Q&A with New Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Omeed Ilchi

September 8, 2021

Omeed Ilchi is pictured

Omeed Ilchi, Ph.D. received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to PNW, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Westfield State University. 

Research Interests:

  • Police militarization
  • Police accountability
  • Community corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Life-course criminology

Courses Teaching:

  • Community Corrections
  • Intro to the Criminal Justice System
  • Intro to Law Enforcement

What’s the best advice you have received from a mentor?

No matter how busy you are, make time for yourself. Find a few hours a week for “me time” and do something that you genuinely enjoy that is not related to your schoolwork or career.

How have you applied that advice throughout your career/studies?

I would not have finished graduate school without it! It’s a great way to prevent burnout.

Any advice for CHESS students?

In addition to making time for yourself, never be afraid to reach out to someone if you need help. Your professors are here to help you. If you are struggling in a class or with school in general, talk to someone.

What’s a fun fact about you?

In my spare time, I love to cook and bake. I have become pretty good at making pizza dough and sauce from scratch!