Tina Freiburger, PhD

Chair and Professor
Criminal Justice & Criminology

Dr. Tina Freiburger is a professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Freiburger's primary research areas are courts and sentencing, program evaluation, juvenile justice, and racial/ethnic issues in the criminal justice system. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, including Methods in Social Welfare Research; Analysis of Criminal Justice Research; Juvenile Justice; Perspectives of Crime and the Criminal Justice System; and Crime and Criminal Justice Policy.

Dr. Freiburger has partnered with several local criminal justice agencies for studies and program evaluations on topics including: juvenile offending; improving the identification of the mental health needs of youth in our community; police and juvenile relations; the effectiveness of work programs for probationers and parolees; the effectiveness of hotspot policing; and racial and gender disparities in prosecutorial and judicial decision making.

She has also published numerous articles in criminal justice journals and is the associate editor for Race and Justice: An International Journal and Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research. She is also a member of the editorial board for Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice and Journal of Crime and Justice.


  • Ph.D., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • M.A., Criminal Justice/Criminology, Sam Houston State University, 2004
  • B.A., Criminal Justice/Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 2001 

Professional Interests:

  • Program evaluation
  • Criminal sentencing
  • Gender and racial disparities in the criminal justice system
  • Juvenile justice and decision making in the juvenile court

Recent Grants:

  • Department of Justice. Co-Principal Investigator. In-depth Examination of Opioid Deaths in Milwaukee County. Amount: $150,000
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Primary Investigator. Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court: Service Enhancement Project. Amount: $194,997
  • Legal Services Corporation. Primary Investigator. Eviction Defense Project Evaluation. Amount: $25,000
  • Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Primary Investigator. An Evaluation of the Vistelar Training Initiative at Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Amount: $79,999
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Primary Investigator. Mental Health First Aider Training for Transitional-Aged Youth. Amount: $35,000
  • St. Louis Police Foundation. Primary Investigator. An Evaluation of STOP in St. Louis, MO. Amount: $19,904
  • Private Foundation Donor. Primary Investigator. Evaluation of Students Talking it Over with Police (S.T.O.P.) in Racine, WI. Amount: $39,500
  • 2014: An Evaluation of STOP in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Total Funds: 11,000. Source: Community Policing Services (COPS).
  • 2012-2013: Outcome and Process Evaluation of Police Decision-Making in Sexual Assault Cases. Total Funds: $14,967.36. Source: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School Research Committee Awards.
  • 2011-2012: MillerCoors Alcohol Retail Partnership Project. Total Funds: $70,710. Source: MillerCoors.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Midwest Criminal Justice Association

Media Coverage:


  • Freiburger, T.L. & Sheeran, A.M. (in press). Teaching Research Methods. Cognella: Academic Publishing.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Jordan, K.L. (2016). Race and Ethnicity in the Juvenile Justice System. Carolina Academic Press.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Marcum, C.D. (2015). Women in the criminal justice system: Tracking the journey of females and crime. Taylor and Francis Group.

Select Publications:

  • Freiburger, T. L. & Sheeran, A.M.** (forthcoming). Evaluation of Safe Streets Treatment Option to reduce recidivism among repeat drunk driving offenders. Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Freiburger, T. L. & Romain, D.M. (forthcoming). An Examination of the impacts of gender, race, and ethnicity on the judicial processing of offenders in domestic violence cases, Crime and Delinquency
  • Romain, D. M. & Freiburger, T.L. (2016). Chivalry revisited: Gender, race/ethnicity, and offense type on domestic violence charge reduction. Feminist Criminology, 11(2), 191-222.
  • Jordan, K.L. & Freiburger, T.L. (2015). The effect of race-ethnicity on sentencing: Examining sentence type, jail length, and prison length. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 13(3), 179-196.
  • Snowden, A.J. & Freiburger, T.L. (2015). Alcohol outlets, social disorganization, and robberies: Accounting for neighborhood characteristics and alcohol outlet types. Social Science Research, 51, 145-162.
  • Hilinski-Rosick, C.M., Freiburger, T.L. & Verheek, A.* (2014). The effects of legal and extra-legal variables on the sentences of sex offenders. Victims and Offenders, 9(3), 334-351.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Hilinski, C. (2013). The effects of race, gender and age on sentencing using a trichotomous dependent variable. Crime & Delinquency, 59(1), 69-86.
  • Freiburger, T.L., Marcum, C.D., Iannacchione, B.M.*, & Higgins, G.E. (2012). Sex offenders and criminal recidivism: An exploratory trajectory analysis using a Virginia sample. Journal of Crime and Justice, 35(3), 365-375.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Burke, A.S. (2011). Status offenders in the juvenile court: The effects of gender, race, and ethnicity on the adjudication decision. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 9(4), 352-365.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Jordan, K.L. (2011). A multilevel analysis of race on the decision to prosecute in the juvenile court. Race and Justice: An International Journal, 1(2), 185-201.
  • Freiburger, T.L. & Hilinski, C. (2010). The impact of race, gender, and age on the pretrial decision. Criminal Justice Review, 35(3), 318-334.
  • Jordan, K. & Freiburger, T.L. (2010). Examining the impact of race and ethnicity on the sentencing of juveniles in the adult court. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 20(2), 185-201.
  • Freiburger, T.L. (2010). The effects of gender, family status, and race on sentencing decisions. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 28(3), 378-395.

Curriculum Vitae