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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. John Wang

Professor of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Studies
Director, Certificate Programs in Forensic Studies and High-Tech Crime


Ph.D. -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Criminal Justice)
M.P.A. -- Northern Michigan University
(Public Administration with concentration in Criminal Justice)
B.A. -- Liaoning Normal University
(English with sub-area in Legal Studies)

Statement of Professional Engagement:

Dr. Wang has dual specializations, as he is an expert in many types of forensic investigative techniques, as well as in Asian gangs/organized crime groups who engage in transnational crimes.

Dr. Wang joined China Criminal Police University in 1982 and worked in Service Courses, Criminal Investigation, and Criminalistics Departments until 1989. As a uniformed faculty member, he completed police training courses in fingerprinting, firearms, trace evidence, and questioned document examinations. His experience also included two years as a lab technician at the University.

In the U.S., Dr. Wang completed over 70 credit hours of intermediate forensic science work in several certificate programs. He also finished advanced courses offered by the International Association for Identification on bloodstain patterns, digital photography, lifting fingerprints from textured surfaces, casting techniques using Microsil, and forensic light sources. As a result of his education and experience, he was certified by the International Association for Identification as a lifetime member.

Since 1996, Dr. Wang has been a presenter at the International Gang Specialists Symposium sponsored by the National Gang Crime Research Center.

Research Interests

  • Asian Gangs
  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Digital Fingerprint Comparison
  • Digital Processing of Firearm Evidence
  • Digital Comparison of Handwriting
  • High-Tech Crime Related Topics
Photo of Dr. Wang


Direct Dial Phone: (562) 985-4741

Office Location: Engineering Technology (ET) 245


Classes Dr. Wang Teaches at CSULB

  • CRJU 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 304: Criminological Theory
  • CRJU 403: Comparative Criminal Justice and Transnational Crimes
  • CRJU 440/640: Criminalistics: Forensic Science in the Crime Lab
  • CRJU 441/641: Investigating High Tech Crimes
  • CRJU 520: Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods