Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Department of History, Politics, Society and Law

Curriculum Vitae


Brian Kohlhepp is a native of the Pittsburgh area, where he still lives with his family. He is a detective at the Ross Township Police Department, and oversees the Ross Police Forensic Investigation Unit. Detective Kohlhepp investigates all major criminal incidents such as suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, and child abuse. He is a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task force, and is a certified police instructor through the FBI and MPOETC.


Detective Kohlhepp was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation of a violent serial rapist, has worked several cases with the FBI and was detailed to Pittsburgh Police Homicide for a homicide of an armored truck employee and a robbery of 2.3 million dollars.


Detective Kohlhepp has received numerous letters, awards, and commendations from his department, the FBI, other police agencies that he has assisted, victim's rights groups, the District Attorney's office, and professional police organizations. Detective Kohlhepp is a member of the International Association for Identification, the Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification where he is currently the president, the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigator's Association.   


Detective Kohlhepp is a board member at UPMC Forensic Advisory Council, and sits on the board of directors for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).

  • B.A.: Criminal Justice, Waynesburg University
  • M.A.: Social Science/Criminal Justice, California University of Pennsylvania