Christine L. Gardiner, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice

Christine (Christie) L. Gardiner, Ph. D

Dr. Christine Gardiner is a Professor of Criminal Justice and a Senior Research Fellow for the Police Foundation.  Her fields of expertise including policing, crime policy, and juvenile delinquency.  She was awarded a prestigious National Institute of Justice grant to study the effects of Proposition 36 (drug treatment in lieu of incarceration law) on the case processing and sentencing of drug offender and criminal justice practitioners in Orange County, California.  She also helped create a “Blueprint for juvenile offender reentry” for Orange County as well as a set of recommendations to improve inter-agency collaboration between Los Angeles County’s public safety agencies.  Beyond that, she has studied public opinion on the legalization of marijuana in California and conducted two major studies on the role of higher education in policing (one on California specifically, the other on a National scale).  She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and an introduction to policing textbook and has edited books on criminal justice policy and the California criminal justice system.  Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as a crime analyst, police dispatcher, intern probation officer, and police explorer.

In The News 

Phone: (657) 278 - 3608


Office:  GH 530

Office Hours: 
T/TH 10:00-11:15AM
W 10:00-11:15AM VIA ZOOM (link on canvas)

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2008, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine
  • 1995, M.Phil., Cambridge University (England)
  • 1988, B.A, University of California, Irvine


Research Areas

  • Policing (general)
  • Higher education and policing
  • Police body worn cameras
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Pedagogy


Courses Regularly Taught

  • CRJU 315 – Policing
  • CRJU 405 – Criminal Justice Policy
  • CRJU 415 – Policing the City (award-winning service learning course)
  • CRJU 491 – Applied Policy Research
  • CRJU 325 – Juvenile Delinquency



Recent Articles

  • Kopp & Gardiner (2020). “Public support for body-worn cameras: The need for inclusion of more comprehensive measures of public concerns.” Criminal Justice Studies. Doi 10.1080/1478601X.2020.1868455
  • Gardiner, C. (2019). “College Cops Around the Nation: A 30-year update on the state of higher education in policing” Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Doi: 10.1093/police/paz029/5506089
  • Gardiner, C. & Smith, T. (2017) “Some pedagogical benefits of learning communities: Does group composition matter?” Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Doi 10.1080/10511253
  • Gardiner, C. (2015). College Cops: A study of education and policing in California. Policing: An International Journal of Policing Strategies and Management, 38, 44:648-663.


Recent Books

  • Gardiner, C. & Spiropoulos, G. (2018).  California’s Criminal Justice System, 3rd Edition.  Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

  • Gardiner, C., & Hickman, M. (2017).  Policing for the 21st Century:  Realizing the vision of police in a free society. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing

  • Mallicoat, S. & Gardiner, C. (2014).  Criminal Justice Policy.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.