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Dr. Michael Gizzi

Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Sciences
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 447
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Biography

Dr. Gizzi has taught at Illinois State University since 2008, after spending 13 years at Mesa State College in Colorado. Dr. Gizzi is a political scientist with a focus on judicial process and constitutional law, and has taught criminal justice throughout his career. Dr. Gizzi is an avid photographer, biker, and technology enthusiast. He blogs on technology, privacy issues, law, and politics at www.professorgizzi.org

Current Courses

305.001Criminal Procedure and Evidence

305.002Criminal Procedure and Evidence

400.003Independent Study

101.001Introduction To Criminal Justice Sciences

291.006Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Criminal Justice Sciences

208.001Criminal Law

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr. Gizzi teaches classes in criminal procedure, courts, law and society, criminal law, and introduction to criminal justice.

Research Interests & Areas

Dr. Gizzi's research focuses on the constitutional law of search and seizure (Fourth Amendment), supreme court decision-making, and wrongful conviction. He specializes in the law of vehicle searches and privacy. He is the author of The Fourth Amendment in Flux: The Roberts Court, Crime Control, and Digital Privacy (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2016) and The Web of Democracy: An Introduction to American Politics (Cengage, 2002, 2nd ed.).

Ph D political science

The University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY

MA political science

The University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY

BA political science

Saint Michael's College
Winooski, VT

Outstanding Researcher, Tenured

College of Applied Science and Technology
2015

Outstanding Teacher

College of Applied Science and Technology
2012

Book, Authored

Gizzi, M., & Curtis, R. The Fourth Amendment in Flux: The Roberts Court, Crime Control, and Digital Privacy. University Press of Kansas (2016)

Journal Article

Gizzi, M., Curtis, C., & Boldt, E. US Courts of Appeals and State Supreme Court Responses to Arizona v Gant: A Study in Judicial Impact. Journal of Crime and Justice 37.2 (2014): 20.
Gizzi, M. Using Technology the Founders Never Dreamed Of: Cell Phones as Tracking Devices and the Fourth Amendment. University of Denver Criminal Law Review 4.Fall 2014 (2014): 61-101.
Gizzi, M., & Curtis, R. What is a Landmark Case? Ranking Search and Seizure Cases using Shepard’s Citations. Criminal Law Bulletin 49.2 (2013)
Gizzi, M. Per Curiams Revisited: Assessing the Unsigned Opinion. Judicature 96.3 (2012): 110-118.
Gizzi, M. Methamphetamine and its impact on the criminal justice system: a three year examination of felony drug filings. Journal of Crime and Justice 34.2 (2011): 103-123.

Presentations

Arizona v. Gant’s impact on vehicle searches: an analysis of search incident to arrest in Illinois and North Carolina. Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. (2015)
The Implementation of Precedent: Examining Police Responses to Changes in Vehicle Search and Seizure Case Law. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. (2015)
University Police Departments and Racial Profiling: An Analysis of Traffic Stop Study Data in Illinois. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. (2015)
Explaining the Roberts Court’s Evolving Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence. Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. (2014)
Portable MS Systems for Rapid Screening of Forensic Evidence at Clandestine Drug Operations,. 62nd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Applied Topics. (2014)
Examining the Use of Per Curiam Decisions in Criminal Procedure Cases on the US Supreme Court. Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. (2012)
Plea Bargaining, Local Legal Culture, and Courtroom Workgroups: Reassessing the Literature and Building a New Research Agenda for Criminal Courts. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. (2012)
US Courts of Appeals and State Supreme Court Responses to Arizona v Gant: A Study in Judicial Impact. Midwest Political Science Association. MPSA. (2012)

Grants & Contracts

Analytical Validation and Impact Assessment of On-Site Evidence Screening via Ambient Sampling, Portable Mass Spectrometry. National Institute of Justice. Federal. (2016)
Cross-Disciplinary Research Grant, Digital Search and Seizure Archive. ISU Research and Sponsored Programs. Illinois State University.
Teaching and Learning Development Grant. ISU CTLT. Illinois State University.