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Floyd Berry

Floyd Berry picture  10 Hines Academic Center
  (512) 245-2174
  fb1037@txstate.edu

Floyd Berry earned a  B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas.  He is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M-Central Texas, serving as department chair for the Social Sciences.  His research interests include civil disobedience, race-based jury nullification, liminality, and deviant behavior. His teaching interests include cultural anthropology and religious studies (e.g., religious terrorism). He is a retired criminal justice practitioner after 30 years of service in law enforcement, community corrections, and institutional corrections.

Cirriculum Vitae

Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks photo10 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
rb1442@txstate.edu

Rachel Brooks earned a B.A. in Plan II/History from the University of Texas, a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Her research interests include jury and offender decision-making, indigent defender representation systems, specialty courts, and juvenile justice.

Monica Caballero

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Monica Caballero earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Her research interests include geographic crime analysis and mapping, statistics, corrections, management, and theory.

Marcus T. Carey

Marcus 208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
mtc34@txstate.edu

Jennifer Carreon

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(512) 245-2174
jc203@txstate.edu

Jennifer Carreon earned a B.S. and Master’s in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Jennifer’s areas of research interests focus on youth in the justice system. More specifically, Jennifer is interested in assisting practitioners, such as juvenile correctional officers, in employing data to inform practices and treatment plans. She is also interested in evaluating the juvenile justice system’s performance, as a whole, with the goal of improving appropriation strategies and outcome measures for local and state agencies.

Stacey Davis

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Stacey Davis earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from San Diego State University. She also served nine years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst. Her research interests include white-collar crime, gender disparities in sentencing, military justice system, and sex-based crime. Stacey is currently working as a graduate assistant at Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).

Joel Denney

no photoJoel Denney earned a B.S. in Applied Sociology from Texas State University and an M.A. in Sociology from The George Washington University. His academic interests include constitutional law and civil liberties, police training and use-of-force techniques, racial and economic inequality, conflict theory, and juvenile justice.

Lindsay Deveau

LindsayHill House
(512) 245-2174
lnd12@txstate.edu

Lindsay Deveau earned a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Barry University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Her research interests include intimate partner violence and victimology.   Lindsay is currently working on her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Mark Stafford and Dr. Christine Sellers.  Her dissertation is a qualitative study, examining victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence in an attempt to fill the gaps between intimate partner violence perspectives and typologies.

Curriculum Vitae

Kevin Elliott

no photoHill House
(512) 245-2174
de1105@txstate.edu

Kevin Elliott earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.  He is a retired detective sergeant from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept where he worked in gangs, homicide, and anti-terrorism.  Since retirement, Kevin has been the director of corporate security and crisis management expert for Toyota Motor Corporation.  He is currently working on his dissertation, a study of behavioral indicators of impending assaults in police-citizen contacts. 

Danielle Fenimore

Danielle Fenimore Hill House
(512) 245-2174
dmf83@txstate.edu

Danielle Fenimore earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in forensic studies, a B.S. in Anthropological Sciences, with a concentration in physical and forensic anthropology, and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She is a teaching assistant for the Department of Criminal Justice, and is teaching Statistics for Criminal Justice in the Fall 2017 semester. Her research interests include research methods, statistics, gun ownership, and crime mapping and analysis.

Allison Fernandez

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(512) 245-2174
ajf92@txstate.edu

Allison J. Fernandez earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies and an A.A. in Criminal Justice from San Antonio College. She also has a B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include measurement issues, developmental/life-course criminology, and juvenile delinquency. Allison is currently working on research projects in a variety of areas, including teen courts, veterans courts, and labeling.

Candice Fletcher

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Candice B. Fletcher earned her B.S in both Sociology and Criminal Justice from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her M.A in Criminal Justice from City University of New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interest include sex offender recidivism and treatment, and race and ethnicity studies.

Arindam Ghosh

Arindam Ghosh 06 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
a_g559@txstate.edu

Arindam Ghosh earned a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Shivaji University, India; an M.S. in Science, Technology and Public Policy, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. Arindam’s areas of research interests focus on geography and crime, and social disorganization and routine activity theories.  More specifically, Arindam is interested in exploring how changes in crime patterns relate to changes in the built environment.  Arindam is studying under the direction of Dr. Mark Stafford and working on his dissertation which involves analyzing the effect of criminogenic facilities on the nature and extent of the spatial distribution of different types of crime. He also works as a senior analyst for Bexar County Judicial Services in San Antonio, TX.

Jeremiah Hicks

Jeremiah07 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
jh1709@txstate.edu

Guliz Kraft

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(512) 245-2174
gk22@txstate.edu

Andrea Krajewski

Andrea07 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
aek48@txstate.edu

Kevin Leverenz

Kevin10 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
kl1181@txstate.edu

Jessica Marinez

Jessica07 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
jlm290@txstate.edu

Jessica Marinez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s Degree from Texas State University, both in Criminal Justice. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant in the Health Professions Department at Texas State and as a research assistant at the Texas School Safety Center. Jessica is currently working with Dr. Brian Withrow on developing a database that identifies all Criminal Justice programs in the United States that offer an associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree. Her areas of research interests include wrongful convictions, poverty and crime, and alcohol and crime.

Kathy Martinez-Prather

Kathy10 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
km60@txstate.edu

Dustin Melbardis

Dustin 208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
melbardis@txstate.edu

Dustin Melbardis earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from East Tennessee State University. He is currently working on his dissertation addressing the effects of commuters on crime rates across the country. This topic emerged from his general interest in measurement in the social sciences. Other current projects include mapping police stops by specialty units in Austin and using NCAA rules violations, suspensions and other penalties to predict future criminal activity.

Curriculum Vitae

Kyle Mueller

Kyle Mueller208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
km1495@txstate.edu

Kyle Mueller earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. He is a graduate assistant, currently working to standardized curriculum at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). During the academic year, Kyle teaches Juvenile Justice, a writing-intensive, upper-level undergraduate Criminal Justice course. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at the Texas School Safety Center. His primary research interests include the presence of implicit racial associations and their impact on the conviction rates of minority defendants. Kyle’s current research project focuses on the representation of indigent defendants by public counsel and the verdict outcomes in their cases. 

Keeyoon Noh

Keeyoon Noh, doctoral student07 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
k_n66@txstate.edu

Tameishia Olden

no photo Hill House
(512) 245-2174
tlo29@txstate.edu

Tameishia Olden earned an A.A.S. in Environmental, Safety, and Security Technology and a B.A. in Social Science at Thomas Edison State College. She also earned a graduate certificate in Terrorism and Counterinsurgency Studies and Master of Security Studies with a concentration in Regional Studies at Angelo State University. She has several years of experience in the criminal justice field working in security, corrections, law enforcement communications, and as an instructor. Currently, she is a substance abuse counselor at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice contract facility. Her research interests include international terrorism, racial profiling, child abuse, treatment of chemical dependency and mental health disorders in the criminal justice system, and criminal justice education.

David Prosser

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(512) 245-2174
dp1274@txstate.edu

David earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of North Texas and a M.S. in criminal justice from Texas State University. His research interests focus on terrorism, policing, and environmental criminology. Specifically, David’s current research focuses on identifying guardianship variables of developed nations and developing variables for failed states to analyze the origin and strike patterns of terror cells. His previous research focuses on police leadership, police identity, and geographic analysis of hotspots for violent crimes.

Brian Reyes

Brian 208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
br1162@txstate.edu

Tiffany Rogers

Tiffany Rogers
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tag70@txstate.edu

Tiffany Rogers earned a B.A. in Psychology from Washburn University and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. She is currently working with Dr. Donna Vandiver on a research project investigating facets of animal abuse, and with Dr. Lucia Summers studying lethality of assault. Tiffany's research interests include crimes against animals, juvenile sex offenders, and policy efficacy. 

Stephan Rothstein

Stephan Rothstein photo 208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
sr1411@txstate.edu

Stephan Rothstein earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Management from Wayland Baptist University. He also has more than 20 years of experience as a police officer. His research interests are factors affecting crime, specifically when and where various crimes are committed. Stephan is studying under the direction of Dr. Marcus Felson and working on his dissertation on factors affecting when burglaries occur.

Curriculum Vitae

William "Billy" Sandel

Billy SandelHill House
(512) 245-2174
wls43@txstate.edu

William “Billy” Sandel earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and a a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. He has also earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.  He is a Doctoral Research Assistant at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center where he works with Dr. M. Hunter Martaindale, the Director of Research.  Billy has received a number of awards, scholarships, and recognitions, including the Doctoral Merit Fellowship, the Rising Scholar Scholarship, and the Dean’s List.  His research interests include conservation criminology, environmental criminology, hostage negotiations, and active shooter events.  

Callie Shaw

Callie ShawHill House
(512) 245-2174
cdc173@txstate.edu

Callie Shaw earned a B.S. in Criminology, summa cum laude, and an M.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, from Texas A & M University- Kingsville, a J.D. from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, and an L.L.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently a graduate assistant at Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid response Training (ALERRT). Her research interests include white-collar crime/green-collar crime, environmental racism, and environmental crimes. Additionally, she currently conducts research into active shooter events, focusing on the active shooter profile.

Cirriculum Vitae

Barbara Smith

Barbara 208 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
bs1434@txstate.edu

Barbara Smith earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.  Her research interests focus on decision-making, immigration and crime, and program evaluation.  She was a doctoral research assistant on a large National Institute of Justice project for Dr. Kim Rossmo and Dr. Lucia Summers.  Her dissertation is titled Offender decision-making: The influence of drugs and alcohol.

Jason Smith

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(512) 245-2174
js38219@txstate.edu

Tyler Vaughan

Tyler07 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-2174
tjvaughan@txstate.edu

Tyler Vaughan earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Tyler’s research focuses on measurement and control theories of crime, including those that focus at the individual and neighborhood level. He is research assistant to Dr. Shayne Jones. Under the direction of Dr. Mark Stafford, Tyler’s dissertation re-examines the relationship between self-control and crime across neighborhoods that differ by economic and social disadvantage. Tyler has also studied Veteran’s treatment courts and has an interest in initiatives meant to reintegrate veterans and divert them from the criminal justice system. Tyler’s work has been published in Criminal Justice Policy Review, Violence and Gender, and the American Journal of Criminal Justice.