Dr. Phyllis Gerstenfeld

Professor of Criminal Justice
Email: pgerstenfeld@csustan.edu
Tel: 209-667-3229, Fax: 209.664.7314
Office Location: C125B

Classes Recently Taught

CJ 2250           Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 3315           Hate Crimes
CJ 4250           Psychology of Criminal Behavior


1996    Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
1992    J.D., University of Nebraska
1992    M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
1988    B.A., Psychology, Reed College, Portland, Oregon


Dr. Gerstenfeld joined the Criminal Justice Department at CSU Stanislaus in 1993. She served as coordinator of the CJ program beginning in 2000 and became department chair in 2005. Her primary research area is hate crimes. She has written the leading textbook on the subject; the book is currently in its 4th edition. She is also interested in juvenile justice, psychology and law, jury decision making, and international and comparative criminal justice, and is co-author of a popular Introduction to Criminal Justice textbook.

Dr. Gerstenfeld has received two Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research in Zagreb, Croatia. She and a team of other scholars are currently conducting a large cross-national study on student attitudes toward LGBT people and toward punitiveness.

Research Interests

Hate crimes
Psychology and law
Juvenile justice
Jury decision making
International and comparative criminal justice
Criminal justice policy