Nancy Rodriguez (criminologist)

Nancy Rodriguez (born June 6, 1970)[1] is an American criminologist and professor in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on substance abuse, juvenile court decision-making, and sentencing policies.[2] She previously taught in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University from 1998 to 2015.[3] She was the director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) from February 9, 2015 to January 13, 2017.[4][5] She was originally nominated to direct the NIJ in 2014 by then-president of the United States Barack Obama.[6]

Nancy Rodriguez
Director of the National Institute of Justice
In office
February 9, 2015 – January 13, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byWilliam Sabol
Succeeded byHoward Spivak
Personal details
Born (1970-06-06) June 6, 1970 (age 50)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSam Houston State University (BA)
Washington State University (MA, PhD)


Rodriguez received her B.A. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in 1992 and her Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University in 1998. She joined the faculty of ASU in 1998.[7][8] She has received multiple awards, including the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the American Society of Criminology and the W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Western Society of Criminology.[8]


  1. ^ "Nancy Rodriguez". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  2. ^ "Nancy Rodriguez Bio". ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Archived from the original on 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ "Former Department of Justice official, Nancy Rodriguez, hired as criminology professor". School of Social Ecology. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  4. ^ "New NIJ Director Sworn In". COSSA. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  5. ^ "Director's Corner: Farewell from Nancy Rodriguez". National Institute of Justice. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  6. ^ "National Institute Of Justice Welcomes New Director, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez" (Press release). Office of Justice Programs. 2015-02-25.
  7. ^ "Nancy Rodriguez CV".
  8. ^ a b "ASU criminologist appointed director of National Institute of Justice". ASU Now. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2017-10-01.

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