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 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked our on-line M.S. Criminal Justice degree program #3 nationally.

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, Fall 2016

  • Two new tenure-track assistant professors joined our Department this semester:
    • Dr. Eryn O'Neal 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 from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Daniel is engaged in cutting edge research related to administrative segregation and institutional and community corrections.
  • Dr. Melinda Tasca learned this semester that she was awarded a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship by the National Institute of Justice. Her study will examine the influence of race, ethnicity, and gender in restrictive housing decisions, a consequential form of punishment during incarceration.
  • Dr. Cortney Franklin is leading an effort, in collaboration with the Houston Police Department, to evaluate system-wide training designed to improve police responses to family violence and sexual assault.
  • Dr. Danielle Boisvert, in collaboration with faculty and students, is collecting various biological measures and genetic samples to study how biology and the environment interact to predict antisocial behaviors.
  • Dr. Yan Zhang presented research findings at the 2016 International Association of Crime Analysts conference.
  • Dr. Michael Vaughn was awarded the 2016 ACJS Academy Fellow Award.
  • Dr. Mitchell Roth published his 16th book, Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo.
  • NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez (and SHSU alum) will visit the College of Criminal Justice in late October to meet with students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Meghan Mitchell, a 4th year Ph.D. student, was awarded a Bureau of Justice Statistics Graduate Research Fellowship to support her dissertation research which evaluates the implications of the convict code on prisoner misconduct, victimization, and attitudes related to reentry.
  • Alicia Jurek, a 2nd year Ph.D. student, won the 2016 outstanding graduate student paper competition at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association conference.
  • Nicole Niebuhr, a 2nd year Ph.D. student, won the 2016 ACJS Corrections Section's Dr. Kelly Cheeseman Student Paper Award.
  • Rachael Falgout, a senior Criminal Justice and Criminology major, won the outstanding undergraduate paper competition at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association conference.
  • Last year, the Department received over $1.8 million dollars of grant funding.
  • Many of our Ph.D. graduates are landing great jobs. Since 2010, six graduates of our Ph.D. program accepted jobs in Criminal Justice and/or Criminology departments that also offer a Ph.D.

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