Courtney Porter, PhD

Academic Credentials

PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society


Dr. Porter graduated with her PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society from George Mason University. She is also received her MA in Forensic and Legal Psychology here at Marymount University. Prior to joining the faculty at Marymount University, Dr. Porter was the Research Program Manager for Fairfax County’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Her dissertation, entitled “Gatekeepers of the Juvenile Justice System: Intake Officers, Decision-Making, and Racial Disparities,” looked at diversion-decision making practices of Intake Officers in Virginia.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, painting, reading, and watching movies (especially sci-fi).

Teaching Areas

Research Methods, Juvenile Justice, Implementing Policy, Statistics, Forensic Assessment

Research Interests

Juvenile Justice, Organizational Theory, Decision-Making, Racial and Ethnic Disparities […]

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Erik Alda

Before joining Marymount, I received my PhD in Criminology and Public Policy from
the School of Public Affairs at American University. My research interests lay at the intersection of performance measurement of criminal justice institutions and comparative criminology, with a focus on developing countries. One strand of my research explores how criminal justice institutions and, particularly, law enforcement, perform and how efficiently they utilize their resources as well as the factors that affect their performance. In particular, I have conducted comparative research on this topic in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also working with governments to design and evaluate the performance of their criminal justice sector to inform policy and program design that can lead to a more efficient use of public resources. Another strand of my research studies focuses on evaluating public policies in developing countries by analyzing large administrative datasets. Research areas include policing, youths, and justice system. In addition to my research interests, I have collaborative research projects in Spain, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Bulgaria, and the US. […]

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Carolyn Oxenford

Professor Emerita College of Sciences and Humanities, Psychology, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences […]

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