Charles Putnam

Phone: (603) 862-7041
Office: Justice Studies, Huddleston Hall Rm 208, Durham, NH 03824
Charles Putnam

Charles Putnam is co-director of Justiceworks, a research institute at the University of New Hampshire and he is a clinical professor of justice studies at the University of New Hampshire. He joined Justiceworks in December, 2001, after working for 15 years as a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office. At Justiceworks Putnam works with social scientists and criminal justice professionals to define policy issues, evaluate current methods and to devise creative solutions to those issues. Putnam's research interests include the prosecution of crimes against children, the impact of technology on justice information systems, and the evolving issues of personal privacy versus public access to information held by government agencies. Putnam previously worked at the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office as chief of the Homicide Prosecutions Unit and the chief of the Criminal Justice Bureau. Before that he served as a homicide prosecutor, chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, and an advisor to state boards and agencies. Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador, South America from 1979 until 1982 and recently returned from Budapest, Hungary where he was faculty in residence for a group of UNH students.


  • J.D., University of Connecticut
  • B.A., History, Yale University

Research Interests

  • Courts
  • Criminal justice

Courses Taught

  • JUST 401: Intro to Justice Studies
  • JUST 551: Mock Trial
  • JUST 602: Research Internship