Natalie Todak

Natalie Todak

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Natalie Todak is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University (ASU) and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Mixed Research Methods from UAB. She uses qualitative and mixed methods to study critical issues in policing. Her current work is focused on police diversity, culture, misconduct, and whistleblowing. She has also studied police body-worn cameras, de-escalation, and women in policing extensively. In 2019, she was selected as a National Institute of Justice LEADS Academic, in recognition of her collaborative work with agencies to further evidence-based policing. In 2022, she was the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, Early Career Award winner, which recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of policing by someone who received their Ph.D. degree within the last five years. She was also awarded the John R. Hepburn Alumni Scholar Award in 2023 from her doctoral granting program at ASU. She has published in leading journals such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Crime and Delinquency, and Police Quarterly.

  • Women in policing
  • Body-worn cameras
  • De-escalation
  • Police misconduct
  • PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2017

    Arizona State University

  • MS in Criminal Justice, 2012

    Bowling Green State University

  • BA in Psychology, 2010

    University of California, San Diego