Professor & Director
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Florida (1987)
M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Iowa (1980)
B.A. Sociology, College of William and Mary (1978)
Areas of Expertise:
Intimate partner violence
Gender and crime
Professor Sellers became Director of the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University in 2013. Prior to her service at Texas State, she taught for 22 years in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. She has also held faculty positions in Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and Louisiana State University. Her education includes a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. Dr. Sellers is co-author (with Ronald Akers and Wesley Jennings) of several editions of Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application and has published articles testing criminological theories in journals such as Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Sociological Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Her current research interests involve the influence of gender on the explanation of criminal behavior.