Assistant ProfessorJoseph Alkus
660 Gladfelter Hall



Organized crime, Policing, Terrorism, Transnational crime, Public sector police employment


My teaching at Temple University comes as a second career after spending nearly 35 years in law enforcement, the majority of which was spent in the federal government. I worked for over 27 years as a special agent in the U.S. Customs Service and its successor agency, the Department of Homeland Security. I conducted investigations into drug smuggling conspiracies, international money laundering, fraudulent entry of merchandise and export enforcement of critical technology and munitions laws. I also served as the Chief of State for the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol, the international police organization, as a founding member of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) and numerous liaison positions in the federal sector. I have been an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, where I taught case development skills, managing undercover investigations and confidential source development. I have also taught export control courses in conjunction with the U.S. government’s national security and counter proliferation programs at various locations overseas.

Since coming to Temple, I have been teaching organized crime, white collar crime, the law enforcement and criminal justice introductory courses as well as the writing intensive course in critical issues in law enforcement. I developed and taught a new course called Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Global Security. In addition, I conduct career-oriented workshops on résumé preparation, navigating the federal job market, and interviewing for federal sector jobs.

Selected Publications

  • Teaching faculty

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Global Security
  • Professional Development for Criminal Justice
  • Organized Crime
  • Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
  • Police Leadership and Communications