Dept. of Justice and Human Services
- D.P.A. University of Illinois, Springfield
- M.P.A. University of Illinois, Springfield
- M.S. Illinois State Universtiy
James A. Brecher, D.P.A., comes to NSU, from Illinois, following a 34-year career in the criminal justice system. Professor Brecher holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield; a master’s degree in sociology from Illinois State University; and a C.A.S. in “Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations” from the University of Illinois. A self-described “pracademic” for much of his career, Dr. Brecher is also a graduate of specialized management programs conducted by Northwestern University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Dr. Brecher has contributed to scholarly publications including the Law Enforcement Executive Forum, and has consulted for municipalities in Florida and Illinois. He has also conducted research for the Illinois State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. Dr. Brecher has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice and public administration. His areas of specialization in Criminal Justice include police organizational behavior, criminal justice ethics, and police interrogations.
Areas of Academic Focus
- administrative ethics
- police culture and organizational behavior
- police unions and collective bargaining
- privatization of criminal justice services
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