Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Leadership Team

Dr. William Wells
      Department Chair

Dr. Danielle Boisvert
      Graduate Program Director

Dr. Lisa Muftic
      Undergraduate Program Director

Ms. Melissa Hicks
      Department Staff Manager

Welcome to one of the highest ranked Criminal Justice and Criminology programs in the nation! Our Department is a national leader in criminal justice and criminology research and education.

In March 2016 our faculty were recognized as the most productive researchers in the United States. We publish our research in the leading criminal justice and criminology journals that influence practice and science. We also collaborate closely with criminal justice system agencies and community organizations on projects that improve the administration of justice and improve the quality of life in communities.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including B.S. and B.A. in Criminal Justice, B.S. and B.A. in Victim Studies, M.S. in Criminal Justice, M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management, M.S. in Victim Services Management, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. In early 2017 U.S. News and World Report ranked our on-line degree programs #1 in the United States.

Come study and collaborate with one of the leading groups of scholars in the United States. Our faculty have teaching and research expertise in victimology, criminology, policing, corrections, and legal issues.

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Department News, Spring 2017

  • Two tenure-track assistant professors joined our Department this academic year:
    • Dr. Eryn O'Neal earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Eryn's research interests include intimate partner sexual assault, arrest and charging decisions in sexual assault and intimate partner cases, and post-structural approaches in feminist theory.
    • Mr. Daniel Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Daniel is engaged in cutting edge research related to administrative segregation and institutional and community corrections.
  • Drs. Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick received 2017 ACJS and Sage Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Awards.
  • In February, Dr. Ling Ren started collaborating with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on a project to better understand prescription drug-related problems in Montgomery County.
  • This summer, Dr. Melinda Tasca, Dr. Daniel Butler, and a team of graduate students will begin research on correctional officer stress in TDCJ. This is part of a multi-state study led by Arizona State University and funded by the National Institute of Justice.
  • Dr. Lisa Muftić currently serves as the Survivors Acquiring Freedom & Empowerment (SAFE) Court Research Partner, a BJA funded smart prosecution diversion program for young adults arrested for misdemeanor prostitution (sellers) in Harris County.
  • Dr. Willard Oliver's most recent book, August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing, was published early this year by Carolina Academic Press.
  • Dr. Danielle Boisvert, in collaboration with faculty and students from across campus, is analyzing biological data from over 600 undergraduate students to study how biology and the environment interact to predict antisocial behaviors.
  • Dr. Ryan Randa continues his service as co-editor of the Journal of School Violence, which is published by Taylor & Francis.
  • In 2016, faculty in our Department published research findings in high-impact journals, including Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. Edward Maguire from Arizona State University will visit the Department in April to deliver a Beto Chair Lecture.
  • In February, Dr. Keramet Reiter from the University of California - Irvine delivered a guest lecture to faculty and students about her work on restrictive housing in Pelican Bay Prison in California.

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