Marijana Kotlaja

Campus: Springfield



  • PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2019, University of Nebraska
  • MS, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2014, University of Central Missouri
  • BS, Political Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2012, University of Missouri Kansas City


  • CRM 220 Criminology
  • CRM 415 Difference and Diversity in Criminology
  • CRM 746 Global Criminology

Research and professional interests

Dr. Kotlaja’s primary research interests focus on juvenile delinquency, cross-cultural comparisons, and aggregate data issues. A broad theme of her research agenda is understanding how experiences with strains and stressors impact perceptions, social interactions, and behaviors related to radicalization, crime, and deviance. She currently serves as editor of Inter-News for the Division of International Criminology within the American Society of Criminology. 

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, University of Central Missouri, 2019 
  • PhD Student of the Year, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2019 
  • Diversity Scholar Stipend Award, Missouri State University, 2019