Suman Kakar

Suman Kakar

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Delinquency, Minorities and Crime, Violence in Families, Violence in Schools, Youth Gangs, Policing, Crime Prevention Program Evaluation


BA, Punjab University, Economics and Political Science, 1972
MA, Punjab University, English, 1974
PhD, University Florida, Sociology (Criminology), 1994


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA-352B
Phone: 305.348.5992

Professor Kakar joined the faculty at FIU in 1993. She earned multiple university awards in research, teaching and service and has been nominated for the University Distinguished Professor Award. Professor Kakar’s research has been published in national and International journals including Journal of Gang Research, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Policing, Studies on Crime and Crime prevention, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and Indian Journal of Criminology. She also served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Special Issue on Juvenile Justice in the New Millennium. Professor Kakar authored books including Child Abuse and Delinquency and Domestic Abuse: Public Policy and Criminal Justice Approaches to Child Spousal and Elderly Abuse and has contributed chapters to other books, such as the Handbook of Juvenile Justice: Theory and Practice and Crime and Justice Around the World. She also reviews articles for various criminology and criminal justice journals. Professor Kakar is a member of several national and international criminal justice societies. She serves as reviewer for several federal agencies including the Department of Justice (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice), Department of Education, Center for Disease Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Health and Human Services.