Alexandra Hiropoulos is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Stanislaus. She has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, an M.Sc. in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and a B.A. in Psychology from Deree College in Athens, Greece. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Alexandra worked in crime intelligence with the Serious Crime Analysis Section of the National Crime Agency in England, focusing on serial sexual assaults and homicides.
Dr. Hiropoulos is also an affiliate of the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship. During this time, she co-developed and launched Xenowatch, a national crowd-sourcing platform to monitor xenophobic violence and threats across South Africa with funding from Freedom House and the Open Society Foundation for Southern Africa.
Dr. Hiropoulos has also served as a member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Southern Africa Protection Working Group as well as Team Leader of the UNHCR’s Task Team on Xenophobic Violence between 2015 and 2017.
Her research predominantly focuses on xenophobic violence, immigration enforcement, policing and social cohesion and employs multiple methods, including qualitative, spatial and causal analyses. Her research on xenophobic violence utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) to examine its spatiality and surrounding structural conditions.
Courses taught in the Department of Criminal Justice:
- Race, Ethnicity and the Criminal Justice System CJ 4960
- Community and Problem-Oriented Policing CJ 3420
- Police Ethics and Civil Liability CJ 3230
- Causes of Crime CJ 3120
- Introduction to Criminal Justice CJ 2250
- Success Strategies in Criminal Justice CJ 2240
- Applied Data Analysis CJ 5200