Suman Kakar


Areas of Expertise

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


Ph.D., University Florida, Sociology (Criminology), 1994
M.A., Punjab University, English, 1974
B.A., Punjab University, Economics and Political Science, 1972


Office: 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 Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and Delinquency, and Domestic Abuse, and has contributed chapters to other books, such as the Handbook of Juvenile Justice. She also reviews articles for various criminology and criminal justice journals. Professor Kakar is a member of several national and international criminal justice associations. She serves as a 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.

Select Publications

Cohn, E. G., Coccia, M., & Kakar, S. (2023). Disparate incarceration rates of foreign citizens in Europe compared to Anglo‐Saxon countries. Sociology Compass, e13167.

Meldrum, R. C., Lehmann, P. S., Kakar, S., & Silverthorn, R. (2023). Revisiting the association between attachment to parents and adolescent substance use: Conditional effects of parental disapproval. American Journal of Criminal Justice48(3), 602-634.

Sirpal, S., & Kakar, S. (2023). The Human Trafficking Prevalence-Diagnostic Disparity in the Emergency Department–A Stark Call for Action. Women's Health Research4(2), 26-30.

Kakar, S. (2022). Urban settings and Human trafficking–a crossroads of the perfect storm for crime perpetration and ideal environment for crime prevention. Urban Crime. An international Journal3(1), 8-32.

Cohn, E. G., Kakar, S., Perkins, C., Steinbach, R., & Edwards, P. (2020). Red light camera interventions for reducing traffic violations and traffic crashes: A systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 16, e1091.

Kakar, S. (2019). Dynamics of Child Labor Trafficking in Southeast Asia: India. In: Winterdyk J., Jones J. (Eds.)The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking, 1-18.

Kethineni, S., Srinivasan, M., & Kakar, S. (2016). Combating violence against women in India: Nari Adalats and gender-based justice. Women & Criminal Justice, 26, 281-300.