Besiki Luka Kutateladze

Besiki Luka Kutateladze

Areas of Expertise

Performance indicators, prosecution, racial justice, equality, and rule of law


PhD in Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2008)
MA in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2005)
PhD / ABD in Criminal Procedure Law, Tbilisi State University, Republic of Georgia (2002)
Jurist Degree, Kutaisi State University, Republic of Georgia (1999)


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA-364A
Phone: 305.348.4892
CV: besiki-kutateladze-cv.pdf

Dr. Besiki Luka Kutateladze is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Kutateladze is an internationally recognized expert in the development of performance indicators, and his research has been published in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Cardozo Law Review, and Law & Human Behavior. His areas of focus include prosecution, inequality, and the rule of law.

Prior to his appointment at FIU, Dr. Kutateladze was the founding research director at the Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) of the City University of New York. At ISLG, he was responsible for developing the vision and plan for the research department, hiring and supervising research staff, overseeing all research projects, and building and maintaining relationships with funders and clients. Prior to joining ISLG, Dr. Kutateladze served as the research director for the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program of the Vera Institute of Justice. From 2008 to 2013, he played a crucial role in the development of the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators and their field testing in Haiti and Liberia. Before joining the Vera Institute, Dr. Kutateladze taught courses on comparative criminal justice and statistics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and lectured and conducted research on criminal procedure at Tbilisi State University. In 2002, Dr. Kutateladze was the U.S. State Department Fellow from the Republic of Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the CUNY Graduate Center and a law degree from the Republic of Georgia.