Ask5: Pathways to Justice, a Conversation about SUNY Empire’s Bachelor in Criminal Justice with Brian Frederick

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Pathways to Justice offers an in-depth discussion about SUNY Empire’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program, focusing on preparing students for successful careers in the field. Through a dynamic curriculum blending theory and practice, students gain the skills necessary to excel in various criminal justice professions. Whether you’re new to the field or looking to advance your career, join us for an informative conversation about how our program can help you achieve your goals in criminal justice.

Bio: Dr. Brian J. Frederick is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Empire State University and serves as the Academic Coordinator for the B.S. in Criminal Justice program. Before joining SUNY Empire in July 2022, he spent many years teaching in England, where he was involved in program development at the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Portsmouth.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Frederick began his academic journey as a “mature student,” earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice from California State University at Fullerton and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University at Long Beach. His passion for “cultural and global criminology” led him to the U.K., where he participated in the European Union’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Cultural & Global Criminology program through the University of Kent and Universität Hamburg. This international experience included advanced studies in qualitative and legal methods in criminology, enriching his understanding and approach to the field.

Before his academic career, Dr. Frederick worked in the entertainment industry, which brings a unique perspective to his teaching and research. His research interests are diverse, focusing on areas such as intimate partner violence, serial murder, and the impact of media representations on public perception of crime. Presently, he is on the “Experts Board” for an EU-funded project that explores the reasons why LGBTIQ+ young people go “missing” across Europe.

Presently, Dr. Frederick teaches courses related to criminological theory, serial murder, and the true crime phenomenon, sharing his insights and expertise with students. His work extends beyond the classroom through media appearances and contributions as a subject matter expert on true crime television series and documentaries such as “Meet, Marry, Murder” and “Making a Serial Killer.”

By Anita DeCianni-Brown, '12 & '15
Anita DeCianni-Brown, '12 & '15 Director, Career & Experiential Learning Services