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NIJ Directors, 1969–Present

NIJ was created in 1969 and has been in the forefront of nearly every innovation in criminal justice research and policy ever since. The following Director's have led the Institute in that work. Select a director to view a list of their speeches, remarks, and testimony.

David B. Muhlhausen, Director, 2017-Present

Howard M. Spivak, Acting Director, January-August 2017

Nancy Rodriguez, Director, February 2015-January 2017

Greg Ridgeway, Acting NIJ Director, June 2013-July 2014

John H. Laub, NIJ Director, June 2010-January 2013

Kristina Rose, Acting Director 2009–2010

David W. Hagy, Director 2006–2009

Sarah V. Hart, Director 2001–2005

  • DOJ Oversight: Funding Forensic Sciences (pdf, 24 pages)
    Statement before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
    Director Sarah V. Hart
    July 31, 2003
  • Regarding the President’s DNA Initiatives
    Statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    July 17, 2003
  • Regarding DNA Initiatives
    Statement before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
    May 14, 2002
  • Regarding Less-Than-Lethal Weapons
    Statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    May 2, 2002

Jeremy Travis, Director 1995–2000

Date Modified: January 31, 2018​