L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Kristine Artello

Kristine Artello

Associate professor

Raleigh Building, Room 2015 Phone: (804) 828-4198 Email: kartello@vcu.edu


  • Youth, crime and mental health
  • Law, crime and governmental legitimacy
  • Crime, public narrative and policy


B.A., English Literature, Rosemont College
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
J.D., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., University of California Irvine


Senior seminar, criminal procedure, violent crime, public policy and jurisprudence

Research interests

Sex offending investigations, laws and treatment, law and society, intersection of crime, mental health and community, role of crime and government


Dr. Artello’s research reflects her interdisciplinary approach. In 2015, she and colleagues proposed a more restorative justice system for juvenile offenders rather than the current punitive approach. In 2016, she and Dr. Jay Albanese are exploring public corruption convictions to develop a typology and prevention strategy in their National Institute of Justice grant. While her training informs her research, she also draws on her practitioner experience as an attorney and social worker for 10 years. As a teacher, she uses her practical experience to excite her students and shows how the real world can be informed and improved with research.

Selected publications

Artello, K. (2013) “Shifting ‘tough on crime’ to keeping kids out of jail: Exploring organizational adaptability and sustainability at a mental health agency serving adjudicated children living with severe mental illness.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. On-line first: DOI 10.1177/0887403412473473 (Forthcoming in print)

Artello, K. (2013) “What did they learn?: Using multi-media to engage undergraduates in social problems research.” Innovative Higher Education. On-line first. (Forthcoming in print)

Artello, K. & Williams, S. (2013) “Crime and Stress.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Blackwell.