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Andrea Borrego, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-0209



aborreg1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
WC 254A

Office Hours:

Monday: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Thursday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursday: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Allison Cotton, Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0320



cottona@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
WC 254K

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Thursday: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Dr. Allison M. Cotton is a tenured, Full Professor of Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A Colorado native, Dr. Cotton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002.

Dr. Cotton’s publications range in subject from issues related to the death penalty, eye-witness identifications, lethal behavior and expert witnesses to issues around race class gender and crime. Her first book, Effigy: Images of Capital Defendants was released in the summer of 2008 by Lexington Books. Her second (co-authored) book, Class, Race, Gender & Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America (4th edition) was released in July 2014 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Dr. Cotton is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. A two-time Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cotton now serves as a board member of the Colorado Fulbright Foundation. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



William Gaines
Lecturer


303-615-0255



wgaines1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
WC 254N

Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Mr. Gaines has a wide range of experience ranging from law enforcement to higher education which has allowed him to cultivate a diverse perspective on the law enforcement landscape. During his career, he has worked as a Patrol Officer, a Field Investigator, and a Criminal Justice Instructor. Mr. Gaines has received extensive training in the areas of criminal investigation, narcotic identification, DUI prosecutions, advanced homicide investigation, active shooter response, and mobile field force.

Mr. Gaines received a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 2010 and 2012. Mr. Gaines also received a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Florida International University in 2016.  In addition, Mr. Gaines is completing his Ph.D., in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Gaines’ research interest includes racial profiling, biased policing, immigration control, and destructiveness of low self-control. 



Henry Jackson Jr, Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0621



hjackso9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254C

Office Hours:

Monday : 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Dr. Jackson is the Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Jackson graduated from Kansas State University with a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2009, the University of Kansas with an M.P.A in 2002, and Wichita State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2000. Dr. Jackson’s research interests explore the relationship between race, class, and punishment as well as racial profiling. Dr. Jackson’s work appears in Justice and Research Policy, The National McNair Scholars Journal, and Crime and Justice in America and Criminal Justice Studies.

Previously, Dr. Jackson worked in City Management, as a Research Analyst, a Corrections Officers for the Kansas Department of Corrections and served in the U.S. Army. Outside of professional interests, he travels, reads, writes, and enjoys working out. Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Correctional Association. His list of community volunteering includes: serving as President of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Gammu Nu Chapter and advisor for the Delta Chapter, as well as a volunteer work for Wichita State University’s Building Up Dream’s in Urban Youth Program, the City of Wichita’s Alternative Revenue Task force and the state of Colorado’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Dr. Jackson currently serves as a commissioner on the City of Denver’s Crime Prevention and Control Commission.



Richard L Jackson, J.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-0622



jacksonr@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
254H

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 3:10 pm - 5: 10 pm, 8:15 pm - 8: 45 pm

Thursday: 3:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Di Jia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


303-615-5912



djia@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
WC 254P

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Dr. Jia received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in 2018 and her M.A. in Police Administration and Comparative Police Studies from the Chinese People’s Public Security University in 2006. As a former police officer in China, Dr. Jia worked in the areas of intelligence analysis, incident command, international police cooperation, crisis management and counter-terrorism. She also was tasked with planning and implementing the security operations for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Dr. Jia research interests include police crisis management and counter-terrorism strategies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her dissertation used spatial analyses to study environmental criminology and intelligence-led policing. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals including Journal of Criminal Justice; George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and Journal of Chinese People’s Public Security University (A top-ranked journal in China). Her teaching interests include cybersecurity, cybercrime, homeland security, crime analysis, police systems and practices, comparative criminal justice, and research methods.

Dr. Jia is a member of numerous national and international organizations which include the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), and the Asian Association of Police Studies (AAPS).



Barbara B Koehler, J.D.
Senior Lecturer


303-615-0706



bkoehle4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
WC 254J

Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Barbara B. Koehler received her Juris Doctorate from University of Denver, College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University.

She was in the private practice of law for 30 years and during that time also served as a municipal court judge. She retired from the active practice of the law in 2012 and transitioned to teaching. She brings practical life experiences to the classroom.

She teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedure & Evidence, American Judicial Systems, and Ethics. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes online for American Public University Systems including Research, Analysis & Writing, Introduction to the Law, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Introduction to the Courts, Tort Law, and Civil Practice and Procedure.



LiYing Li, Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0755



lli66@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
254G

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Jeffrey M London, Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0762



jlondon5@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254B

Office Hours:

Monday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Friday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Jeff London, PhD received his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado in 2006. While at CU, Dr. London was awarded CU-Boulder’s Department of Sociology “2003 Excellence in Teaching Award,” given by the Colorado Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, and the “2002 GPTI Instructor of the Year” award, given for excellence in classroom instruction. During the summer of 2007, Dr. London began working at MSU Denver and is now an Associate Professor. In early 2010, Dr. London published his first book entitled, How the Use of Marijuana Was Criminalized and Medicalized, 1906-2004. Dr. London’s book investigates the social construction of the processes of marijuana criminalization and marijuana medicalization. It is the first substantive study on the subject to include a detailed historical context in which to situate a new theoretical model for examining the contemporary U.S. drug policy debate.

Over the next five years, Dr. London is serving as the evaluator for the administration of a National Science Foundation grant (Denver Metro Chem Scholars). He is also a member of the Colorado Department of Higher Education's General Education Council. In addition, he is an elected member of the Colorado Faculty Advisory Council, and a member of the MSU Denver Faculty Senate Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee. As a rule, Dr. London is happiest when he is spending time with his wife and daughter.



Denise Mowder, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0903



dmowder@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254F

Office Hours:

Wednesday: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

My name is Denise Mowder and I am an Associate Professor of the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I am also an attorney and for over ten years I was a prosecutor in Oregon. I specialized in prosecuting cases of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. My expertise is in trial practice, investigations and victim advocacy. I earned my Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. I earned my J.D. from Willamette College of Law at Willamette University in Salem Oregon. I received my B.S. at University of Colorado, Denver.
My research area focuses on the impact of current immigration law and the undocumented battered Latina woman. In particular, does the fear of deportation outweigh the fear of being battered. I am also doing research in the wrongful conviction of the factually innocent.

I love teaching criminal justice courses because when I was a prosecutor there wasn't a day when I didn't interact with the police, judges, defense attorneys, victims, and offenders. It is important to understand the theoretical groundwork but I never forget about “doing justice” in the real world. It is important to understand the theoretical groundwork for this class; however I don't want you to forget about the real world.

I want everyone to consider both theory and practice in all of their papers. Always start with the theory but be sure to include any real world problems that could come up.



Hyon Namgung, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-0919



hnamgung@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254E

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Dr. Namgung received his BA from Korea National Police University and worked as a Korean police officer for more than 15 years. While he was a police officer, he also earned an MA in Public Administration (with Police Studies) from University of Exeter in the UK in 2003.  He earned his MA and PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2013.

Since 2013, Dr. Namgung has taught American Policing, Community Policing, Research Methods, Criminal Justice Administrative Behavior, Crime Mapping, and Study Abroad in South Korea. His research interests include police organization, community policing, comparative criminal justice, and research methods. 



Andrew Traver
Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leader Development


303-605-7165



atraver4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254S

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

I am currently the Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leader Development at Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver. I am a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, teaching “American Gangs” and “Federal Law Enforcement”. I also engage in external and internal outreach and speaking engagements on behalf of the MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson.

From October 2013 until June 2019, I served as the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)-only the second NCIS Director to be appointed from outside of the organization. NCIS is comprised of 2,000 employees, 1,200 of whom are sworn Special Agent/Criminal Investigators, stationed in more than 190 locations around the world, with an annual operating budget of approximately $440 million.

NCIS investigates and defeats criminal, foreign intelligence, cyber and terrorist threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate: ashore, afloat and in cyberspace. I also served as the senior executive for law enforcement/criminal investigation, counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Department of the Navy.

The predominant areas of NCIS criminal investigative focus are major case economic crimes/fraud, adult sexual assault/exploitation of children, cybercrime and major narcotics distribution. Special emphasis was placed on developing and expanding strong partnerships and liaison with law enforcement organizations, security services and intelligence agencies worldwide, as well as ensuring agile, adaptive, and responsive support to the Navy and Marine Corps.

My responsibilities were global in scope, demanding high level collaboration and development of joint relationships with senior members of the law enforcement, intelligence, security, military and diplomatic communities in many nations-Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Panama, Singapore and Germany.

From June 2012 to October 2013, I served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Denver Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), responsible for overseeing all Federal firearms, explosives, arson and violent crime investigations within the purview of ATF for the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah.

From June 2004 to June 2012, I served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Chicago Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), responsible for all Federal firearms, explosives, arson and violent crime investigations within the purview of ATF for the state of Illinois, predominantly within the city of Chicago and adjacent communities.

During this time, Chicago ATF successfully disrupted and dismantled some of the most violent ethnic street gang (Latin Kings, Gangster Disciples, Titanic Stones) and outlaw motorcycle gang (Outlaws, Hell’s Angels, Wheels of Soul) factions, as well as illicit firearms and narcotics trafficking networks. Chicago ATF was the vanguard for advanced undercover investigative operations targeting the most violent and predatory criminal groups.

During my twenty-six years with ATF, I also served in leadership positions in San Francisco, New Orleans, ATF Headquarters, and Philadelphia. I began my ATF career as a Special Agent in Chicago in November of 1987.

Prior to my Federal law enforcement career, I graduated (standing third with honors) from United States Naval Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island and served as a gunnery officer aboard a guided-missile destroyer based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois, in May 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.



Catherine L Reddy
Administrative Assistant


303-615-1044



creddin2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Cathy Reddy has been the Administrative Assistant for the Criminal Justice Department since August of 2006.



Lucy Daberkow
Program Manager (for Cybersecurity B.S & M.S.)


303-605-7120



ldaberko@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
254P

Campus Box Number:
10


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Bio:

Lucy oversees the admissions and recruitment operations for the MS in Cybersecurity program and brings over 15 years of higher education experience to MSU Denver.
Lucy is originally from Mexico but has lived in Colorado most of her adult life. She received her BA in English from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua and spent her professional life in Mexico teaching English as a Second Language coursework and developing language acquisition curricula. Upon moving to Colorado, she attended the University of Colorado Denver where she received an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESL. She later earned an MA in Global Affairs from the University of Denver.

Lucy’s higher education experience includes working at the University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and the Arapahoe Community College. Her main areas of expertise are multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, international education, language acquisition, marketing and recruiting, and program administration. Lucy is a frequent guest speaker on Latin American culture and traditions in the Denver metro area public schools and is also an expert on sustainability and green practices. When she’s not at work, Lucy enjoys traveling the world with her family, cheering on her daughters’ sports (soccer and cross country), and enjoying musicals and art exhibits.



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