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Jonathan Kremser

Johnathan KremserJonathan Kremser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Criminal Justice
Department Chair

Office: Old Main 357
Office phone: (484) 646-4241
Rutgers University: Ph.D., Criminal Justice
Rutgers University: M.A. Criminal Justice

University of Ottawa: M.A. Criminology
Kutztown University: B.S. Criminal Justice
Joined Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Kremser joined the Department of Criminal Justice in 2003. He served as a weapons instructor in the U.S. Navy, conducting numerous classes for members of the military and the Department of Defense Police. His responsibilities took him to the Middle East, Guantanamo Bay, and Asia. He also served two missions to Antarctica and was recognized by the Navy for his work in support of the National Science Foundation's research at McMurdo Station.  

Dr. Kremser is among the first in the field to exam zero tolerance mandates and how they were operationalized by school administrators in Canada. He specializes in identifying community characteristics that influence crime, victimization of school children, and policies that impact crime reduction which are used within American and Canadian schools.

His publications include topics related to school crime, juvenile gangs and security.  He is frequently invited to present his research at conferences throughout the United States and internationally. He was invited to the Stockholm Criminology Symposium in 2015, where he presented research that incorporates situational crime prevention strategies in identifying increased levels of reported victimization among students during their school commute.

Dr. Kremser has completed professional training and certification in the area of threat assessment in schools, enhanced school lockdown strategies, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) for Schools and bullying prevention. He is certified in Active School Shooter Response, and has trained with school resource officers from the Fargo, North Dakota and Allentown, Pennsylvania Police Departments. Dr. Kremser is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Outside of KU, Dr. Kremser serves the Commonwealth as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Juvenile Justice Diversion Subcommittee in Harrisburg. His work in the area of juvenile diversion helps provide criminal justice professionals and school administrators across Pennsylvania with alternative ways to address the needs of young, non-violent offenders while protecting the community.

Recent Selected Publications

Kremser, J. "School Security." The Sage Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Wherry, F., and Schor, J. (eds.). Sage Publications (forthcoming in 2015).

Kremser. J. "School Shootings/Mass Shootings. The Social History of the American Family. Ganong, L., and Coleman, M. (eds.). Sage Publications (2014).

Kremser, J. "Diversion." Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Albanese, J. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell (2014).

Kremser, J. "Violence in Schools." Sociology of Education. Ainsworth, J. (ed.). Sage Publications (2013).

Kremser, J. "Truancy." Sociology of Education. Ainsworth, J. (ed.). Sage Publications  (2013).

Recent Selected Presentations

Jonathan Kremser (2014). Neighborhoods and Schools: The Influence of Community Characteristics on Fear and Victimization of Children. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in November in San Francisco, California.

Jonathan Kremser (2014). Rethinking School Discipline: Zero Tolerance and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Paper presented at the Third Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment: Institutions Responding to  Human Needs held at Kutztown University on November 14, 2014.

Jonathan Kremser (2013). Risk on the Way to and from School: A Four District Study. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jonathan Kremser (2013). School Safety Forum. Kutztown University. Organized and presented an open-to-the-public forum on research relating to school violence at Kutztown University on March 5, 2013.