Getting to Know New Criminal Justice Professor Joe Nedelec

Joe Nedelec
Dr. Joe Nedelec combines a passion for biosocial criminology research with an interest in computer crime to secure a joint appointment in the Schools of Criminal Justice and the Information Technology.

Dr. Joe Nedelec joined the UC School of Criminal Justice’s faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2013. Dr. Nedelec hails from Creston, British Columbia, Canada, and attended Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, Canada, where he studied criminology and psychology. After completing his undergraduate studies, Nedelec spent one year in Japan teaching English to students between the ages of five and 13. Upon returning to Canada, he received a Master’s in criminology from SFU. During that time, he became interested in evolutionary and biological explanations of behavior and produced a Master’s thesis focusing on infanticide.

After completing his Master’s, Nedelec spent three years as a full-time instructor in the Department of Justice Systems at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. While at Truman State, he actively served as faculty advisor for numerous student organizations, and, true to his Canadian roots, coached Truman State’s roller hockey club team.

In 2009, he began pursuing his doctorate at Florida State University (FSU) in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. While at FSU, he worked with renowned biosocial criminologist and UC Criminal Justice alumnus, Dr. Kevin Beaver. Beaver helped ignite Nedelec’s passion for research, resulting in several published articles and book chapters related to biosocial criminology. Nedelec’s dissertation synthesized components of biosocial criminology, such as behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology, forming a new subfield of biosocial criminology called “evolutionary criminology.” Additionally, he taught a computer crime course to undergraduates and has since integrated this topic into his teaching and research. This fall, he will begin a secondary appointment as assistant professor with UC’s School of Information Technology.

Nedelec currently teaches three different courses: “Basic Research Methods” (Master’s students), “Life-Course and Developmental Criminology” (undergraduate course), and “Computer Criminology: Cybercrime and digital security” (online Master’s course). In the future, Nedelec will add at least one biosocial criminology course to his teaching portfolio, as well as a computer criminology course. He also plans to conduct a number of data-collection projects aimed at exploring the numerous ways biological and social factors interact to influence antisocial and criminal behavior.