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Jennifer M. Ortiz Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Students' Association Faculty Advisor

Crestview Hall 018C
Phone: (812) 941-2370
jmortiz@ius.edu

Biography

My name is Jennifer M. Ortiz. I am an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at IUS and the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Students' Association. I earned my doctoral degree in Criminology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. My doctoral research focused on prison and street gangs. Prior to joining the faculty at IUS, I served as the Research Director for the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing and as a Research Associate at the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

I teach a wide range of upper and lower level courses. My courses incorporate innovative active learning techniques aimed at helping students develop critical thinking skills and to question common misconceptions about the criminal justice system.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • CUNY Graduate Center, New York, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Criminology
  • Masters

    • CUNY Graduate Center, New York, United States
    • Master of Philosophy, Major in Criminology
  • Masters

    • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, United States
    • Master of Arts, Major in Criminal Justice- Policing Concentration
  • Bachelors

    • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, United States
    • Criminal Justice

Professional Interests

Teaching

Courses Taught

  • CJUS100: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 200: Theories of Crime & Deviance
  • CJUS 295: Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources
  • CJUS 300: Topics in Criminal Justice: Prison and Street Gangs
  • CJUS 303: Corrections
  • CJUS 458: Wrongful Convictions
  • CJUS 470: Senior Seminar

 

Course Preparations in Development:

  • CJUS 406: Unequal Justice
  • CJUS 420: Violence in the Black Community
  • CJUS 435: Minorities, Crime, and Social Policy

Research

Broadly speaking, my research interests are in punishment within the criminal justice system. My doctoral level research was a qualitative comparative analysis that examined the impact of environment on gang structure. Prior research projects focused on victims of crime, sentencing, and disparity in the criminal justice system.

My current research project is a multi-year qualitative study of reentry experiences in the Kentuckiana region. This study explores the experiences of formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society and the perspectives of reentry service providers in the region.

Campus Events

IU Southeast Open House

IU Southeast Open House

October 21st, 2017

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2018

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2018

October 30th, 2017

All day event

Deadline for Two-Step Login

Deadline for Two-Step Login

November 2nd, 2017

All day event

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

November 23rd, 2017

All day event

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

November 24th, 2017

All day event

Fall 2017 Classes End

Fall 2017 Classes End

December 2nd, 2017

All day event

Fall 2017 Final Exams Begin

Fall 2017 Final Exams Begin

December 4th, 2017

All day event

Fall 2017 Final Exams End

Fall 2017 Final Exams End

December 9th, 2017

All day event

Wintersession Classes Begin

Wintersession Classes Begin

December 14th, 2017

All day event

Christmas Holiday - Campus Closed

Christmas Holiday - Campus Closed

December 25th, 2017

All day event

New Year's Day Holiday - Campus Closed

New Year's Day Holiday - Campus Closed

January 1st, 2018

All day event

Wintersession 2017 Classes End

Wintersession 2017 Classes End

January 4th, 2018

All day event

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