Faculty Research

Overview

The Department of Criminal Justice conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in the discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, the department provides exemplary service to the university and broader professional and academic community.

Research Interests

Kenneth Adams, Ph.D.

Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Police Use of Force
  • Adjudication
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mentally Ill Inmates
  • Corrections
Thomas Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Perceptions of Correctional Populations
  • Public Opinion of Criminal Justice Policy
  • Life-Course Criminology
Kristina Childs Fisher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Problem Behavior Syndrome
  • Public Health Issues in Juvenile Corrections
  • Disproportional Minority Contact in Juvenile justice System
  • Juvenile Justice
Jacinta Gau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Police-Community Relations
  • Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy
  • Race and Policing
Stephen Holmes, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Statistics
  • Policy
  • Sex Offenders
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Suicide and Violent Crime
  • Police Use of Force
Karol Lucken, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Correctional Practices Including Supervision and Treatment of Offenders
  • Community Corrections
  • Jails and Prisons
Matthew Matusiak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Program Evaluation
  • Police Organizations
  • Police Executives
  • Organizational Planning
  • Violent Crime
William Moreto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Environmental Criminology
  • Policing
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crime Prevention
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Crime Science
  • Wildlife Crime
  • Qualitative Methods
Gene Paoline, Ph.D.

Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Police Culture
  • Police Use of Force
  • Criminal Justice Theory
  • Attitudes of Criminal Justice Practitioners
  • Systematic Social Observation (SSO) Methods
Jennifer Peck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Court Processing
  • Treatment of Disadvantaged Groups in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Causes and Correlates of Delinquent Behavior
Roberto Potter, Ph.D.

Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Justice System Decision Making
  • Substances/Mental Health/Harm Reduction
  • Justice System Evaluation
  • Discipline Impacts on Justice Systems Research and Education
  • Correctional Health
  • Social Realities and Justice Systems
Lee Ross, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Crime Theory
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Religion and Crime
  • Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Intimate Partner Homicide
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Victimology
  • Domestic Violence
Raymond Surette, Ph.D.

Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Media
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Copycat Crimes
  • Evaluation
  • CCTV and Public Surveillance
  • Survey Research
  • Crime Prevention
Jill Viglione, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Corrections
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation
  • Organizational Change
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Survey Research
  • Qualitative Methods
Cory Watkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

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  • Environmental Criminology
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Crime Mapping
  • Crime Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Policing and Technology
  • Criminological Theory
Ross Wolf, Ed.D., M.P.A.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic and Community Initiatives

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  • Police Training
  • Volunteer Policing
  • International Comparative Policing
  • Police Administration and Management
  • Reserve and Auxiliary Policing
  • Police and Society
  • Police Use of Force