Jeff Snipes

Associate Professor
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CJ Advisor

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Monday: 9:30-11:30
Tuesday: 9:30-11:30
Wednesday: 9:30-11:30


After receiving his B.A. and M.A. in Administration of Justice from Penn State University in 1991, Jeff Snipes received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany (2002), and his J.D. from Stanford Law School (2001).  In addition to holding positions at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU of Northern California, and the San Francisco Coalition of Homelessness, he has taught at Florida State and Seattle Universities.  He is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University. He has extensive experience as a law enforcement consultant, working with such departments as Richmond (Virginia), Richmond (California), San Francisco, St. Petersburg (Florida), Indianapolis, and Trinidad and Tobago. In the Philippines he worked as an undercover operative for Project Lantern, alongside International Justice Mission, combattng sex trafficking of minors. He is a member of the California Bar Association. 

Teaching Interests

Jeff Snipes primarily teaches criminal law, extremist crime, criminal justice administration and management (MPA), and a culminating field experience for graduating seniors. He has also taught criminal procedure, police and public policy, criminology theory, racial profiling, research methods, statistics, law and social control, and other courses.

Research Interests

theoretical criminology, theoretical criminal justice, police behavior, police management, forensics, victimology, and criminal law.


Snipes, Jeffrey, Maguire, Edward, and Tyler, David, The Effects of Procedural Justice on Civil Disobedience: Evidence from Protesters in Three Cities, Journal of Crime and Justice 42(1): 32-44. 

Smith, Tasha, Smith, Andrew, and Jeff Snipes, A Validation Study of Bullet and Cartridge Case Comparisons Using Samples Representative of Actual Casework, Journal of Forensic Sciences 61(4) (2016): 939-946.

Bernard, Thomas, Snipes, Jeffrey, and Gerould, Alex, Vold‚ Theoretical Criminology (7th edition, 2016), Oxford University Press.

Alexander, Kermit, Gerould, Alex, and Jeff Snipes, The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption (2015).

Atria/Simon & Schuster, Snipes, Jeffrey, and Edward Maguire, Criminal Justice Theory: Explaining the Nature and Behavior of Criminal Justice (2nd edition, 2015).

edited by Edward Maguire and David Duffee. ‚Snipes, Jeffrey, and Katz, Charles, Information and Analysis, Implementing Community Policing: Lessons from 12 Agencies (2009).

edited by Edward Maguire and William Wells, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. DOJ. Maguire, Edward, Willis, Julie, Snipes, Jeffrey, and Gantley, Megan, Spacial Concentrations of Violence in Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Public Safety 13(1/2) (2008): 48-92.