Dr. Adam Ghazi-Tehrani

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director


  • Ph.D. Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine, 2016
  • M.A. Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 2012
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach, 2010
  • B.A. Political Science, University of California, Davis, 2007

Research Areas

  • White-collar crime
  • Cyber-crime
  • Bias crime

Selected Publications


Ghazi-Tehrani, A. K., & Pontell, H. N. (2022). Wayward Dragon: White-collar and Corporate Crime in China. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90704-4

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts:

Dolliver, D. S., Ghazi-Tehrani, A. K., & Poorman, K. T. (2021). Building a robust cyberthreat profile for institutions of higher education: An empirical analysis of external cyberattacks against a large University’s computer network. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 66, 100484. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2021.100484

Pontell, H. N., Tillman, R., & Ghazi-Tehrani, A. K. (2021). In-your-face Watergate: Neutralizing government lawbreaking and the war against white-collar crime. Crime, Law and Social Change, 75(3), 201–219. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-021-09954-1

Ghazi-Tehrani, A. K., & Pontell, H. N. (2021). Phishing Evolves: Analyzing the Enduring Cybercrime. Victims & Offenders, 16(3), 316–342.     https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2020.1829224

Ghazi-Tehrani, A., & Kearns, E. M. (2020). Biased Coverage of Bias Crime: Examining Differences in Media Coverage of Hate Crimes and Terrorism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2020.1830573

Ghazi-Tehrani, A., & Pontell, H. N. (2020). Corruption in the United States and China: Codes of conduct vs. crackdowns. Crime, Law and Social Change, 73(1), 73–92. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-019-09848-3

Ghazi-Tehrani, A. (2019). Regulating Cyber Space: Advanced Persistent Threats. Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, 11(1) 236-255.

Pontell, H. N., Ghazi-Tehrani, A., & Chang, T. (2017). Economic Crime and China’s High-Speed Railway: A Case Study of the Wenzhou Crash. Asian Journal of Criminology. http://doi.org/10.1007/S11417-016-9242-5

Ghazi-Tehrani, A., Williams, L., Fun, Y., & Pontell, H. (2017). State Legitimacy and Government Crime: The China-Japan Rare Earth Element Case. Critical Issues in Justice & Politics.

Ghazi-Tehrani, A., & Pontell, H. N. (2015). Corporate crime and state legitimacy: the 2008 Chinese melamine milk scandal. Crime, Law and Social Change, 63(5), 247–267. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-015-9567-5

Ghazi-Tehrani, A. (2015). The current state of cybercrime in Thailand: Legal, technological, and economic barriers to effective law enforcement. Journal of Thai Justice System, 1(1), 1-28. ISSN: 19063253

Ghazi-Tehrani, A., Pushkarna, N., Shen, P., Geis, G., & Pontell, H. N. (2013). White-collar and corporate crime in China: a comparative analysis of enforcement capacity and non-issue making. Crime, Law and Social Change, 60(3), 241–260. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-013-9454-x