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  • Image of Christina Barbour

    Christina Barbour earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, with a minor in Political Science in 2016, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2018 from Texas State University. In the fall of 2018, Christina will begin working on her third degree from the university when she enters the School of Criminal Justice as a doctoral student. Her research interests are: theory, policies and practices shaping victims’ services, and commonalities between victim and perpetrator in terms of services sought. Christina has volunteered at the Gardner Betts Juvenile Center, and worked closely families of homicide victims at the nonprofit, the Christi Center. Christina was recently admitted into Phi Alpha Alpha, an international honor society of Public Affairs.

  • Floyd Berry picture  10 Hines Academic Center
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      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 photo10 Hines Academic Center
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    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.

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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, and theory. Her recent work has been presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference.

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    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.

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    jd1281@txstate.edu

    Joel 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.

  • LindsayHill House
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    lnd12@txstate.edu

    Lindsay Deveau earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Barry University in 2007, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2011. She is currently a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. She is finishing her dissertation work on intimate partner violence perspectives and typologies under the direction of Dr. Mark Stafford and Dr. Christine Sellers. Her research interests are qualitative methods, intimate partner violence, and victimology. Some of her recent work has been presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and published in Violence Against Women.

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Barbara Dinkins  Hill House
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    Barbara Joyce Dinkins earned a Bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Criminology and a Master's degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include personality and individual level differences, especially psychopathy. As a doctoral teaching assistant, she teaches Statistics for Criminal Justice.

  • Aaron Duron

    Aaron Duron earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on law enforcement from Texas State University in 2016, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in 2018. He is currently a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. He is also working as a research assistant for the ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) center. His research interests are policing, law enforcement, criminal law, and criminal psychology. Some of the projects he has worked on has been presented at the American Society of Criminology conferences.

  • Kevin Elliott photoKevin 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 regarding connectivity as a critical mitigant of Post Traumatic Stress in retired law enforcement.

  • Danielle Fenimore Hill House
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    dmf83@txstate.edu

    Danielle Fenimore earned a B.S. in Anthropological Sciences, with a concentration in forensic anthropology, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in forensic evidence and investigation in 2012, and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Radford University in Radford, Virginia in 2015. She is currently a doctoral research assistant to Dr. Wesley G. Jennings in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University and is presently working on her dissertation. Her research interests include quantitative methods, statistics, mapping and analysis, with specific focus on hotspot policing, environmental risk/protective factors of crime, guardianship in action, situational crime prevention, and advancing the study of harmspot analysis. Ms. Fenimore currently has a paper published in Journal of Child and Family Studies, and a paper under review at the Journal of Criminal Justice and the Journal of Criminal Psychology. She is also collaborator and co-Principal Investigator on the Texas Guardianship in Action studies with Dr. Meghan Hollis.

  • Photo of Allison Fernandez 07 Hines Academic Center
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    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.A. 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.

  • Photo of Christian FitzChristian Fritz earned a bachelor's degree from Weber State University in 2012 integrating history, political science and Asian studies. He then went on to obtain a master of science in sociology from Utah State University before moving on to become a doctoral student of criminal justice at Texas State University. His research interests include theory, predictive analysis, and canines in criminal justice. In his spare time, Christian is a both a search and rescue and conservation dog handler with Alamo Area Search and Rescue and K9s 4 Conservation.

  • Arindam Ghosh 06 Hines Academic Center
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    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.

  • Jeremiah07 Hines Academic Center
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    Jeremiah Hicks earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Political Science from Valdosta State University and a M.A. in Legal Studies with a Mediation Certificate from Texas State University. He is a criminal justice lecturer at South Texas College. He has experience working in law enforcement as a police officer and as an intern for both federal and state agencies. His research interests include policing, drug crime, border issues, offender rehabilitation, and criminal justice organizations. He has published articles in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal and Police Quarterly.

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    kl1181@txstate.edu

  • Jessica Marinez photo07 Hines Academic Center
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    jlm290@txstate.edu

    Jessica Marinez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 and a Master’s Degree from Texas State University in 2013, 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 on her dissertation with Dr. J. Pete Blair and intends to graduate by the end of 2018. Her areas of research include post-traumatic growth among survivors of school shootings as well as wrongful convictions, and poverty and crime. Some of her research has been presented at Criminal Justice Conferences in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Florida.

  • Kathy Martinez-Prather photo10 Hines Academic Center
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    km60@txstate.edu

    Kathy Martinez-Prather earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Kathy conducts research in the areas of school-based policing, school safety practices, exclusionary discipline practices in schools, and school-based safety policy. She has published in the Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the International Journal of Cyber Criminology. Kathy is currently working on her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Sellers. Her dissertation examines the use of exclusionary discipline in school, particularly the use of disciplinary alternative education programs, and its impact on subsequent involvement in the juvenile justice system.

  • No image available default photoMolly McDowell earned a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University in 2003, and a master's degree in Public Administration from Binghamton University in 2018. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the honor society for public administration. Currently a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University, her research interests are law enforcement response to intimate partner violence, prosecutorial decision-making about and adjudication of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes in rural areas, and mixed methods. She is a recipient of a Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowship.

  • Dustin Melbardis photo 208 Hines Academic Center
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    melbardis@txstate.edu

    Dustin Melbardis earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Tennessee in 2009 and an M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from East Tennessee State University in 2012. He is currently working on his dissertation addressing the effects of commuters on municipal 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 Mueller208 Hines Academic Center
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    km1495@txstate.edu

    Kyle Mueller earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. He has taught 7 sections of Juvenile Justice, an upper-level undergraduate Criminal Justice course. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at the Texas School Safety Center and at the ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) center. His research interests include indigent defense systems, jury selection, and probation. His dissertation examines the effect of race, gender, and mental illness on probationer recidivism, and the relationships between probationers and their probation officers in three Texas counties. His work has been presented at the American Society of Criminology conferences.

  • Keeyoon Noh, doctoral student07 Hines Academic Center
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    k_n66@txstate.edu

    Keeyoon Noh earned a bachelor's degree in Police Science from the University of Ulsan, South Korea in 2012, and a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the Rutgers University-Newark in 2014. He is currently teaching Statistics for Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice at Texas State University. His research interests include policing, environmental criminology, geographic information system (GIS), and quantitative methods.

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    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.

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    djr109@txstate.edu

    Daniel Reinhard earned a B.A. in Justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a M.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Daniel's research interests include place-based criminology, crime prevention, and homeless persons. More specifically, Daniel is interested in problem-solving efforts facilitated by crime mapping and environmental crime theories. Recently, Daniel has been working in Alaska during the summer months on national and indigenous policing issues, as well as crime at place research.

  • Tiffany Rogers
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    Tiffany Gentry Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washburn University, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. She is currently a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. Her research interests include violence studies, specifically violent crimes against animals. Some of her recent work has been presented at the American Society of Criminology conferences.

  • Stephan Rothstein photo 208 Hines Academic Center
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    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

  • Billy SandelHill House
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    wls43@txstate.edu

    William “Bill” Sandel earned a B.S. in Marine Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, and 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. Bill is currently the Research Specialist at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center where he works with Dr. Hunter Martaindale, the Director of Research. As the Research Specialist at ALERRT, Bill conducts experimental research with law enforcement officers from around the world and helps maintain the active shooter database with the FBI. Additionally, Bill has taught Statistics for Criminal Justice for the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. He has several publications and has presented at many conferences including ASC, ACJS, ALERRT, and SPCP. Bill has received a number of awards, scholarships, and recognitions, including the Doctoral Merit Fellowship, the Doctoral Research Assistant of the Year, the Rising Scholar Scholarship, and the Dean’s List. His research interests include police and citizen perceptions of use-of-force, police tactics, active shooter events, conservation criminology, environmental criminology, and hostage negotiations.

  • Callie ShawHill House
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    cdc173@txstate.edu

    is currently an instructor and a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. She earned a B.S. in Criminology, and an M.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, from Texas A & M University- Kingsville. She also earned 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. Her research interests include green criminology, female criminal behavior, and white-collar crimes. She recently published an Encyclopedia of Crime Entry for Environmental Crimes and Female Sex Offenders. Currently, she is working on developing sex offense profiles for female sex offenders and exploring boomtown crime in communities throughout Texas.

    Cirriculum Vitae

  • Barbara 208 Hines Academic Center
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    bs1434@txstate.edu

    Barbara Smith earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St Mary's University in 2008 , and a master's degree in criminal justice from Texas State University in 2011. She is currently a doctoral student in the school of criminal justice at Texas State University. Her research interests are environmental criminology, decision-making, and immigration and crime. Some of her recent work has been presented at the American Society of Criminology.

  • Photo of John WeigelJohn H. Weigel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He then earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999. After 15 years as a practicing criminal defense attorney, he transitioned to academia in 2014, earning Master’s degrees in History in 2015 and Criminology in 2017. His areas of research interest are historical criminology, corrections, and policing. He presented at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in the fall of 2017 and will be presenting at the American Society of Criminology conference in the fall of 2018.

  • Photo of Kimberly WongKimberly Wong earned a B.S. in Justice Studies with a minor in Psychology from San Jose State University, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University - Long Beach. She is currently working as a crime scene investigator and instructor for a local police department. She also has experience as a teaching assistant at SJSU. Her research interests include the influence of forensic science on criminal investigations, law regarding crime scene processing, and developmental and life-course criminology.