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Tamara D. Herold

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice
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Tamara D. Herold received her doctoral degree 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, and crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. She has authored scholarly articles, books, technical reports, and problem-oriented policing guides sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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.’s design is 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, 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.

Mentoring Topics

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