Justin Gelzhiser

Visiting Scientist

Department of Health Policy and Management

PhD          The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)        2018

M.S. Ed.   The University of Pennsylvania                                            2012

Current research examines the global impact of gun violence in American schools. With a large number of international students throughout the American higher education system, a local act of deadly gun violence on a college campus quickly becomes of international concern.

With support from The Harvard Injury Control Research Center, a research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a follow-up study to one already conducted in Los Angeles is being constructed. It will provide a cross-national comparison of international student perceptions of American gun culture and campus gun violence including students from places such as MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, and Harvard University.

Additionally, domestic student data is being collected to make comparisons between these student groups. Other developing studies center on collecting community and family data to provide a more robust picture of the research foci.


Gelzhiser, J. A. (2019). International student perceptions of American gun culture and school shootings: a public health examination. Violence and victims, 34(6), 972-991.

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2018). Deadly gun violence on American college campuses: UCLA international student perspectives. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (2043941261)

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2018). Positivistic vs. Humanistic Emphases in Admissions and Student Affairs Research: International student perspectives. UCLA’s GSE&IS Research & Inquiry Conference Journal. Retrieved from https://ric.gseis.ucla.edu/2018/ 

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2015). Acculturation practices of 5th grade student immigrant populations: A longitudinal cross-continental study. California Institute of Freirean Educators (CAFE) Online Journal, Education and Immigration. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwA3A-XMrHpfX0IzTEZCRFZ6SEU/view