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A Community of Research Scholars

As an emerging national research university on the southwest border of the United States, the Center for Law & Human Behavior leverages its unique location and the unparalleled expertise of the faculty at UTEP to generate cutting cutting-edge research and program evaluation in support of the nation’s borders and the criminal justice system.







The goal of CLHB's research area is to identify, foster, create and increase expertise for the university in the thematic areas of Behavior, Law & the Homeland Security Enterprise, Trade & Travel, and Threat & Risk Management in order to promote related research and grant funding success.

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The goal of the CLHB's education area is to facilitate different forms of knowledge translation to create connections to the relevant practitioner, policy-maker and researcher communities, particularly in the areas of professional and transnational development, as well as policy briefs.




The goal of the CLHB's outreach area is to increase the center's visibility and showcase capabilities and capacities as a resource, establishing local, national, and international partnerships, and educating the public on the work that is being conducted in the area of borders.

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Homeland Security Symposium Series

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The Center for Law & Human Behavior (CLHB) at The University of Texas at El Paso, under the direction of the Borders, Trade and Immigration Institute (BTI), created the Homeland Security Symposium Series to increase the amount of education and training on DHS related issues and relevant security subject matter.

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UTEP's Leading Center
on Homeland Security Studies

The Center for Law & Human Behavior (CLHB) at The University of Texas at El Paso stands as an interdisciplinary, global and research-driven unit with a focus on borders and their communities through the development of empirically-based and community grounded and informed research.

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Dr. Jeff Rojek - Director

Dr. Jeff Rojek is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to UTEP, he was Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Rojek earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has received more than $1 million research funding from federal, state, and local grants and research contracts as a principal or co-principal investigator. His primary area of study is police officer and organization behavior with research on topics that include: use of force, officer injuries, racial bias in traffic stops, officer-involved traffic collisions, officer decision-making in tactical events, police practitioner-research partnerships, and officer misconduct. Dr. Rojek has published over 30 scholarly articles and chapters in such outlets as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Police Quarterly, Policing, and Review of Policy Research.