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M.S. Graduate Assistants

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  • A photo of Ashley

    I am a lifelong learner with previous careers as an educator, women's rights activist, paralegal, and cake decorator. I previously attended the University of Florida, where I obtained my bachelor's and master's degree in Math and Science Education. If I'm not reading graphic novels or watching true crime documentaries, I'm buying concert tickets or making elaborate travel plans to experience entirely new adventures. 

    While working at a civil rights organization, I discovered the appalling conditions of Texas prisons and dedicated my life to studying and seeking effective ways to improve them. My work with the law, strong interest in justice, and fierce passion for demanding humane treatment of all persons on US soil inspired me to attend Texas State University to obtain my master’s degree in Criminal Justice. My previous experience includes speaking before the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, meeting with state and national representatives, and speaking at the Libertarian National Convention in 2018. 

    Research interests include factors leading to wrongful convictions, prison conditions, and the impacts of long-term solitary confinement on inmates.


  • A photo of Ty Cervantes in a classroom.

    I'm Ty Cervantes, a MSCJ student in the Research Concentration program. My research interest is criminal psychology, with emphasis in quantitative data analysis. I plan to pursue a PhD. My undergrad degrees are in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I received both from Texas State University. I'm highly involved in sports clubs here at Texas State. I hold an officer's position in Triathlon, Water Ski, and Running Club. I also plan to race road and mountain bikes for the Cycling team and I have a history of seeking and golden snitching for the Texas State Quidditch team.

  • A photo of Ella

    I was raised in Plano, Texas and graduated from Auburn University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance. In the future, I hope to go into law enforcement with an emphasis in criminal investigation or crime analysis. My research interests include policing, offender profiling, violent crime, and deterrence strategies. In my free time, you can find me watching true crime documentaries, relaxing in a body of water, or spending time with my dog.

  • A photo of Suzanne DeRouen outside in front of

    I’m from Plano, TX, a town near Dallas. I applied to Texas State University as an Interdisciplinary Studies major then in my first semester I changed to a Biology major, after a year there I finally switched to Criminal Justice and it was a perfect fit. I'm currently not sure what the future plans are for me, but the criminal justice field is where I'm supposed to be.

  •  A photo of Rasnisha Dokes sitting on a low wall outside.

    Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I decided to attend TXST for its Criminal Justice program after finishing high school. Halfway through my bachelor’s degree, I realized I also wanted attain my master’s degree, so here I am. Along with being a graduate assistant, I am also the president of an organization on campus named FACES (Foster Care Alumni creating Educational Success). As a first-year master student, I’m still learning the ropes and looking for what peaks my interest, but still trying to settle on one specific career goal. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today, and I’d like to thank all of those who have helped me in this journey. Excited to see what the future has in store for me!

  • Karina Grajeda pictureMy name is Karina Grajeda, and I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. I am a first-year master’s student here in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. I am proud of being a first-generation student that has never let the odds impede me from pursuing my academic goals. As a first-year master’s student, I am still intaking so much knowledge and have not quite narrowed down my true calling. One thing I have learned while being in this program is the possibilities are endless.

  • A photo of Alexis Hawley outside in front of some trees.

    I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice in Spring 2018 from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, I serve as a College of Applied Arts Representative in the Graduate House of Representatives. Upon completion of my MSCJ, I plan to enter a PhD program and eventually work for a trial consulting firm or a federal agency. My research interests range from offenders’ neutralization techniques to eyewitness identification and juror decision-making.

  •  A photo of Jose Rogelio Hernandez outside in front of some bushes.

    I am a first-generation student born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and raised in Waco, TX. I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and now I am a graduate student at Texas State University. My fields of interest are race and ethnicity, social justice, criminal justice reform, and social inequalities. My future goal is to earn a PhD and teach the next generation of students about my fields of interests.