Areas of Expertise

Performance Indicators | Prosecution | Racial Justice | Equality and Rule of Law


Ph.D., Graduate Center of the CUNY, Criminal Justice, 2008
M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, 2005
J.D., Kutaisi State University, Republic of Georgia, 1999


Office: PCA-364A
Phone: 305.348.4892
Twitter: @BesikiLuka
CV: Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Besiki Luka Kutateladze is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is also the associate director for prosecution and courts in the Center for the Administration of Justice. He is also a founder and co-manager of Prosecutorial Performance Indicators, a national research and technical assistance project focusing on prosecutorial reform. 

Dr. Kutateladze specializes in performance indicators, prosecutorial discretion, racial disparities, and hate crimes. His research has been published in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime & Delinquency, Cardozo Law Review, Social Indicators Research, and Law & Human Behavior. He was named a 2019 FIU Top Scholar for Research by the Provost. In 2021, he received a prestigious FIU Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. 

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. Before that, 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 implementation 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.

Featured Publications

Kutateladze, B. L., Dunlea, R. R., Liu, L., & Arndt, M. (2022). A test of the bifurcation hypothesis in prosecutorial diversion. Criminology & Public Policy. Early View.

Kutateladze, B. L. (2021). Acting “straight”: Socio-behavioral consequences of anti-queer hate crime victimization. Justice Quarterly. OnlineFirst.

Kutateladze, B. L. (2018). Tracing charge trajectories: A study of the influence of race in charge changes at case screening, arraignment, and disposition. Criminology, 56(1), 123-153.