Dr. Rachel Boba Santos

Professor of Criminal Justice

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Office: CHBS Building, Room 5301
Phone: 540-831-5061
E-Mail: rsantos5@radford.edu


  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.A. Arizona State University
  • B.A. California Lutheran University

Dr. Santos joined the faculty in 2016.


Dr. Santos interests include conducting practice-based research which is implementing and evaluating evidence-based practices in the “real world” of criminal justice.  In particular, she seeks to improve crime prevention and crime reduction efforts by police in areas such as crime analysis, problem solving, accountability, as well as leadership and organizational change.  Other areas of research include police/researcher partnerships, police/community collaboration, hot spot and problem-oriented policing, environmental criminology, crime and place, criminal justice data and technology, experimental research methodology, and program evaluation.

Recent Professional Activity

Dr. Santos recent professional activity includes two random controlled trials (RCT) testing police response in long-term (federally funded) and micro-time (conducted pro bono) property crime hot spots; serving as a subject matter expert for a million dollar BJA grant funding three police departments to develop a crime analysis toolkit; and working with a state police agency in the Northeast and a large North Carolina police department to improve their community collaboration efforts and  implement Stratified Policing, a crime reduction police approach she co-created.  She regularly conducts presentations at state and international conferences and is the keynote speaker for the Southern Policing Institute Annual Alumni Association’s conference where Stratified Policing is the featured topic. Dr. Santos regularly publishes peer-reviewed journal articles and guidebooks for police and has recently collaborated with a number of agencies and organizations to submit grant proposals for the 2016 federal funding cycle.  She has just completed the fourth edition her book, Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping, the only sole-authored textbook for crime analysis. Additional information about Dr. Santos’ research, publications, and other professional activities is available on her curriculum vita.