Mahesh Nalla

Mahesh  Nalla
  • Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD, University at Albany, SUNY
  • MA, University at Albany, SUNY
  • MA, Andhra University, India
  • BCom, Andhra University, India
  • 524 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 355-2228


Curriculum Vitae


Mahesh Nalla is a Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in East Lansing, USA. His current research projects are centered in two areas: (a) security governance and trust in public and private police, and (b) gendered spaces & sexual violence in emerging democracies. One of his multi-nation projects on firearm-related violence for the United Nations resulted in forming the cornerstone of the draft (UN ECOSOC) International Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials, as a supplement to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. He spearheaded the development and introduction of the first full-time online MS in Criminal Justice in 1998, for which he received an Award for Excellence – Creative Program Credit-Award in 1999 presented to Michigan State University by the University Continuing Education Association Region IV. He served in various administrative roles for the School including Interim Director and Director of Graduate Studies. He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Selected Publications


Predictors of Attitudes toward Sexual Harassment among Chinese Nationals: Are College Students Different?

Year: 2023 Authors: Liu, Y. & Nalla, M.K Journal: Asian Journal of Criminology

Fear, learning or self-control? Predictors of Russian citizens’ compliance with mandatory and voluntary Covid-19 prevention measures

Year: 2023 Authors: Gurinskaya, A., Nalla, M.K., Jayne, C.M. Journal: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Sources of Prejudice Among Police Cadets Towards Foreigners: A Test of Intergroup Threat Theory

Year: 2021 Authors: Demirkol, I. & Nalla, M.K Journal: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Police officers’ punitiveness in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of fear, attribution, and self-legitimacy

Year: 2023 Authors: Nalla, M.K., Gurinskaya, A., & Qureshi, H. Journal: Policing: An International Journal

Does Fear of Migrant Crime predict Xenophobia: Evidence from Three Russian Cities

Year: 2022 Authors: Gurinskaya, A., Nalla, M.K., & Polyakova, E. Journal: European Journal of Criminology