Indiana University Bloomington
Department of Criminal Justice
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The Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University bridges the gap between the law and the social sciences. We do so through the study of the administration of justice (both civil and criminal), the nature of crime, and the relationship between law and society. We embrace the importance of cross-cultural inquiry, and our research explicitly examines the international dimensions of justice. We consider the profound role that mental health concerns play in the experience of violence and responses to it.

The Department of Criminal Justice treasures its long tradition of innovation to the study of criminal justice. From its earliest days as the home where Professor Robert Borkenstein developed the breathalyzer to its current status as a leader in interdisciplinary approaches to crime, law and justice, the Department continues to broaden the boundaries of the discipline. We do much more, however, than contribute to the field of Criminal Justice. We bring our understanding of law, crime and justice to other disciplines, from the long-established fields of Anthropology, Psychology, Public Health, and Sociology to such exciting new interdisciplinary fields as Behavioral Genetics, Critical Legal Studies, Developmental Science and Psychology and Law. We take interdisciplinary work seriously and resist stifling disciplinary boundaries. We expect students to explore and experiment with emerging areas of inquiry and we seek to provide them with the theoretical and methodological skills needed to do so.



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Heather Pruss

Heather Pruss

Ph.D. December, 2014

Heather Pruss earned her BA, MA, and PhD in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University Bloomington. She defended her dissertation this past September and walked in the graduation ceremony in December, where her dissertation chair and mentor Dr. Marla Sandys drove through the snow to properly hood her.
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