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Tamara D. Herold

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department(s): Criminal Justice
Office: GUA 5136
Mail Code: 5009
Phone: 702-895-5903
Fax: 702-895-0252
Email: tamara.herold@unlv.edu


Dr. Tamara D. Herold is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She serves as Director of the Crowd Management Research Council and Associate Director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy.

Dr. Herold is an American Crime Scientist and completed her criminal justice doctorate with an emphasis in crime prevention at the University of Cincinnati. She uses the crime science perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, including crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working directly with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. Her work has appeared in various journal outlets, including Criminology and Justice Quarterly. She has published numerous practitioner-focused research papers, including two Problem-Oriented Policing Guides funded by the COPS Office. With Dr. Ken Peak, Dr. Herold is working on the fourth edition of her textbook, Introduction to Criminal Justice: Practice and Process. Her book, Preventing Crowd Violence (co-edited with Johannes Knuttson), has been translated into two foreign languages.

Dr. Herold co-developed the internationally 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 facilitate violent activities. In 2017, P.I.V.O.T. received the international Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.

After being selected as a 2008 finalist for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars — Inspire Integrity Award, Dr. Herold was the recipient of the 2009 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2011 CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2011 UNLV Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2014, she was appointed as a UNLV Faculty Development Fellow in recognition of her research and teaching accomplishments.

Dr. Herold currently serves as an Editorial Advisory Board member for several journals, lead reviewer for the Assistant Attorney General’s Office: Evidence Assessment of Justice Programs/Practices, guest faculty for the International Association of Venue Managers Academy for Venue Safety and Security, and International Association of Crime Analysts subject-matter expert.

Mentoring Topics

Public service research, community-engaged research, building undergraduate research teams, research presentation coach