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Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Luis Garcia-Fierro

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7761
Office: MH 159

Ph.D. Law, Policy, & Society, Northeastern University
Dissertation: The fear of crime phenomenon
M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts
Thesis: The life-course and criminal victimization experiences of the shelter-using homeless population
C.S.S. Administration and Management, Harvard University
B.A. English, University of South Florida.


Dr. Garcia is a professor of criminology and criminal justice with extensive full-time teaching experience within traditional, experiential and online learning environments in Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida. Prior to joining FGCU, he served as a department chairperson and vice president for academic affairs.

During his academic training, Dr. Garcia was a Graduate Fellow at the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University. Dr. Garcia has extensive practitioner experience in public administration, policing and corrections. He served as a principal writer/policy analyst, deputy director of strategic planning, and director of research over a 12-year career with the Boston Police Department, and later as a training coordinator for the Vermont Department of Corrections. In the process, he conducted extensive research on a range of issues and presented at professional conferences and institutions throughout the U.S. and internationally [on fear factors, domestic violence, psychological and behavioral effects of victimization, crime control strategies, racial/ethnic bias in sentencing, police-minority relations, and occupational stressors].

During his tenure in academia and as a practitioner, Dr. Garcia has initiated successful community development projects, obtained funding for public and private institutions, and been extensively involved in the planning, development, and evaluation of various programs and institutional projects. He has also engaged in collaborative endeavors with numerous academic and public service institutions such as the Office of the President of the United States, Office of the President of Mexico, National Institute of Justice, F.B.I., U.S. Attorney's Office, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as [urban and rural] local criminal justice and social service agencies.

Dr. Garcia currently teaches courses on research methods, data analysis, theories of criminal behavior, senior seminar, media and community relations in criminal justice, and critical thinking and intelligence analysis within the criminal justice and forensic studies concentrations.