Dr. Aili Malm

AiliDr. Malm’s research interests center on the intersection between policing and social policy. She is interested in the assessment and evaluation of policing strategies and intelligence; integrating empirical evidence and theory to inform social policy; and the effect that policing has on individuals, communities, and society. In this capacity, her research requires an ability to blend theory with advanced methodologies. Her methodological toolkit includes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. These include spatial analysis, social network analysis, simulation modeling, textual analysis using qualitative software, interviewing, and large-scale community surveying. She has also used activity-based costing models borrowed from economics to assess the changing costs of policing.

Dr. Rebbeca Nash

Becky_Faculty_Bio_PhotoBecky’s research interests center on white-collar crime, terrorism in general and home-grown terrorism in specific, and the application of new and upcoming methods for the application of counter-terrorist measures. Her research in these areas has an overarching focus on applications in social network analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and program evaluation. Becky’s doctoral dissertation includes an interdisciplinary focus drawing from the fields of criminology, sociology, and economics, as well as social network analysis, network theory, and diffusion theory in understanding illicit fraud networks.

Christopher Bates


Christopher J. Bates is the project coordinator for the Illicit Connections Opaque Networks Laboratory at California State University, Long Beach. Recently, Christopher and ICON Lab colleagues investigated the relationships among criminologists with social network analysis. The result, The Network Map of Criminological Thought, is a novel tool for understanding the historical development criminology. Previously, Christopher worked as a research assistant for the Adaptation Development and Positive Transition Laboratory. Christopher led colleagues in measuring neighborhood health by analyzing online “street view” imagery. Currently, he is adapting the novel systematic social observation instrument to investigate crime prevention through environmental design. Christopher also assisted ADAPT Lab colleagues researching the impact of socioeconomic inequality on children’s antisocial behavior. Outside of research, Christopher has served as a geographic information systems consultant to an after school education provider. In 2013, he served as the official webmaster and photographer for the 5th Annual Illicit Network Conference. As a sale specialist at Recreational Equipment Incorporated for over eight years, Christopher has fueled his passion for outdoor adventures. Christopher plans to build a program of research focused on the interplay between peer social networks, neighborhoods, and crime.


Ramin Moghadam

RaminpicAs an undergraduate in the Criminology, Law, and Society program at the University of California, Irvine, Ramin developed interest in employment, recidivism and public policy. Since attending California State University, Long Beach, his interests have expanded to include terrorism and social network analysis. His prospective thesis will apply social network analysis to track the development and evolution of terrorist networks.