Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

The Susette M. Talarico Lecture, presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society, is hosted annually in memory of Dr. Talarico, a long-time director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. With support from the Susette M. Talarico Fund, the Criminal Justice Society, the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, this lecture series has brought practitioners and scholars to campus to speak on a wide variety of current issues in criminal justice.

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Dr. John Patrick Jarvis

Academic Dean, FBI Academy

“Lessons Learned in Applying Social Science: Bridging Perceived Divides Between Academics and Practitioners”

Susette M. Talarico Lecture

February 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Dean Rusk Hall, Walker Room

Dr. John Patrick Jarvis is the Academic Dean at the FBI Academy. With 29 years of experience in criminal justice analysis, Dr. Jarvis has also served in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and as Chief Criminologist in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. From 2013-2016, Dr. Jarvis was a member of the Critical Incident Response Group as part of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He conducts research on lethal and non-lethal violence, mass victimization events, violent crime trends and the dynamics of crime clearance rates. Dr. Jarvis’ research has appeared in a range of journals, including Police Chief, Journal of Homicide Studies, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.


2009: Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel of the FBI
2010: Joe D. Whitley, former general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security
2011: Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
2013: John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University / Co-director, Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation
2014: Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
2015: Victor Rios, University of California-Santa Barbara
2016: Steven E. Clark, Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies Director / Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
2017: Dr. Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota
2018: Chief Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety for the City of LaGrange
2019: Judge Steve Goss, Superior Court Judge for the Court of Appeals of Georgia