Dr. Katie Zafft joined the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as a professional track faculty member in the Fall of 2016. She teaches courses on criminological theory, juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, courts, and sentencing. Previous to joining the department she was a Senior Associate for Research with The Pew Charitable Trusts' public safety performance project where she worked on evaluating state criminal justice policy reforms to inform the national conversation about sentencing and corrections. Her professional interests include the intersection of criminal justice and public policy, drug policy specific to the heroin and opioid epidemic, crime and delinquency prevention, and innovations in evaluation research methodology. She received her PhD in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 2014, holds a master's degree in criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, Minnesota.