Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association

The Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association (CJGSA) is an active group that sponsors academic and social events that facilitate both the professional development and social development of our members.  The CJGSA is responsible for serving as a liaison between graduate students and faculty members, assisting undergraduate students in the development and refinement of their coursework through the department Mentoring Center, and offering support to incoming and prospective students by sharing information and perspectives on the program, graduate student life, and living in Philadelphia.  In addition to these routine activities, the CJGSA invites critical thinkers to share their justice related ideas and experiences with Temple University and Philadelphia each spring.  In 2013, this event was institutionalized as the Annual John S. Goldkamp Lecture with the intention of honoring Professor Goldkamp's innovative contributions to the field of Criminal Justice.

Officers 2014-2015

President:  Abbie Henson

Vice President: Lauren Holt
Treasurer: Hanna Klein
Secretary: Chelsey Donohoe
Graduate Representative:  Nili Gesser

Social Affairs:  Ida Goldkorn; Leah Hamilton

Mentoring Center:  Juwan Bennett


Events and Research activities

Spring 2013

April 2nd | 1-3 PM | Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall on Temple University’s Main Campus


The First Annual John S. Goldkamp Lecture featuring David Kennedy

Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America


“Professor David Kennedy, also director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, has dedicated his career to reducing inner-city violence.  He is responsible for the creation of Operation CeaseFire, which is designed to combat drug- and gang-related violence in urban neighborhoods.  First introduced in Boston, Operation CeaseFire has been shown to effectively reduce homicide rates; and is now in use in cities across the country.  Please join us for a lecture and interactive discussion with Professor Kennedy on what can be done to address inner-city violence.”

Fall 2012


The CJGSA and their guests took Eastern State Penitentiary by storm for the annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house!



Spring 2012

March 23rd | 4-5:30 PM


Adrian Raine Guest Lecture

Neurocriminology: A Bohemian Rhapsody


Spring 2011

April 6th | 10-11 AM


Sudhir Venkatesh Guest Lecture

Gang Leader for a Day


“As a graduate student, Dr. Sudhir Venkatesh, now a professor at Columbia University, was given unprecedented access to experience leadership in a Chicago gang. Join us as he confronts issues of: poverty, race, welfare, violence and drugs.”


Spring 2009

January 30th


Interdisciplinary Graduate Student “Works in Progress” Symposium Series


Jaime Henderson (Criminal Justice)

Considering Current Juvenile Sex Offender Policy for Pennsylvania

Mike Norton (Sociology)

Revoking the American Dream: High Priced Lending and Segmented Mortgage Markets in Suburban Philadelphia

Paul Kahan (History)

Philadelphia's Bastille: Eastern State Penitentiary and the American Commitment to Penal Education, 1829-1971

February 27th

Ricky Moye (Sociology)

Does racial integration threaten property values? New evidence from Philadelphia

Lallen Johnson (Criminal Justice)
Travel distance to drug markets – Implications for policing and CPTED

Katrina Morrison (Criminal Justice)
Students writing about violence

April 10th

Chris Salvatore (Criminal Justice)
Exploring Race-Based Differences in Life-Course Patterns of Criminality

Rich Grippaldi (History)
Punishment on the plains: Military discipline at Old Fort Gibson

Liana Taylor (Criminal Justice)
Retention in juvenile treatment court

Laura Porterfield (Urban Education)
Space, place, and black female adolescent identity: Explorations of gender violence

in and around school neighborhoods

Information for incoming and prospective students

Welcome incoming and prospective students! Choosing the appropriate graduate program can be stressful and overwhelming. We are here to provide information in the decision-making process. If you are interested in graduate studies in the Department, how to navigate administrative paperwork, or where to live and what to do in Philly feel free to contact a graduate student. We will do whatever we can to ease your transition into graduate studies in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Additional information

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