SCCJ Policies and Procedures

This Academic Governance and Policies and Procedures Manual for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University outlines the major roles and functions of the School and its faculty and staff, as well as the policies and procedures that govern academic life within the School. This document is meant to augment but not supersede the Northeastern University Faculty Handbook, or other governance/policy and procedure documents of the University. Faculty and staff are directed to the relevant sections of other University policy and procedures as they apply.

SCCJ Leadership Team

Anthony Braga


Anthony A. Braga is distinguished professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Braga’s record combines deep engagement in Boston and an international reputation as a leading researcher on crime prevention. He collaborates with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to produce high impact scholarship, randomized field experiments, and policy advice on the prevention of crime at problem places, the control of gang violence, and reductions in access to firearms by criminals. Dr. Braga holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

Amy Farrell

Associate Director

Professor Farrell joined the tenure track faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. Prior to that time she served as the assistant director of the Institute on Race and Justice and a faculty researcher at Northeastern University. Her research seeks to understand arrest, adjudication and criminal case disposition practices. Professor Farrell’s research seeks to understanding how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking.

Simon Singer

Undergraduate Director

Professor Singer’s scholarship focuses on adolescent offender and juvenile justice. His most recent book, America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014), won the American Society of Criminology’s 2015 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for the most valuable contribution to research in criminology. His earlier book, Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform (Cambridge University Press, 1996), won the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholar Award in crime, law, and deviance. He has received grants from the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. His current book project is on juveniles lifers in America’s criminal justice system.

Gregory Zimmerman

Graduate Director

Gregory Zimmerman’s research interests focus on examining the interrelationships among individual-level factors of crime, social context, and criminal offending. This includes investigating the influence of psychological factors on crime across familial, peer, and neighborhood ecologies, and investigating contextual effects on individual-level behavior. Hierarchical linear modeling is particularly important for addressing this research agenda. His teaching interests include research methods in the social sciences, juvenile justice, and criminological and sociological theory.