Criminal Justice Speaker Series

Dr. Nancy La Vigne - Director, National Institute of Justice

Monday, October 23, 2023 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Fenwick Library, #1014B

Criminal Justice Speaker Series

The Criminal Justice Speaker Series is a vibrant component of the MS in Criminal Justice graduate program. The speaker series brings individuals working at the cutting edge of criminal justice issues to Mason. All members of the Criminology, Law and Society Department are invited to attend.

We are very excited to announce a talk by Dr. Nancy La Vigne, Director, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.


Nancy La Vigne was appointed by President Biden as Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and technology arm of the U.S Department of Justice, on March 28, 2022.  A nationally recognized criminal justice policy expert, Dr. La Vigne’s research expertise ranges from policing and corrections reform to reentry from prison, criminal justice technologies and evidence-based criminal justice practices. Prior to joining NIJ, she served as executive director of the Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Policing. Before that, La Vigne served as vice president at the Urban Institute (Urban), a nonprofit social policy research organization based in Washington, D.C., where over the course of a decade, she directed Urban’s Justice Policy Center. Her tenure at Urban included serving as executive director of the congressionally-mandated bipartisan Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections Reform.


Dr. La Vigne is not new to NIJ, having been the founding director of the Institute’s Crime Mapping Research Center several years ago, as well as serving as special assistant to Office of Justice Program’s Acting Assistant Attorney General. She holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Smith College.



  • Attendees can attend talk in-person or via Zoom; must denote modality on RSVP form (speaker will be in-person).
  • RSVP deadline is end of day, Thursday, October 12th.
  • MS students in CRIM 517 are expected to attend in-person; please RSVP.
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