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Michael Donahue – Faculty Emeritus

portrait of Michael Donahue

Armstrong Campus


Curriculum Vitae


Michael Donahue received the Ph.D. in Social Science from Michigan State University in 1983. He has more than 15 years in academic leadership and five years as a police officer and Director of Planning and Research for the Savannah Police Department. He has written research articles and essays in a variety of publications, including the Police Chief, Justice Quarterly, the Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Police Practice and Research, the Justice Professional, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the American Journal of Police, and Police Studies: An International Journal. He also has contributed chapters to several books.

In addition, Michael has been a university teacher and professional consultant for 30 years, having participated in over 30 research grants, and authoring or co-authoring more than two dozen research reports. His research interests include the police use of deadly force, police ethics, the death penalty, law enforcement leadership and management and, most recently, cyber criminology.


Ph.D., Social Science (1983)
Michigan State University

M.C.J., Criminal Justice (1977)
University of South Carolina

B.A., Philosophy & Religion (1975)
University of North Carolina – Charlotte

United States Military Academy (1971)
West Point, New York

Courses Taught


Criminal Investigations, Criminology, Directed Research in Criminal Justice, Ethical Theories and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Research Methods, Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (to include Police Use of Force, Film in Criminal Justice, Ethics in Policing, and Capital Punishment), Seminar in Criminal Justice, Seminar in Public Administration, and Universal Justice


Advanced Research Methods, Criminal Justice Leadership and Management, Cyber Crime Investigations, Cyber Criminology, Doctoral Thesis Committee, Law Enforcement Problems and Practices, Master’s Thesis Committees, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Planning and Innovation in Criminal Justice, and Topics in Law Enforcement


Journal Articles

Donahue, M. E. &  Josi, D. A. (2004). Cops in action: The Chatham County police department’s community policing program at Gateway Savannah. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 4(4), 1-28.

Last updated: 12/15/2023