ICS Team


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Cory Haberman

Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice & Director, Institute of Crime Science, CECH Criminal Justice

660H Teachers College


Dr. Cory Haberman is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati. He received his doctorate from Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice in 2015. Dr. Haberman studies the geography of crime, police effectiveness, and public safety policy. In 2019, Dr. Haberman was selected by the National Institute of Justice to be a LEADS Academic based on his commitment to evidence-based policing. Dr. Haberman was also awarded the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing’s 2019 Early Career Award for his contributions to the field of police research.  

Faculty and Staff

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Jillian Shafer Desmond

Instructor - Adjunct, CECH Criminal Justice

Teachers College


Jillian Shafer Desmond received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Junior Research Associate at the Institute of Crime Science in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She has advanced experience in data management, crime analysis, and applied police research. She has been involved in the implementation, training, and evaluation of multiple problem-oriented policing and focused deterrence projects across the country, including: Cincinnati OH, Dayton OH, Louisville KY, Fort Myers FL, Tulsa OK, and suburban and rural Ohio townships. As the lead research associate of ICS, she organizes and manages the data and ad hoc analyses of ongoing projects and assists with large-scale evaluations. She has presented her work in countless academic conferences and published peer-reviewed articles in Police Quarterly, Homicide Studies, and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.  Her main research interests include spatial crime concentrations and the interaction among offender motivation and criminal opportunity in their environments.
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John Eck

Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

660G Teachers College


Professor John Eck earned his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland in 1994.  Prior to that, helped reform police for 17 years as Research Director of the Police Executive Research Forum.  He is known for his work on investigation management, problem-oriented policing, and preventing crime at high crime places.  Dr. Eck focuses on developing practical solutions to crime problems based on sound research and rigorous theory.  Besides publishing many academic papers, he created many guides for police and others interested in preventing crime.  Dr. Eck was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on police research and policy.  In 2001 he assisted the Federal Court in negotiating a suit alleging racial discrimination in police enforcement practices.  The result was the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement.  In 2016, Dr. Eck received the Collaborative Agreement Award for helping negotiate that agreement and his subsequent work to sustain it.  He is the recipient of the 2016 Ronald V. Clarke Award presented by the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis network.  He teaches courses on policing and crime prevention.  
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James Frank

Professor and Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, CECH Criminal Justice

660C Teachers College


James Frank is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Frank is a 1993 Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  He also received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 1977.   Dr. Frank’s primary research interests include understanding police behavior at the street-level, officer decision making during interactions with the public, the formation of citizen attitudes toward the police, and the correlates of sentencing decisions.  He has been involved in a number of externally funded research projects that primarily examine street-level police officer behavior.  His funded policing research projects have examined officer use of police technology involving gunshot location programs and the use of non-emergency call numbers, the hiring practices of police agencies, the work routines of police officers, the influence of race on traffic stops, citizen attitudes toward the police and the implementation of problem solving strategies.  He has also been involved in funded studies examining juror understanding of death penalty instructions, sentencing in state court and federal courts and the impact of collateral consequences of conviction in Ohio.  He has published articles in Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, the American Journal of Police, Crime and Delinquency, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategy and Management, and Criminology and Public Policy.  He regularly teaches courses in the areas of policing, the law and court system, and decision making across the criminal justice system.  Dr. Frank is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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Edward Latessa

Professor Emeritus (In Memoriam)



Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus (In Memoriam)
Our leader, Dr. Edward J. Latessa, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio surrounded by his family, wife, sister, and children.
A man of contrasts, Ed was stern but caring, loud but gentle, an Ohio State fan but a UC builder. He was, as his close friend Larry Johnson often says, the hard-shelled candy with the soft middle.
Ed was a born leader who helped build this great program. He had a presence. Chutzpah even. He commanded your attention and you were happy to give it to him. He owned every room he stepped into. He was equal parts intellectual, philosopher, and pragmatist. And he was funny. Really funny.
He was your best friend. Or at least that's how it felt being near him. Sharing a meal with Ed was both a rite of passage and a treat to savor. Sitting beside him at an event, no matter how serious, was always a risk worth taking. The risk lie in the fact that his inner comedian never took a night off. He could make you laugh out loud at the most inappropriate times.  And he had a bullshit detector that he was never afraid to vocalize.
Ed was a family man. He spoke often and lovingly of his family, and he always asked (and remembered) the details of your own family. He kept toys and candy in his office, hoping for little visitors. He readily dispensed important wisdom. He’d often remind those around him that careers are marathons not sprints; no need to miss anything important along the way.
Ed understood human behavior better than anyone - like he was told secrets no one else knew. He could cut right to the heart of an issue like a skilled butcher, accomplishing in minutes what might take a trained professional several weeks to achieve. And he could motivate you with the simplest and slightest gestures.
Whether those skills were God given, instilled during his upbringing in Youngstown, or earned over time we never figured out. When asked he would demure, in his classic way, with a pithy remark like, "it ain't that hard."
What is remarkable is not that he had these abilities; rather, it is remarkable that he chose to use them consistently in such positive ways. Propped up by his skills, Ed helped build one of the best doctoral programs in the country. He also created an intricate research and training program that has led to untold reductions in harm and improvements to public safety. And he trained dozens of other scholars and practitioners along the way. His intellectual and professional legacy will live on through his contributions to the professionalization of rehabilitation and corrections in Ohio, the US, and around the world.
There will never be another one like him.

A memorial service is currently being planned for Sat., March 12, 2022. Updates will be posted here:

Ed's obituary can be read here:

History of Ed Latessa’s Career, Interview by Alex Holsinger, ACJS Criminology Project, 2017 (51.12):

Latessa Retirement Video, Aug. 2020 (5:04): 

Celebrating Ed Latessa, Nov. 2020 (30:25):
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Sarah Manchak

Associate Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

660MA Teachers College


Sarah M. Manchak is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychopathology with a concentration in psychology and the law from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Prior to that, she earned her MA in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Manchak's research seeks to inform policy and interventions for offenders and individuals with serious mental illness and/or addiction.
Dr. Manchak teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is the coordinator of the undergraduate research program, runs the faculty-led study abroad program in Scotland, and is the academic advisor for the  undergraduate/university chapters of the Ohio Innocence Project, College Mentors for Kids, and the American Correctional Association.
To learn more, visit Dr. Manchak's website at www.cjimpactresearch.com.