Cliff Karchmer

Cliff Karchmer

Cliff Karchmer

Adjunct Faculty

Intelligence and national security, transnational crime, organized crime, law enforcement policy making and reform

Cliff Karchmer is a nationally recognized law enforcement and intelligence researcher and consultant.  Most recently, he served as Special Studies director of the Washington-based firm, Jefferson Waterman International, focusing on providing due diligence services to foreign companies, individuals, and governments.  Prior to that he was Law Enforcement Subject Matter Expert at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supervised state-local police outreach for a major DHS initiative.  Earlier, he was Director of Program Development at the Police Executive Research Forum for 19 years where he pioneered investigative and intelligence reform initiatives for DOJ, Treasury, and DHS agencies, and developed operational guides on police responses to a spectrum of law enforcement and intelligence issues.  He also served as a Research Scientist with the Battelle Memorial Institute, specializing in white-collar crime.  Throughout his career, Cliff has directed over 40 projects for a broad range of government agencies, foundations, and private clients. He testified twice before the U.S. Congress and received leadership awards from the Department of Justice and white-collar crime trainees.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Christian Regenhard Center for First Responder Studies at John Jay College, created by the parents of a NY firefighter killed on 9/11.

Cliff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.  He received a  Masters from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard (now the Harvard Kennedy School) whose website honors Cliff’s work bridging the gap between the law enforcement and medical disciplines on violence prevention.  His career publications and project reports can be found at

Courses Taught

CRIM 310  


Princeton University (AB)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA)

Harvard Kennedy School (MPA)