Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She received her LL.B. degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, a doctoral degree in Criminology (Ph.D.) from the University of Delaware, and a doctoral degree in law (S.J.D.) from the Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Croatian bar.
Dr. Kutnjak Ivkovic has been interested in a variety of topics in criminology, criminal justice, and sociology of law. She has studied participation of lay persons in the legal system both in the United States and abroad and conducted a study of the war crimes victimsâ€™ opinions about the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
A particular area of her interest and expertise is policing. Jointly with Carl Klockars, she has initiated a cross-cultural study of police corruption, which, over time and with support from colleagues from a number of countries, grew into a project including over 10,000 police officers from 14 countries. Dr. Kutnjak Ivkovic was also a Senior Research Associate on the related project "Enhancing Police Integrity" funded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. In her recently completed doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Fallen Blue Knights: Controlling Police Corruption," she explored police corruption and mechanisms of its control. Another topic of her research in policing is the relationship between public support for the police and the democratization process of the police in Eastern Europe.
Dr. Kutnjak Ivkovic has published two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of policing, comparative criminology/criminal justice, and sociology of law. Her work appeared in journals such as "Law and Social Inquiry," "Stanford Journal of International Law," "International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice," "International Criminal Justice Review," "Journal of Crime & Justice," and "International Journal of the Sociology of Law."