Justice Studies Faculty

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Patrick D. Cullen - Dept. Chair, Associate Professor


An associate professor of justice studies, department chair, and program director since 2006, Patrick Cullen is responsible for administration of all justice studies offerings. He is a justice studies generalist with advanced studies in jurisprudence, human rights/global justice, and ethics. Cullen instructs courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, legal traditions, juvenile justice, judicial administration, evidence, and employment law.

Cullen received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Prior to entering higher education, he worked in both the public and private legal sector in a variety of areas including juvenile law, mental health law, insurance subrogation, and representation of professional boxers. He is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional by the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

At SNHU, Cullen has participated in numerous university committees including the University Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Science Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, Board of Trustees Committee on the Student Experience, Faculty Senate, Taskforce on School of Community Economic Development, and Taskforce on Course Marketing He has been awarded Faculty Development Travel Grants in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Institute for Justice & Human Rights.

Cullen is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar and several regional and national academic associations. He has presented scholarly papers across the United States. He also serves as a consulting reviewer for both academic journals and textbook publishers.

Ralph Rojas - Assistant Professor


An assistant professor, Dr. Ralph Rojas, Jr. joined the SNHU faculty in 2008. He previously worked as an investigator for the Brooklyn New York District Attorney's Office and the New York State Department of Correctional Services before spending more than 20 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. This allows Rojas to draw from his experiences to educate students on topics ranging from policing and corrections to terrorism and international criminal justice

Rojas received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University, his Master of Science in Criminology and his Master of Public Administration in Administration of Justice from Long Island University, and his Doctor of Public Administration in Administration of Justice from the University of Baltimore.
Rojas serves on the Anti-Violence Committee, the Common Book Committee, as an academic advisor to justice studies students, on the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and as a campus advisor to the Justice Studies Association.

Rojas was nominated for the SNHU Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Professional organization affiliations include the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the American Society of Criminology.

Academic presentations include Event 303: "Community Policing 2011." Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference. Toronto, Ontario. March 2011.