Joel D. Lieberman

Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Expertise: Juries, Hate Crimes, Sexual Assault in Crowds, Intergroup Conflict, Police Use of Technology


Joel Lieberman is a recognized authority on jury decision making, intergroup conflict, police use of technology (including social media, drones, and body cameras), and sexual assault in large crowds such as nightclubs, music festivals, and concerts. 

His research explores the application of social psychological theories to criminal justice issues. This has led to numerous published articles and other works related to hate crimes, physical aggression, prejudice, jury instruction comprehension, inadmissible evidence, persuasive techniques in the courtroom, defendant characteristics, and juror comprehension of expert testimony. 

Lieberman is the author of Scientific Jury Selection, as well as a two-volume book on psychology in the courtroom.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Arizona

Joel D. Lieberman In The News

Las Vegas Sun
A plane crashes into one of the dormitory buildings on the UNLV campus on this night in December while a few hundred feet away thousands of fans are packed into the Thomas Mack Center for the National Finals Rodeo. This hypothetical situation is one of the simulations used in a master’s degree program at UNLV on emergency and crisis management, in which students are taught how to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Las Vegas Sun
Jackie Trujillo appears to be seasoned for any crisis that comes her way.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Skyler Lange took a geology class at Nevada State College this spring, but she couldn’t do much classwork after the college shut down because of technical issues during Zoom lectures.
El Tiempo
Skyler Lange took a geology class at Nevada State University (NSC) this spring, but was unable to do much of the class work after the university closed due to technical problems during Zoom classes.

Articles Featuring Joel D. Lieberman

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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