Virginia M. Maxwell, D.Phil.

Virginia Maxwell Headshot
Associate Professor
Assistant Dean

Forensic Science Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Education

D.Phil., Oxford University
B.Sc., (Hons), Liverpool University

About Virginia

Dr. Virginia Maxwell joined the University of New Haven in 2007 after a 15-year career at the State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory in the Trace Evidence Section. Prior to joining the Forensic Laboratory she worked at Yale University and the Royal Military College of Canada. During her time at the laboratory, she worked on many high profile cases in the state and was admitted as an expert in both State and Federal court. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Associate Dean of the Henry C. Lee College, returning to the faculty in 2014 to pursue her interests in animal cruelty investigation.

At the University she has taught many classes in the Forensic Science program and has developed three honors classes for students in the Honors Program. She is the coordinator of the FEPAC-accredited M.S. in Forensic Science and director for the newly approved Animal Cruelty Investigation graduate certificate. Her laboratory research interests are in the degradation of physical evidence, including trace evidence, tool marks, and DNA. Beyond the laboratory, she is using crime data to predict hot spots for crimes against animals, such as dog fighting, the impact of COVID on the meatpacking industry and how this impacted animals in the industrialized agricultural system, and cruelty in horse racing.

Published Books and Articles

Crime Scene Investigation
Physical Evidence
Trace and Transfer Evidence

Courses Developed
  • FORS6697 Thesis 1 with Seminar
  • FORS4404H Criminalistics with Laboratory (honors)
  • FOR450H The Art and Science of Art (honors)
  • FORS4452/6670 Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty
  • HNRS4450 From Baker Street to Las Vegas: The History of Forensic Science (honors)
  • FORS6613 Principles of Forensic Science II
  • FORS6664 Forensic Field Technology Laboratory
Courses Taught
  • FOR215 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • FORS2216 Introduction to Forensic Science for Majors
  • FORS4404 Criminalistics with Laboratory
  • FORS4404H Criminalistics with Laboratory (honors)
  • FORS4450H The Art and Science of Art
  • FORS6640 Advanced Criminalistics
  • FOR6641 Advanced Criminalistics Laboratory
  • FOR6697 Thesis 1 with Seminar
  • FORS6613 Principles of Forensic Science II
  • FORS6664 Forensic Field Technology Laboratory
  • HNRS4450 From Baker Street to Las Vegas: The History of Forensic Science
  • FORS4452/6670 Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty
  • UNIV3000 Honors Book Club
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