Elizabeth Webster, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Mundelein Center, Room 807A

Phone: 773.508.8631


CV Link: Webster CV 2022


Dr. Webster joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Fall of 2018. She is a former communications professional at the Innocence Project, and an alum of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. She studies criminal justice system errors and the processes, policies, and perceptions that contribute to, and remedy, these errors. Her research, “A Postconviction Mentality: Prosecutorial Assistance as a Pathway to Exoneration,” which explores prosecutors’ decision making in wrongful conviction cases, was funded by the National Institute of Justice. Her current research projects include prosecutors' decision making in plea bargaining and exonerated defendants’ perceptions of their postconviction legal process.


Research Interests

Miscarriage of Justice, Criminal Justice Policy, Courts, Corrections, Law and Society, Theories of Crime, Qualitative Research Methods, Crime and the Media, Gender and Crime, Race and Crime



Courses Taught

CJC 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior

CJC 312 Popular Culture and Crime

CJC 372 Race, Ethnicity and Crime

CJC 374 Miscarriages of Justice