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Tamara D. Madensen-Herold

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Director, Crowd Management Research Council
Associate Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Graduate Director

Expertise: Place-based crime prevention, Crowd dynamics and violence

About

Tamara D. Madensen-Herold received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the crime science perspective to study the criminogenic impact of the design and management of places, as well as crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working directly with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. She has authored numerous scholarly articles, books, technical reports, and problem-oriented policing guides sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Madensen-Herold co-developed the nationally recognized violence reduction strategy P.I.V.O.T. (Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories). P.I.V.O.T. is designed to stop shootings in chronically violent urban locations. Police, city departments, and local communities work together to disrupt opportunities for violence, using a problem-oriented approach that focuses on uncovering and dismantling place-networks that permit violent activities. In 2017, P.I.V.O.T. was awarded the international Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. 

A Teaching and Learning Center Fellow at UNLV, Madensen-Herold has been the recipient of the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, the College of Urban Affairs Teaching Award, and UNLV’s Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Articles Featuring Tamara D. Madensen-Herold

Tamara Madensen outside T-Mobile Arena.
Dec 21, 2017
Research

UNLV professor uses crime science to head off chaos in public spaces.


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