours may change)

  

 


Staff Contacts


 Jonelle WhitingJonelle

 Department Analyst
 Office: MH 524B
 408-924-2951

 

Carol Carol Santos

 Administrative Support Coordinator
 Office: MH 524
 408-924-2180

 

Alec  Alec Giurlani

 Student Assistant
 Office: MH 524
 408-924-2952

 

 

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 Elsa Kebede 

 Student Assistant
 Office: MH 524
 408-924-2952

 


Faculty Contact and Office Hours 


Abusad  Roni Abusaad, Ph.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: Online
 Email: roni.abusaad@sjsu.edu
 Phone: Online
 Office Hours: Email Professor Directly

 


Adams Ericka Adams, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor, Human Rights Coordinator
 Office: MH 528
 Email: ericka.adams@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-476-7626
 Office Hours: M/W 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 

  Ericka B. Adams, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San José State University.  Dr. Adams has published in the areas of crime and deviance in Trinidad and Tobago, crime control strategies implemented within underprivileged neighborhoods, as well as female substance abuse.  Her current research interests center on the impact of violence on communities in Trinidad and Tobago, the exclusionary practices that accompany a criminal record, and whether criminal expungement transforms the lives of those who have been previously incarcerated. 


Dr. Yoko Baba Yoko Baba, Ph.D.
 Professor
 Office: MH 528
 Email: yoko.baba@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-5334
 Office Hours: Th 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm                                                      

 

  Yoko Baba, Ph.D., originally from Japan, obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. She has been at San José State University since 1990.  Prior to joining SJSU’s Justice Studies Department in 2011, she was a professor in the sociology department. Dr. Baba’s research interests are in the areas of Criminology, Violence in the Family, Neighborhood Safety, and Japanese-Brazilian Communities in Japan and Brazil.  Some of her research was published in Violence Against WomenJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social WorkJournal of Sociology and Social WelfareAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice,Sociological Focus, and Sociological Spectrum. Since 2006, she has served as the coordinator of SJSU’s Silicon Valley Center Global Studies. She served as Resident Director for the California State University International Programs in Japan in AY 2012-2013. 


 headShawna Bolton, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor, Forensic Science Coordinator
 Office: MH 511
 Email: shawna.bolton@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-8974
 Office Hours: T/Th 11:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   

 

  Shawna Bolton, Ph.D., is an associate Professor here at San Jose State University, working in Forensic Science. She recieved her Ph.D. in Forensic Science from the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom) in 2015. She specializes in Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Taphonomy. Her research includes the investigation of postmortem molecular biology and its application in Criminal Justice. 


 

 Natalie ProfileNatalie Birthelmer, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email
 Email: natalie.birthelmer@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2753
 Office Hours: W 2:45 pm- 3:45 pm

 

 


 Louise ProfileLouise Buckingham, M.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email
 Email: louise.buckingham@sjsu.edu
 Phone: N/A
 Office Hours: Email Professor Directly
 

 

 

 


 headAmber Colbert, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email
 Email: amber.colbert@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-1842
 Office Hours: Online by Appointment

 


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 Alessandro De Giorgi, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor
 Office: MH 508B
 Email: alessandro.degiorgi@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2967
 Office Hours: M/W 12:00 pm-1:00 pm & M 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Online

 

  Alessandro De Giorgi received his PhD in Criminology from Keele University (United Kingdom) in 2005. Before joining the Department of Justice Studies in 2007, he was a research fellow in Criminology at the University of Bologna (Italy) and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (University of California, Berkeley).

Alessandro De Giorgi is member of the Law & Society Association, the American Sociological Association, and the American Society of Criminology.


di salvo Joseph Di Salvo, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: N/A
 Email: joseph.disalvo@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2745
 Office Hours: Before/After Class

   

 

  Mr. Di Salvo has written many columns on education that have been widely   published. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University’s School of Education. A passionate supporter of public education, he particularly emphasizes increasing access to high quality early learning; expanding the offerings of civics courses to encourage young people to get involved in the democratic process and vote; bringing school district leaders and elected school board members together to collaborate and cooperate with charter school management; and encouraging a collective impact strategic plan. Read more


jg Jeremiah Garrido, B.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: N/A     
 Email: jeremiah.garrido@sjsu.edu   
 Phone: 408-924-7285
 Office Hours: M/T 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

 

  Jeremiah Garrido is currently a Criminalist/DNA Analyst assigned to the Forensic Biology Unit of the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory. His primary duties at the Crime Laboratory include assisting law enforcement in processing crime scenes for physical evidence, performing forensic DNA analysis and providing expert witness testimony in court. He has provided analysis and expert testimony in various cases involving violent homicides, sexual assault investigations, property crimes and cold cases. He holds a BS in Forensic Science and a BS in Chemistry from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. In addition to having the opportunity to work on criminal cases from the crime scene to the crime laboratory, he has taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Science at local colleges in San Jose and often provides Forensic Science training to professionals in the law enforcement and legal communities. 


 headSambuddha Ghatak, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Office: MH 513     
 Email: sambuddha.ghatak@sjsu.edu 
 Phone: 408-924-1836
 Office Hours: M/W 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

 

  Sambuddha Ghatak received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Before joining the Department of Justice Studies in 2017, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee since 2014. He has taught a wide range of classes including Political Science, Terrorism, Conflict Processes and American Government and Politics.


 headJohn Halushka, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Office: MH 513
 Email: john.halushka@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-1311
 Office Hours: T/Th 1:30 - 2:30 pm

  John Halushka is an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University. He specializes in Criminology, Law and Society, Poverty and Racial Inequality, Social Policy, and Non-Profit Organizations. His current projects that are in progress include a manuscript entitled, “The Runaround: Criminal Justice and Welfare Bureaucracies in the Daily Lives of Formerly Incarcerated Men”.


 Chris Hebert, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Office: MH 527
 Email: chris.hebert@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-1363
 Office Hours: For remainder of Spring 2018 see JS office

 

  Chris Hebert earned his PhD in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University. His interests are in criminology, white-collar crime, organized crime, and deviant behavior.


 Mary Juno, M.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 511
 Email: mary.juno@sjsu.edu 
 Phone: 408-924-2956
 Office Hours: M 11:30 am - 12:30 pm , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. No   appointments.

 

  Mary Juno has a MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and a BA in Biological Anthropology from San Fransisco State University. Juno worked in the Crime Scene Unit of the Oakland Police Department from 2000-08, where she processed hundreds of major crime scenes.  Professor Juno is the Forensic Studies Minor Coordinator, a Forensic Science Major Advisor, Faculty Advisor for Forensic Science Students, and Faculty Advisor for Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science, which is published annually. She has been with the Justice Studies Department since 2006.


 DinaDina Kameda, M.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: dina.kameda@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2750
 Office Hours: T/Th 11:45 am - 12: 15 pm & 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm                                                       

Halima Kazem faculty photo Halima Kazem, B.S., M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: DBH 215
 Email: halima.kazem@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-3288
 Office Hours: By e-mail

 

 

 

  Halima Kazem-Stojanovic is an investigative journalist and a Justice Studies professor at San Jose State University. She writes about human rights and social justice issues in the United States and abroad. Halima has been a journalist for 18 years and spent almost a decade reporting on the war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al Jazeera America and the Christian Science Monitor. Halima's reporting assignments and her love for traveling have led her to New Zealand, Serbia, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan, India, Dubai, Greece, Germany and many more countries. She started her career as a television news writer and field producer in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as an associate producer of news documentaries at MSNBC News. Halima is the recipient of a 2002 Scripps-Howard for journalistic excellence, a published children's book author and the co-producer of a documentary chronicling the campaign of the first female presidential candidate in Afghanistan.


 Sang ProfileSang Hea Kil, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor
 Office: MH 512
 Email: sang.kil@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2943
 Office Hours: By sign-up link

 

  Sang Kil is a scholar-activist whose research examines the criminalization of immigrants in the news media, especially in relation to the USA-Mexico border coverage.  She is currently President of the Board of Directors for Free Speech Radio News. She is also a founding member and organizer of Queer Qumbia in the Bay Area.


 kinEdith Kinney, Ph.D
 Assistant Professor, Legal Studies Coordinator
 Office: MH 525A
 Email: edith.kinney@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2946
 Office Hours: T 12:00 - 2:00 pm  or by appointment

 

  Edith Kinney is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, working in the fields of human rights and critical legal studies. She received her PhD in Jurisprudence and Social policy and her JD from Berkeley Law, providing an interdisciplinary background that informs her research and scholarship. Dr. Kinney's research interests include the dynamic interactions of law and society, focused particularly on the role social movement organizations play in criminal justice reform efforts around human trafficking, sexual violence, prison conditions, reentry, and collaborative courts.

Edith Kinney is a member of the Law & Society Association, the American Sociological Association,  the American Society of Criminology, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Western Society of Criminology. Dr. Kinney also serves as Coordinator for the Legal Studies Minor, and provides advising to students interested in attending law school (pre-law advising)


 steveSteven Lee, Ph.D
 Professor
 Office: MH 525A
 Email: steven.lee@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2946
 Office Hours: Check syllabus

 

 

  Professor Lee holds a BS from SUNY Binghamton in Biology, an MS from NYU and PhD from University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Biology. Dr. Lee is also currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and serves frequently as a consultant or trainer in forensic DNA. He was formerly the Director of R&D at CA Dept of Justice DNA Laboratory from 1994-2000 where he served as an expert witness in DNA, spearheaded the implementation of robotics for sample processing, DNA extraction and STR amplification, and conducted DNA training courses. He is a Fellow in the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, full member of the California Association of Criminalists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Teachers Association and is qualified as an American Society of Crime Laboratory Director’s Laboratory Accreditation Board inspector. He has taught courses in molecular biology at SFSU (1996-1998), Forensic genetics at UC Davis (1997), forensic DNA Typing of STRs at FIU (2003), Criminalistics, Forensic Science, DNA and Crime, Genetics Law and Society and Forensic Molecular Biology at SJSU.


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 Maureen Lowell, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: Online
 Email: maureen.lowell@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-3209
 Office Hours: Email Professor 

 

  Maureen Lowell has worked as a practitioner in the field of family violence for over 20 years and as a lecturer and trainer for over ten years.  Ms. Lowell has been actively involved in community efforts to respond more effectively to domestic violence since 1993, experience which she brings to her teaching.  During these years, Ms. Lowell developed two curricula for working with families impacted by domestic violence: The Program for Empowered Parenting; and Empowerment through Accountability: working with women convicted of domestic violence.


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 Sheree Martinek, M.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: sheree.martinek@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-8976
 Office Hours: W 12:00 - 1:15 pm

 

  Sheree Martinek is currently a Probation Officer for Santa Cruz County in the Adult Division. She is committed to preventing crime and harm caused by crime while promoting positive change, community safety, and justice for victims. She is currently on a committee to develop standardized training for new Santa Cruz County Probation Officers. She holds a BS and MS in Justice Studies from San Jose State University and is an Alumni of Chi Pi Sigma (the JS co-ed fraternity) and Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society). Furthermore, she is currently the President of the Task Force, a Justice Studies Alumni Group.


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 Virginia Montelongo, M.S.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: virginia.montelongo@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-8975
 Office Hours: Th 9:00 am - 10:00 am

 

  Virginia Montelongo is a lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies. A native of San Jose City, and  alumni of San Jose State University with a Masters Degree. She also teaches at Evergreen Valley College, and has taught Criminal Procedures, Introduction to Corrections, Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Contemporary Policing, and Juvenile Justice. In addition, she proposed and teaches " Women and the Criminal Justice System," and is awaiting certification on a new class "Probation, Parole, and, Evidence-Based Community Corrections."  She gains satisfaction from teaching students how to become contributing members to society, and encourages students to "Each One, Teach One". Virginia is also a full time Deputy Probation Officer for the County of Santa Clara. 


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 Elizabeth Pacheco Tejada, J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: Contact Professor 
 Email: elizabeth.pacheco@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-5409
 Office Hours: Th 10:30 am - 11:30 am

 

  Elizabeth Tejada an alumni of San Francisco State University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She specializes in representing communities and families in need. For most of career, Elizabeth has worked to help communities understand and access the justice system.  She represented individuals, communities, and government agencies. 

"I believe that by increasing knowledge of and access to the legal system, people will more appreciate the law’s potential to achieve justice. So while my students often pursue a career in the law, others have also gone into social work, law enforcement, and community advocacy.  I value and welcomes varying perspectives on the justice system." - Elizabeth Pacheco Tejada, J.D. 


 halHarold Peterson, J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: harold.peterson@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2754
 Office Hours: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:30 am

 

  Hal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Washington State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. Hal practiced law for 15 years in Michigan and then Washington.  Harold "Hal" Peterson grew up near the old gold camp in Fox, Alaska, only a couple miles from where Felix Pedro first discovered gold in the region. He spent his early years hiking and exploring many of hills that comprise Alaska's golden valley. The experience inspired a significant portion of the of his novel, Better Angels.


head Judith Randle, Ph.D., J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: judith.randle@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-8126
 Office Hours: W 11:45 am – 1:00 pm & by Appointment

 


 Susie Rivera, M.S., J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: susie.rivera@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2755
 Office Hours: M/W 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
 

 

 


 SpartanJackson Sargent, MPA.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email Professor
 Email: jackson.sargent@sjsu.edu
 Phone: Email only
 Office Hours: M/W 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

  Jackson Sargent is a Lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies. He is currently completing a PhD in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University, where his research interests include intelligence-led policing operations, cybercrime, homeland security policy and practice, and comparative criminal justice systems. He teaches a broad array of courses covering topics in cybercrime, policing, security studies, and public policy. Jackson holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has extensive professional experience as a public administrator.


 SpartanMegan Schlegal, Ph.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email Professor
 Email: megan.schlegal@sjsu.edu
 Phone: Email only
 Office Hours: M/W 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

 


sills Eric Sills, MIM
 Lecturer
 Office: Email Professor
 Email: eric.sills@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2757
 Office Hours: Th 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

 

 

  Eric Sills has been a member of the Justice Studies Department for over 20 years and has instructed a variety of different courses ranging from Police and Society to Police Administration. Eric serves full time as the Chief of Police of the City of Soledad in Monterey County where he has been employed for the past eight years.  Prior to becoming the Chief of Police of Soledad, Eric served 27 ½ years with the San Jose Police Department where he rose to the rank of Captain in Charge of Special Operations.  While part of the San Jose Police Department, Eric also served in a variety of assignments ranging from Commander of the Sexual Assault Unit, Commander of the Field Training Program, Gang Supervisor, to Internal Affairs Investigator.  Eric graduated with a Bachelor Arts Degree from San Jose State University in Spanish with a minor in Business.  He continued his postgraduate education in Arizona where he graduated with a Master of International Management Degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. 


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 Peggy Stevenson, J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 521
 Email: margaret.stevenson@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2758
 Office Hours: T/Th 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

 

 

 

  Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson began teaching Courts and Society at San Jose State University in Fall 2007. She developed the Record Clearance Project as a class project to give students hands-on experience with the law and the court system.  For 12 years before that, Stevenson taught students at Stanford and Santa Clara law schools to provide legal assistance to low-income communities, primarily focusing on employment issues facing low-wage workers. During that time, she was the Executive Director of two clinical programs and brought innovative approaches to teaching students to meet clients’ legal needs. Read More


 MikeMichael Vallerga, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: Online
 Email: michael.vallerga@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2958
 Office Hours: Email Professor Directly

 

 

 

  Michael Vallerga is a Lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies and the Department of Sociology.  He completed his M.A. in Experimental Psychology at San Jose State University. There he was formally trained in research methods and has since become very experienced with research across the social sciences.  His research interests center around gender.


 headClaudio Vera Sanchez, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
 Office: MH 509
 Email: claudio.verasanchez@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2950
 Office Hours: M/W 10:30 - 11:30 am, 1:30 - 2:30 pm & Th 9:30 - 11:30 am   (Online)

 

  Claudio Vera Sanchez received his PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. His research interests are centered on how Latino and African American juveniles, from underprivileged neighborhoods, are criminalized by both nurturing (schools) and non-nurturing (police) institutions.

Claudio Vera Sanchez is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Psi-Beta Psychology Honor Society.


Bryce Westlake Bryce Westlake, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Office: MH 529
 Email: bryce.westlake@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2743
 Office Hours: M/W 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 

  Bryce Westlake is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies working in the field of digital forensic science. Dr. Westlake received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, in 2015. He comes from an interdisciplinary background, publishing in the fields of criminology, psychology, computer science, and sexuality. His teaching is in the areas of research and statistics, psychology, and cybercrime.


 Greg WoodsGreg Woods, J.D.
 Lecturer
 Office: MH 508
 Email: greg.woods@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-1840
 Office Hours: W 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

 

 

  Greg Woods teaches multiple subjects specific to Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies including: Criminal Law, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Organized Crime, Gangs & Terrorism, Victimology, Juvenile Justice, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Methods of Incarceration & Restorative Models of Criminal Justice.

As an educator, constitutional scholar, law enforcement policy/legal trend watcher and student of history, Greg Woods constantly seeks information to supplement course material and challenge his students.


 wilsonYue "Wilson" Yuan, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor, International Experience Coordinator
 Office: MH 525B
 Email: wilson.yuan@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2968
 Office Hours: M/T 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

  Yue (Wilson) Yuan is an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department. He received his MS in Applied Statistics and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Bloomington. His research interests include the study of perceptions of crime, victimization, theories of crime and deviance, and quantitative methods. His current projects investigate how neighborhood structural characteristics and social processes impact individuals’ victimization experiences and perceptions of crime.


Gil Zamora Gil Zamora, M.A.
 Lecturer
 Office: Email
 Email: gil.zamora@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-2906
 Office Hours: M 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

 

 

  Forensic artist. Armchair psychologist. Hypnotist. Instructor. Speaker. Baseball Umpire. Internet celebrity.

At age 23, Gil started patrolling the streets of his home town San Jose as a police officer.  His love of sketching eventually caused him to shift his interests to forensic art.  Gil was certified as a sketch artist by the FBI in 1993 and was formally selected to be the police artist for SJPD in 1995.  During his 17 years as the police artist, Gil completed over 3,000 sketch interviews and helped solve more than a thousand investigations with his composite sketches. As the police artist for the largest police department in Silicon Valley, Gil was involved in the majority of every high profile criminal investigation in the Bay Area. Read More