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David Ayeni

Master's Student

David Ayeni

David Ayeni is a First-year master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Covenant University. His interests focus on policing, criminological trends and victimization.


Rachel Berner

Master's Student

Rachel Berner

Rachel is a master’s student. Her interests lie in policing, fear of crime, and gendered crime.


Emily Burgett

Accelerated Master's Student

I was just accepted into the accelerated master's program. I am working on completing my Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at SIU while I begin my master's studies. My interests in the field of criminal justice include the rehabilitation of and the thought process of wayward youth. I plan on working in the juvenile system.


Jake Burns

Master's Student

Jake Burns is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Jake graduated Suma Cum Laude with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIUC in 2018. His interests include police practices, crime prevention, crime mapping, terrorism, and criminal justice policy.


Gunnar Butler

Master's Student

Gunnar Butler

CV(pdf)

Gunnar Butler is a master’s student who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIU Carbondale. His main interests in the field include studying the differences between proactive and reactive offenders and studying the effectiveness of offender programs in regards to mitigating recidivism rates. 


Myunghyun Choi

Doctoral Student

Myunghyun Choi

Myunghyun Choi started his Ph.D. program at SIUC in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department in 2016. He had earned a M.A. in Criminology and a B.S. in Police Administration from Kyonggi University, Republic of Korea. His research interests include fear of crime, criminal victimization and life course/developmental theory.


Emily Cripps

Master's Student

Emily Cripps

Emily Cripps is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2016. Her research interests include program evaluation and quality of treatment within correctional facilities, community corrections, collateral consequences and offender reintegration. 


Kevin Dobbins

Master's Student

Kevin Dobbins

Kevin Dobbins is in the master's program. He graduated from Truman State University with a B.S. in justice systems with a minor in political science. His research interests include the juvenile justice system and juvenile delinquency.


Teri Ford

Doctoral Student

Teri Ford

CV(pdf)

Teri Ford is a doctoral student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at SIUC.  She received a B.S. in Justice Systems from Truman State University and a M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.  Her research interests include gun violence, homeland security, social media deviance and crime, police behavior, and re-entry.


Jordan Galehan

Doctoral Student

Jordan Galehan

CV(docx)

Jordan Galehan is a Doctoral Candidate in the PhD program. She joined the department in the fall of 2015 after receiving her BA from Oglethorpe University and her MA from Georgia State University. Her research areas include gender, violence, substance use, chronic offenders, inmate programs, rehabilitation and re-entry.


Phillip M. Galli

Doctoral Student

Phillip M. Galli

CV(docx)

Phillip M. Galli is a doctoral student at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His research interests include community corrections, victims of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.


Melissa Haynes

Doctoral Student

Melissa Haynes

Melissa Haynes’ work focuses on policing, institutional corrections, and pretrial justice.  She joined the Urbana Police Department in 2016 as a crime analyst, and is a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst.  Previously, at the Crime and Justice Institute, Melissa was involved with numerous projects involving research, evaluation, technical assistance, and reform in criminal justice systems.  Her research on policing is publicized in peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented at national and regional conferences.  Melissa is dedicated to applying research-based strategies to positively impact criminal justice organizations and justice-involved individuals.  She has an M.A. and B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University.


Megan Heflin

Master's Student

Megan Heflin is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University Carbondale as well. Her interests in the criminal justice field include consequences of imprisonment, recidivism rates, corrections and rehabilitation, and prisoner reentry.


Stephanie Jerstad

Doctoral Student

Stephanie Jerstad

Stephanie Jerstad is a first-year doctoral student. She earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Harrison College and a M.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Analysis of Criminal Behavior from the University of Cincinnati. Stephanie is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society and a member of the American Correction Association. Professionally, she has experience in the court system and as a case manager assisting homeless veterans entering permanent housing. Her research interests include analysis and evaluation of sex offender policy, community corrections, re-entry, collateral consequences of conviction and qualitative data.


Ikuo Kosaka

Master's Student

Ikuo Kosaka

Ikuo Kosaka is a M.A. student in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He belongs to the Correctional Bureau, Ministry of Justice Japan, and has experiences as an instructor of Juvenile Correctional Institutions for 13 years and worked for the prison service division for 3 years. His research interests are focused on the interrelation between the nature of juvenile and the treatment for juvenile inmates.


Savannah Krieg

Master's Student

Savannah Krieg

Savannah Krieg is a second year master's student who received her Bachelor's in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIU in 2016. Krieg is also a graduate assistant in the Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism on campus.  You can find more information about her work at cslv.siu.edu.  Krieg's area of interest is in disparities within sentencing policy, although her pending Capstone Project for graduation focuses on student disciplinary sanctions on campus.


Michael Kyle

Doctoral Student

Michael Kyle

CV (pdf)

Michael Kyle entered the PhD program in the fall of 2014. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology from Missouri State University and served as a law enforcement officer in both Missouri and Kansas prior to beginning his doctoral studies. His research interests include: police organizations & operations; police behavior; police ethics; criminal justice leadership, management & administration; and juvenile delinquency & juvenile justice. Michael’s dissertation research examines the impact of body-worn cameras on police officer behavior.


Brett Lacey

Doctoral Student

Brett Lacey

Brett Lacey entered the PhD program in the fall of 2017. He earned both his bachelor's and master's from Illinois State University. His research interests include pretextual investigatory stops, management and administration, law and society, violent crime, juvenile delinquency, corrections, rehabilitation, and environmental criminology.


Sou Lee

Doctoral Student

Sou Lee

CV(docx)

Sou Lee received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2013 and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2016. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, street gangs with a particular focus on Asian gangs, and qualitative research. 


Jacob Marnin

Accelerated Master's Student

Jacob Marnin is an accelerated master’s student. He is working on finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at SIUC while he starts his master’s studies. His interests in the field of criminal justice include policing, law and social control, and broken windows theory.


Conrad McLaughlin

Master's Student

Conrad McLaughlin

Conrad McLaughlin entered the master’s program at SIUC in the Fall of 2017. After serving four years in the Marines, he attended SIUC and graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Psychology. His research interests include policing, crime control, and factors contributing to police use of force.


Drake Miller

Master's Student

Drake Miller

Drake Miller is a master's student in the CCJ program at SIUC. He received a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Psychology at SIUC. His interests include motives for crime, recidivism, and psychopathy.


Karissa Murphy

Master's Student

Karissa Murphy

Karissa Murphy is a master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She earned her Bachelor's degee in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland, College Park in December of 2017. Her interests include juvenile justice, reentry, invisible punishments, and victimization.


Nicholas Murphy

Master's Student

Nicholas Murphy

Nick Murphy is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIUC in Fall 2016. His interests include community corrections and recidivism in the prison population.


Seyvan Nouri

Doctoral Student

Seyvan Nouri

Seyvan Nouri joined the PhD program in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University in the Fall of 2017.  He earned a M.A. in Urban Planning from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.  His research interests include the relationship between crime hot spots and environmental characterizations of place with the particular consideration on the uses of crime mapping and advanced quantitative research methods.  He is also interested in issues related to crime prevention through social control and community development.  His prior research has examined growth in developing countries and the formation of informal settlements and the subsequent development of crime opportunities.  Areas of interest include environmental criminology, crime hot spots, community-oriented policing, crime mapping, and community-based crime prevention.


Bradley O'Guinn

Master's Student

Bradley O'Guinn

Bradley O’Guinn is a master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Political Science in the spring of 2018 from SIU Carbondale.  His interest in the field of criminal justice includes crime analysis, crime mapping, deterrence theory, and corrections.


Ololade Okanlawon

Master's Student

Ololade Okanlawon is a first-year master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University. His interests include policing, criminal justice leadership, management & administration, community policing, and other crime prevention strategies.


Allison Osborn

Master's Student

Allison Osborn

Allison Osborn started the SIUC Criminology and Criminal Justice Master's program in the Fall of 2016. In the Spring of 2016, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from SIUC with a bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Forensic Science. Her research interests include victimization trends and criminological theories of crime.


Joseph Pashea, Jr.

Doctoral Student

Joseph Pashea, Jr.

CV (pdf)

Joseph Pashea, Jr. is a doctoral candidate. He received his A.A.S. in Welding Technology from Southwestern Illinois College in 2005. He received his B.S. with honors in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2007. Joe received his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. Joe is a United States Army Veteran, serving in 1st Ranger Battalion. He was deployed four times to fight in the War on Terror. Joe’s research interests include terrorism and counter-terrorism, veteran’s issues and scrap metal theft. His dissertation research will look at the effectiveness and long term psychological effects of law enforcement officers with combat experience in the Ferguson riots.

Joseph is currently employed with the Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Law at Kentucky Wesleyan College as Visiting Assistant Professor.


Molly Pyatt

M.A. Student

Molly Pyatt

Molly Pyatt is a master’s student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Molly graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology from SIUC in 2013. Her research interests include police operations, specifically police legitimacy and procedural justice.


Jennifer Rich

Master's Student

Jennifer Rich is a first-year Criminology & Criminal Justice master’s student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her BA at SIUC as well. Her research interests include youth violence, gang-related violence, terrorism, gender based crimes, and socioeconomic crimes.


Matthew Riordan

Master's Student

Matthew Riordan

Matthew Riordan is a first-year master’s student at Southern Illinois University. He graduated with honors from SIU with a double major in Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice. His research interests include behavior analysis and how it pertains to criminal corrections


Lauretta Sam

Doctoral Student

My name is Lauretta Sam. I just started my Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at SIU. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the university of Cape Coast, Ghana. After completing my Bachelor’s, I worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology for a year. During my undergraduate studies I studied abroad at Grand Valley State University, where I later came back to pursue my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. During this time period I interned at a District Court. After my Master’s program, I worked with an NGO which handles victims of sexual trafficking. My research interests include communities and crime, human trafficking, women imprisonment, prison overcrowding, social disorganization and crime, victimology, drugs and public policy as well as restorative justice. In my spare time, I love to travel. So far, I have been to two countries, and in the United States I have been to 15 states.


Songyon Shin

Doctoral Student

Songyon Shin

CV(pdf)

Songyon Shin is a ph.D student SIUC CCJ program. She received her MA degree in Criminology at Kyonggi University and BA degree in Chemistry at Inha University. Her research interests are focused on developmental theory and scientific techniques for testing criminological theory.


Tyrell Spencer

Master's Student

Tyrell Spencer

Tyrell Spencer is a master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in sociology. Tyrell is interested in understanding the ways in which the components of the criminal justice system interlock to produce and sustain inequality among minority populations. His research interests include critical criminology, policing practices and police legitimacy, consequences of imprisonment, and criminal justice policy.


Alaina Steele

Doctoral Student

Alaina Steele

CV (pdf)

Alaina Bearsby Steele began the SIUC Criminology and Criminal Justice Ph.D. program in 2014 after completing a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Murray State University. Her research interests include biosocial correlates of crime, life-course/developmental criminology and desistance, philosophies of punishment, and corrections and rehabilitation.


Elle Gray Teshima

Doctoral Student

Elle Gray Teshima

CV(docx)

Elle Gray Teshima is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, corrections and prisoner re-entry, desistance, and the collateral consequences of felony convictions.


David White

Doctoral Student

David White

CV(docx)

David White is a doctoral candidate. He entered the PhD program in 2014. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Ferris State University. He retired as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Paducah Police Department (KY) in June of 2018, after serving the Department for 19 years. His research interests primarily include police legitimacy, police organization and operations, and police leadership and behavior. His dissertation research examines police officers’ perceptions of organizational fit, and the role of value congruence in determining officers’ self-confidence in their own authority.


Christopher Wittemann

Master's Student

Christopher Wittemann

Christopher Wittemann is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Christopher graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIUC in 2016. His interests include police practices, criminological trends, social control, and corrections.


Ayuchi Yamaoka

Master's Student

Ayuchi Yamaoka is a first-year master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Law from Kyoto University and a Ph.D in Psychology from Ochanomizu University. Her interests focus on correctional practices, the juvenile justice system and re-entry.