Dr. Gisela M. Bichler

  • Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Director, Center for Criminal Justice Research
  • Coordinator, Crime Analysis B.A. degree program
  • Curriculum Vitae (Adobe PDF)


  • 2000 Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark
  • 1996 M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark
  • 1994 B.A., Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada


Dr. Bichler’s recent scholarship explores the interplay between the environment and offending behavior. She is particularly interested in the structure of illicit social networks that enable and constrain criminal activity. Dr. Bichler works with criminal justice agencies and city governments to evaluate programs designed to resolve a variety of local crime and public safety issues. Program evaluations range from assessing wrap-around services for dually-diagnosed offenders released to the community to juvenile diversion programs for at-risk youth. She also conducts problem-oriented policing studies and other projects designed to reduce crime opportunity. Dr. Bichler provides consulting and research services to assist with police workload analyses, hotspot policing, and assess the structure and evolution of criminal networks.

Recent publications have appeared in the Crime and Delinquency, Global Crime, Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, and Trends in Organized Crime. Dr. Bichler’s book, Disrupting Criminal Networks is now available.

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Illicit Markets and Transnational Crime
  • Co-offending networks (gangs, criminal enterprise, and terrorism)
  • Socio-Spatial Structure of Crime Events and Hotspot Policing
  • Program evaluation
  • Situational crime prevention
  • Problem-oriented policing

Classes Taught

  • CJUS 311: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJUS 312: Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 470: Environmental Crime Prevention 470
  • CJUS 550: Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • CJUS 570: Crime in Public Spaces 570
  • CJUS 571: Advanced Social Network Analysis

Research Supervision

  • CJUS 575: Research Internship, Center for Criminal Justice Research
  • CJUS 595: Independent Studies
  • CJUS 650: Directed Studies
  • CJUS 699A & 699B: Thesis