Bryce Westlake, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryce Westlake

Associate Professor 

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University; Burnaby, British Columbia

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Bryce Westlake is an associate professor within the Department of Justice Studies’ forensic science program at San Jose State University. His primary research focuses include combating the distribution of child sexual abuse material online, health and safety in BDSM/kink, the rise of violent extremism online, the ethics of online data collection, and the distribution of propaganda online. His currently funded research involves collaboration with academics, industry partners, and government in Australia, Canada, and the United States to develop automated techniques for identifying victims in child sexual abuse videos.  



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Office Hours Fall 2021: 

M 7:00pm-9:00pm, W 2:00pm-4:00pm and Sat 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Research Interests

Digital Forensic Science; Online Sex Crimes (child exploitation, self-exploitation, tourism, and trafficking); BDSM and the Law; Cybercrime; Social Network Analysis; Criminal Career; Capital Punishment; Non-Monogamy.


Selected Publications

Westlake, B. G. (2020). The past, present, and future of online child sexual exploitation: Summarizing the evolution of production, distribution, and detection. In T. Holt & A. Bossler (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of international cybercrime and cyberdeviance (pp.1225-1253). Palgrave Macmillian, Cham. doi: [pdf]

Westlake, B.G. (2018) Delineating victims from perpetrators: Prosecuting self-produced child pornography in Youth Criminal Justice Systems. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 12(1), pp. 248-261. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.495776. [pdf]

Westlake, B.G., & Frank, R. (2017). Seeing the forest through the trees: Identifying key players in online child sexual exploitation distribution networks. In T. Holt (Ed.), Interdisciplinary Research on Cybercrime (pp.189-209). New York: Routledge [pdf]

Westlake, B.G., & Bouchard, M. (2016). Criminal careers in cyberspace: Examining website failure within child exploitation networks. Justice Quarterly, 33(7), pp. 1154-1181. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2015.1046393. [pdf]

Westlake, B.G., Bouchard, M., & Frank, R. (2015). Child Exploitation Network Extractor: Validating the use of web-crawlers for cybercrime data collection. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, online first. doi: 10.1177/1079063215616818. [pdf]

Paulhus, D.L., Westlake, B.G., Calvez, S.S., & Harms, P.D. (2013). Self-presentation style in job interviews: The role of personality and culture. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, pp. 2042-2059. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12157. [pdf]