Brandon R. Kooi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justicekooi

Office Location: Dunham Hall, Room 226
Telephone: 630-844-4236
Fax: 630-844-7830
E-mail Address:

Brandon Kooi began teaching in the criminal justice program at AU in January 2007. Prior to coming to AU, Dr. Kooi directed the criminal justice program for Lakeland College. Outside of academics his practitioner experience has included the following — consultant with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing; security executive for the Target Corporation; criminal investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service; law clerk for the Cook County night narcotics court; and youth crisis interventionist. Dr. Kooi received his doctorate degree from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University where he collaborated with a number of police departments and wrote a dissertation analyzing the connection of bus stop locations and crime.        

B.S. Illinois State University
M.S. Illinois State University
Ph.D. Michigan State University

Areas of Specialization
Police leadership
Community justice
Crime mapping
Environmental criminology

Courses Taught
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Policing America
Police Management
IDS Culture/Diversity
Strategic Planning/Ethics
Private Security Leadership
Social Psychology

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Earl Warren Award (American Criminal Justice Association)

Robert Peel Award (Wisconsin Association for Community-Oriented Policing)
Herman Goldstein Award Finalist (Center for Problem-Oriented Policing)

Kooi, Brandon R. (2007). Policing Public Transportation. New York, NY: LFB Publishing.

Kooi, Brandon R. and Justin Patchin (2008). Neighborhood disorder in a moderately sized city: An SEM analysis of collective efficacy.  Criminal Justice Studies. 21(4): 325-340.

Kooi, Brandon R. and Sameer Hindju (2008). Teaching private security experientially. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 19(2): 290-307.

Kooi, Brandon R. (2008). Online education and the working professional: A university's responsibility? Journal of Applied Security. 3(3-4): 407-428.

Government Publication
Kooi, Brandon R. (2010). Theft of Scrap Metal. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series. Community Oriented Policing Services: U.S. Department of Justice. No. 58.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Co-Faculty Advisor, American Criminal Justice Association (with Dr. Whitus)
Criminal Justice Program Chair
Online Task Force
Campus Violence Prevention Committee

Other Interests
Coach wrestling, football, baseball and softball.