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Tamara D. Madensen-Herold, Ph.D.

Graduate Director
Department: Department of Criminal Justice
Office: GUA 5136
Mail Code: 5009
Phone: 702-895-5903
Fax: 702-895-0252
Email: Tamara.Madensen@unlv.edu


Dr. Tamara Madensen received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the Crime Science perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, and studies 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 several scholarly articles, books, technical reports, and problem-oriented policing guides sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Madensen received the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, and College of Urban Affairs and UNLV’s Spanos Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Madensen is the director of the Crowd Management Research Council and serves as associate director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy. She is an associate professor of criminal justice and graduate director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She is an American crime scientist and completed her criminal justice doctorate with an emphasis in crime prevention at the University of Cincinnati.

Madensen’s research interests include crime opportunity structures, place management, and crowd violence. Her publications propose, extend, or test crime science theoretical models. They also help translate research findings into practice and policy. Her work has appeared in various 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 and a research monograph selected as a 2012 Herman Goldstein Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing Award finalist. Her book, Preventing Crowd Violence (co-edited with Johannes Knuttson), has been translated into two foreign languages. Dr. Madensen conducts research and training for major sports leagues, venue managers, police agencies, and private security industries. 

A UNLV Teaching and Learning Center Fellow, Madensen was selected as a 2008 finalist for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars — Inspire Integrity Award. She 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. She serves as an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Crime Science, and Justice Policy Journal. She provides consultation services to local and national police departments, private security agencies, and national training organizations. She also serves as a lead reviewer for the Assistant Attorney General’s Office: Evidence Assessment of Justice Programs/Practices, Las Vegas Homicide Review Board member, LVMPD’s Leadership Ascendency instructor, and International Association of Crime Analysts subject-matter expert.