Dr. John D. Reitzel


  • 2006 Ph.D. Criminology, Law & Society, University of Florida
  • 2003 M.A. Sociology, University of Florida
  • 2001 B.A. Criminology, State University of New York, Cortland


Dr. Reitzel specializes in research at the intersection of race, crime, and criminal justice, focusing on the sociological aspects of disparities in arrests and sentencing outcomes, public perceptions of police, and place-based etiological origins of violent and non-violent offending. More recently, his research has expanded into the development and implementation of Evidence Based Policing models, where he has examined the deterrent effects of police crime reduction strategies in high crime neighborhoods. He has consulted with many different governmental and non-governmental agencies toward this end and his research has appeared in academic journals such as Police Quarterly, Journal of Crime and Justice, and Criminal Justice Policy Review among others. In the classroom, Dr. Reitzel has sought to create a learning environment that emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills while imparting substantive knowledge central to any course of instruction. Research compliments his teaching agenda in conveying the importance of an empirical understanding of criminal behavior and responses to it. He has taught a wide range courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels from criminological theory and research methods to policing theory & practice, criminal justice policy, and senior capstone.

Research Interests

  • Race & ethnic differences in criminal offending
  • Perceptions of policing
  • Evidence-based Policing (EBD)
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Email: jreitzel@csusb.edu
  • Phone: 909-537-5282
  • Office Location: Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) 209E

Classes Taught

  • CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency
  • CJUS 330. Correctional Theory and Institutions
  • CJUS 598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 604. Advanced Techniques of Basic and Applied Research in Criminal Justice