Center for Security and Crime Science

CSCS faculty

Professor Jerry Ratcliffe

Professor Jerry Ratcliffe has an international reputation in the areas of environmental criminology and intelligence-led policing. He has previously served as a British police officer, and for a number of years he coordinated Australia's National Strategic Intelligence Course. Dr Ratcliffe has authored or co-authored numerous books and over 50 research articles in crime mapping, strategic intelligence, and policing. His 2008 book Intelligence-Led Policing (Willan Publishing) has been described as the seminal work on the subject. He is a Professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.


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Dr Jennifer Wood

Dr Jennifer Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. She previously served as a Fellow for the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Dr. Wood’s work has centered on trends in the delivery of policing and security within the broader context of shifts in regulation. She recently published Imagining Security (co-authored with Clifford Shearing, Willan Publishing, 2007) and Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security (co-edited with Benoît Dupont, Cambridge University Press, 2007).


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Dr Elizabeth Groff

Dr Elizabeth Groff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple. Prior to joining Temple, she held positions at a non-profit research firm, a national science agency, and in local law enforcement. Dr Groff ran the NIJ Crime Mapping Research Center from 2001-02. She received her doctorate in Geography from the University of Maryland in 2006 and was the recipient of the Academy of Experimental Criminology’s Young Experimental Scholar Award in 2008.

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Professor Ralph Taylor

Professor Ralph Taylor received his doctorate in Social Psychology in 1977 from Johns Hopkins University and has been at Temple University since 1984. A former Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, he has received external research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Corrections, Justice, and Mental Health. Dr Taylor is a Professor of Criminal Justice and holds a courtesy appointment in Geography and Urban Studies.


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CSCS affiliated researchers

Lallen Johnson

Lallen Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. Prior to joining the Center, he earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has interned within the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety office of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and was recently awarded the prestigious NIJ PhD Graduate Research Fellowship. Lallen’s current research interests include drug offender travel patterns and violence within drug markets, as well the effects of gaming establishments on crime and disorder.

Cory Haberman

Cory Haberman is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After previously serving as researcher on the the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment, Cory currently works on the Philadelphia Smart Policing Initiative. Cory's broad research interests include the geography of crime and policing.

Evan Sorg

Evan Sorg is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University and a former New York City police officer.  He received his B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2009 and 2011, respectively.  He served as a research assistant for the Philadelphia foot patrol experiment during which time he conducted qualitative field research across 60 crime hotspots with the Philadelphia Police Department.  He is currently involved in the BJA funded SMART policing initiative, a randomized trial assessing the impacts of three policing strategies focused in crime hotspots across Philadelphia.  Broadly, his research interests involve policing and police/academic collaboration.

Aaron Fingerhut

Aaron Fingerhut received his Bachelor’s degree double majoring in psychology and criminal justice from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a Master’s degree in administration of justice at Southern Illinois University concentrating in geospatial crime mapping. Before coming to Temple, he worked for almost two years as an intelligence analyst for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Florida where he developed intelligence including link analysis and crime mapping analysis products. His current research interests include intelligence-led policing and the geography of crime. Center-related projects include ‘The investigative usefulness of CCTV video surveillance footage’ with Dr. Ratcliffe and Dr. Groff and ‘Measuring the effectiveness of crime analysis units: the impact of intelligence-led policing and crime reduction’.

Travis Taniguchi

Travis Taniguchi is the Police Criminologist for the Redlands Police Department (Redlands, CA). He received his B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. His research interests include program and policy evaluation, crime and place, street gang dynamics, and the spatial distribution of drug markets. He is dedicated to expanding and evaluating the partnerships between researchers and law enforcement practitioners. He currently manages an NIJ grant to create a smartphone application specifically targeted to the needs of law enforcement officers. His publications can be found in Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Security Journal.