Finn Esbensen

Fall 2016

As the Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I welcome you to our website.  To familiarize yourself with the Department, I encourage you to consult the newsletters available on our website.  These informative newsletters highlight departmental activities and achievements each year.

We begin this academic year without one of our most popular teachers; Professor Robert J. Bursik, Jr. decided it was time to retire and explore new opportunities. Over the years, Bob has taught thousands of students who enrolled in his popular Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice course. We wish him the very best in his retirement. We are pleased to welcome a new colleague, Karlijn Kuijpers (Ph.D. Tilburg University, the Netherlands) who joined us as an assistant professor in January 2016. Karlijn was previously on the faculty of Leiden University and her areas of research interest include victimization and intimate partner violence.

We are proud to report that the Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Student Association has established itself as an active student organization. This past year, the group arranged for a visit to the Federal Correctional Facility in Greeneville, IL. For more information about the CCJUSA, please contact one of the following faculty members who serve as advisors to the organization: Professor Tim Maher, Professor TJ Taylor, or Professor Matt Vogel.

This past year also witnessed the establishment of a campus chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society. For information about this honor society, contact the faculty advisor: Professor TJ Taylor.

If you have questions, I would be happy to hear from you by phone (314) 516-4619 or email

For information about the Undergraduate program, contact Dr. Tim Maher at (314) 516-5026 or

For information about the Master's program or our Doctoral program, contact Dr. Elaine Doherty at (314) 516-5033 or

Best wishes for a productive and informative year.

Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chair
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence