Sunil Dutta, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice

Los Angeles, CA

Law enforcement professional. Former research biologist. Amateur musician.

  • M.A. Homeland Security, Naval Postgraduate School, United States Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Monterey, CA, (2012)
  • Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of California, Davis (1995)
  • M.S. Plant Physiology, University of Florida, Gainesville (1989)
  • B.S. Botany, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India (1986)

Dr. Sunil Dutta is a full time law enforcement professional working in Los Angeles (LAPD).  He has been with the LAPD for sixteen years.  His assignments have included Watch Commander, Internal Affairs Investigator, Special Projects Unit Officer-in-Charge, field supervisor, patrol officer, Staff Researcher, and Collision Investigator.  Prior to joining the LAPD, Dutta was a scientist with a specialization in biochemistry (host-pathogen interactions, plant hormones, carbohydrate metabolism, and regulation of dormancy).  He is a published author and amateur musician.  Dr. Dutta has published several articles related to terrorism and criminal justice.

Dr. Dutta’s teaching experience goes back two decades and includes teaching police academy instructors as well as high-level police and military professionals at the International Law Enforcement Academy.  He has taught at all levels, including high school, community college, and university.

Dutta created the first iteration of the Dynamics of Terrorism class and began teaching this Master’s level class at Colorado Technical University in January 2013.  He has great interest in the field of terrorism, both on theoretical and practical levels.  Dutta’s research has focused on historical roots of terrorism in South Asia, with particular emphasis on transnational terrorism emanating from Afghanistan-Pakistan region.  In March 2012, Dutta earned a Master’s degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he was awarded the Curtis H. “Butch” Straub Award for exemplary academic achievement and leadership.

As a former research biologist, Dutta has extensive knowledge of weapons of mass destruction, especially biological and chemical weapons.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Homeland Security, Criminal Justice

Why are YOU IN?

Higher learning to me means the ability to see beyond the minutia and see the proverbial “big picture.” My aim is to inculcate a sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity in my students – so that they can be analytical and seek the answers, instead of relying on information alone.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Show the students the root cause(s) of issues, infuse within them the sense of wonder, and develop the ability of the students to see the entire issue instead of just fragments.

Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

My personal interests include traveling, hiking in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, learning an ancient form of classical Indian music (called Dhrupad), reading (about everything), listening to music, and writing about criminal justice issues and terrorism.

Whenever I can, I organize classical music concerts in the United States by great Indian musicians.  I have also produced some rare recordings of dhrupad music.

  • Dutta, S (2013).  After Christopher Dorner’s rampage, how to build community trust in police.  Op Ed.  Washington Post Sunday Outlook Section, Page B2.  February 17, 2013.
  • Dutta, S (2012).  Pakistan as the next enemy of US?  Pakistan Daily Times.  Op Ed. October 06, 2012.
  • Dutta, S (2012).  Clash of identities — the reason for India-Pakistan conflict?  Pakistan Daily Times.  “Comment” Op Ed Section.  May 20, 2012.\05\21\story_21-5-2012_pg3_6
  • Dutta, S (2012).  Viewpoints: Pakistan at a turning point as U.S. exits Afghanistan.  Sacramento Bee.  Sunday Op Ed.  Page 5 E.  April 22, 2012.
  • Dutta, S (2012).  Pakistan stands isolated in South Asia.  Pakistan Daily Times.  “Comment” Op Ed Section.  April 21, 12.\04\21\story_21-4-2012_pg3_3
  • Dutta, S (2012).  History as the architect of the present: what made Kashmir the nucleus of South Asia terrorism.  India-Pakistan conflict and its impact on U.S. homeland security.  Naval Postgraduate School Masters Thesis.  March 30, 2012.
  • Dutta, S  In edited work by Todd Scott.  “Introduction to Criminal Justice: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac.”  Wadsworth.  1st edition (August 23, 2011).  ISBN-10: 1111828334
  • Dutta, S (2011).  Police Need More Nonlethal Alternatives to Firearms.  Christian Science Monitor: Opinion.  July 7, 2011.
  • Dutta, S (2011).  Is Terrorism Dead.  India Currents.  Analysis.  May 9, 2011
  • Dutta, S (2011).  Bin Laden, Pakistan and the end of terrorism.  Sunday Opinion Page.  Daily News.  May 8, 2011.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  How to fix America's broken criminal justice system.  Christian Science Monitor: Opinion.  December 30, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Criminal profiling vs. racial profiling.  Chicago Tribune: Commentary.  November 22, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Not Race Alone.  Profiling By Police Is Crucial, As Long As It Takes Into Account All Factors.  Los Angeles Times.  Op-Ed.  November 22, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  How to Prevent Terrorism and Crime: New Ideas on Intelligence and Policing.  Sunday Opinion.  Daily News.  November 14, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Nonlethal Weapons Will Bring a Revolution to Policing.  Sunday Opinion.  Daily News.  September 5, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Viewpoints: It's time to Pull the Plug on the War Against Drugs.  Sacramento Bee.  Sunday Edition.  September 5, 2010.  Also, reprinted in Fresno Bee – September 5, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Thank the British Empire for terrorism in South Asia.  Online Commentary.  Daily News.  August 31, 2010.
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Why We Are Destined To Fail In Afghanistan.  India Currents Magazine.  August 03, 2010
  • Dutta, S (2010).  Viewpoints: End to Afghan war must involve India, Pakistan.  Sacramento Bee.  Sunday Edition.  August 1, 2010
  • Dutta, S (2009).  My search as a cop for justice in a flawed criminal system.  Opinion, Print Edition, Christian Science Monitor.  10/28/2009
  • Dutta, S (2009).  Injustices in a flawed criminal-justice system.  Ventura County Star.  10/25/2009.
  • Dutta, S (2009).  The root of Pakistan's Jihadi Politics Lies in the Partition of India in 1947.  Daily News.  08/20/2009
  • Dutta, S (2009).  Pakistan's Jihadi Politics Rooted in India Partition.  Ventura County Star.  08/18/2009
  • Dutta, S (2009).  Making the case for creating a more comprehensive public safety agency.  Sunday Column.  Daily News.  04/05/2009.
  • Dutta, S  (2007).  Immigrants and Jihad.  India Currents Magazine.  March 2007 Issue.
  • Dutta, S  (2007).  Death Penalty.  The Nation Magazine.  02/26/2007.
  • Dutta, S (2007).  An Outsider’s Take on “Terror.”  01/06/2007.,0093.htm
  • Dutta, S (2006).  U.S. Must Act to Avoid Europe’s Terror Problems.  India West.  11/10/2006.
  • Dutta, S (2005).  Cameras in Police Cars would be Invaluable.  Guest columnist.  Daily News.  12/14/2005.
  • Dutta, S (2005).  Police Aren’t the Cause of Our Violence.  Sunday Viewpoint, guest columnist.  Daily News.  03/06/2005.
  • Dutta, S (2005).  Don’t Blame Police for Social Problems.  Sunday op-editorial.  Ventura County Star.  03/06/2005.
  • Dutta, S (2005).  Morality of Capital Punishment.  In: Capital Punishment.  Mary E. Williams, Editor.  Greenhaven Press, January 2005.  P40:46.
  • Dutta, S (2004).  We Can’t Let Revenge Dominate Our Lives.  Op-editorial/Opinion.  Daily News.  05/18/2004.
  • Dutta, S (2004).  Revenge is Not the Answer.  My Turn Essay.  P15.  Newsweek.  05/03/2004.
  • Dutta, S (2003).  Modern Crime of Modern Times.  Identity Theft.  World and I Magazine.  October 2003.
  • Bly, R, and Dutta, S (2003).  Four Translations of Ghalib.  In Bedford Anthology of World Literature:  The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1900.  Paul Davis et al. Editors.  Bedford/ St. Martin’s Publishers.  ISBN: 0312402643.
  • Dutta, S (2003).  Diseased Politics.  Current Religious Fundamentalism in India is Similar to Muslim League Separatism of 1940’s.  The Hindu.  2/20/2003
  • Dutta, S (2002).  Identity Theft: How to Deal with it.  Providence Journal.  Op-editorial.  12/23/2002
  • Dutta, S (2001).  Numbers Game Won’t Prevent Racial Profiling.   Editorial.  Ventura County Star.  11/13/2001.
  • Dutta, S (2002) On the Thin Blue Line.  One Officer’s Experience in the Los Angeles Police Department.  Essay.  World and I Magazine.  October 2002. Volume 17 (10): 290-299
  • Dutta, S (2002).  Officer Believes Police Stops Should be Taped.  Commentary, Ventura County Star.  B7.  08/01/2002
  • Dutta, S (2002).  Humans Playing God.  Capital Punishment.  Tikkun Magazine.  July 2002.  Volume 17(4): 17-20
  • Dutta, S (2002).  There’s No Excuse for the Carnage on U.S. Roads.  Editorial.  Ventura County Star.  02/13/2002
  • Dutta, S (2001).  Sometimes Cops Profile by Race.  Los Angeles Times.  Op-editorial.  10/30/2001.
  • Dutta, S (2001).  Blaming Police is the Epitome of Escapism.  Sunday Editorial.  Ventura County Star.  B8.  09/09/01.
  • Dutta, S (2001).  Leaps: Stories of risk.  Going Under.  Hope Magazine.  Summer 2001/No. 27: 24-27, 55.
  • Dutta, S (2001).  Obsession for Youth Hurts Elderly.  Los Angeles Times.  Essay.  01/06/01.
  • Dutta, S (2000).  Lawsuits torment good, not bad, officers.  Los Angeles Daily News.  Op-Editorial.  09/07/00.
  • Dutta, S (2000).  Cleaning Rampart-A Cops View.  Los Angeles Daily News. Op-Editorial.  02/23/00.
  • Dutta, S (1999).  Cops Are Not Molded in a Brutal Mold.  Los Angeles Times.  Op-Editorial.  10/27/99.
  • Bly, R and Dutta, S (1999).  The Lightening Should Have Fallen on Ghalib.  Selected poems of Ghalib.  Ecco Press.
  • Bly, R and Dutta, S (1999).  The Sword Wound, The Candle Flame.  Arts & Letters.  Journal of Contemporary Culture.  Issue 1:  Spring 1999.
  • Bly, R and Dutta, S  (1998-99).  My Destiny.  Sufi.  40:12.
  • Bly, R and Dutta, S (1998).  Ghalib, Three Poems.  The American Poetry Review.  27/5:56
  • Dutta, S, KJ Bradford; DJ Nevins (1997)  Mannanase activity from the cell wall  extracts of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.).  Plant Physiology  113:155-161
  • Dutta, S, KJ Bradford; DJ Nevins  (1994)  Cell wall auto-hydrolysis in isolated endosperms of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.).  Plant Physiology 104:623-628.
  • Dutta, S and KJ Bradford (1994)  Water relations of lettuce seed thermoinhibition.  II.  Ethylene and endosperm effects on base water potential.  Seed Science Research  4:11-18.
  • Dutta, S; KJ Bradford; DJ Nevins (1993)  Cell wall auto-hydrolysis exhibited by lettuce endosperm. Plant Physiology S 17.
  • Dutta, S and RH Biggs  (1991)  Regulation of ethylene biosynthesis in citrus leaves infected with Xanthomonas campestris pv. citri.  Physiologia Plantarum  82:225-230.
Awards or achievements
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (NPS/CHDS) - awarded the prestigious Curtis H. “Butch” Straub Award, for exemplary academic achievement and leadership by the NPS/CHDS.
  • The Police Medal for bravery by the LAPD, for saving the life of a distraught man at great risk to his own life.
Professional memberships
  • Member, Homeland Security Program Committee, Colorado Technical University
  • Board Member, Colorado Tech University Criminal Justice Program Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Center for Restorative Justice, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • Board Member, Death Penalty Focus, California
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, member elect
Research Interests
  • Terrorism in South Asia and its impact in the region and beyond.
  • Criminal Justice and law enforcement reform.
  • Ethics, professionalism, and efficiency in law enforcement.
  • Community Oriented Policing (COP) and Intelligence Led Policing (ILP).
  • Balancing civil liberties and counter-terrorism.
  • Counter-terrorism and intelligence acquisition.