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 work broadly examines how certain behaviors or events become defined and/or responded to in law and policy. Recently, she and Dr. Jay Albanese have published several articles on public corruption case investigation process and prosecution.  She currently is an associate professor at the VCU Wilder School, where she primarily teaches law and public policy classes.

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.