Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Ruffin

Meet Dr. James Ruffin

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Human Development (The Fielding Graduate Institute)
  • M.A., Human Development (The Fielding Institute)
  • M.S., Criminal Justice (The University of Southern Mississippi)
  • B.S., Criminal Justice (The University of Southern Mississippi)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. James Ruffin joined CCU as an affiliate faculty member in January 2014. He teaches courses in relations management, criminal justice, and psychology and also serves as a subject matter expert for numerous course developments.

Ruffin spent 26 years in both federal and state law enforcement agencies and retired in December 2012 as the group supervisor for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Dallas, Texas. During his time with the government, Ruffin traveled both nationally and internationally to achieve organizational goals. Dr. Ruffin has been honored as a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, and as a Diplomat of the American College of Law Enforcement Experts.

Currently Ruffin owns a consulting firm that provides trial and litigation services to individuals and organizations involved with both criminal and civil litigation. Ruffin conducts focus groups, mock trials, prepares witnesses for testimony, and works closely with attorneys during the trial to achieve positive outcomes. Ruffin is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer.

Ruffin focuses his research on interrogation techniques and their impact on confessions. Ruffin has taught interviewing and interrogation techniques for over 20 years and believes most law enforcement techniques belong in the category of psychological manipulation.

Ruffin resides in Texas with his wife Angie and their two children Sunni and Buddy.

  • Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues. Law Enforcement Interrogations: An Ethical Perspective. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA (2012).
  • Law Enforcement Perspective Regarding the Use of Trickery and Deceit During the Interrogation Process. (2002) Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Company.
  • The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Journal "The Admissibility of Evidence Gained Through Searches by Private Persons", Winter 1990
  • The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Journal "Hot Pursuit: Why the Need?" March/April 1990