Christine M. Cole

Christine Cole is the Executive Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). For 28 years she has worked in the safety and justice sector in policing, institutional and community-based corrections, victim advocacy, and community organizing, as well as having worked as part of a prosecution team. She has executive level management and supervisory experience and has served as a change agent across and within sectors. She has extensive experience as a collaborator and facilitator with practitioners, community members, and academics.

In her current role as Executive Director of the PCJ, Christine manages a team and oversees over $2M in research projects across all facets of the justice and safety sector in the US, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific dedicated toward safety and justice measurement, improvement, and reform.

Christine has a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University); a Master in Community and Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts; as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Human Development from Boston College.   

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Christine M. Cole, Executive Director of the PCJ

Samples of Christine Cole's published research, articles, & interviews

  • Christine Cole on the Community Outcry Over Police Shooting in Missouri
  • Marathon Investigation Reveals Power of Police, Media and Citizen Engagement
  • Post-Gaming the Manhunt
  • Spare Change News: Police Diversity
  • NYPD Crimson
  • Community Policing: Redrawing the Thin Blue Line
  • Moving the Work of Criminal Investigators Towards Crime Control
  • Policing Los Angeles Under a Consent Decree: The Dynamics of Change at the LAPD