Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Programs / M.S. in Criminal Justice: MSCJ Faculty

Christopher Totten

Director, MSCJ Program
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice (Law)

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4069
Phone: 470-578-6739


Dr. Christopher Totten is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice (Law) in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Prior to arriving at KSU, Dr. Totten was an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at The College of New Jersey and a Visiting Lecturer at West Virginia University College of Law. In these positions, he has taught undergraduate and graduate criminal justice, criminology and law students. Dr. Totten's research areas span Criminal Law and Procedure (focus on police searches / seizures and interrogation); International Crime (focus on courts / adjudication); and Law and Social Science (focus on courts / jurisprudence and police attitudes using social science methods). His scholarly publications include twenty-five (25) refereed articles either published or "in press," including articles in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, New Criminal Law Review, Criminal Law Bulletin, University of San Francisco Law Review, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, and Georgetown Journal of International Law; 1 co-authored book over three editions, Criminal procedure for the criminal justice professional; and 1 book chapter. On several of his articles, Dr. Totten has successfully collaborated with current and former students as research assistants and/ or co-authors, and has received several awards at KSU for both his research and mentorship of students in research. In addition, Dr. Totten is currently the Criminal Law Commentator / Contributing Editor for the Criminal Law Bulletin (Volumes 46 through 52). He is also an editorial board member of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society (CCJLS), the official journal of the Western Society of Criminology. He is a member of the State Bar of Maryland and previously worked as an attorney and client advocate at a number of law firms. Finally, Dr. Totten provides training sessions in criminal law and procedure to police officers and leaders as part of the KSU criminal justice program’s workshop training program. Dr. Totten lives in suburban Atlanta, GA with his wife, Dr. Miriam Segura-Totten, 3 year-old son, Sebastian, and 1 cat, Aggie.


LL.M., Georgetown University
J.D., Georgetown University
A.B., Princeton University

MSCJ Faculty