Ravon Alford joined doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Fall of 2019. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Crime and Justice from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the Spring of 2014. She continued on to Michigan State University where she earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis in the Spring of 2016. After graduation, she spent the remaining years gaining applied professional experience working first as a Crime Analyst for the Memphis Police Department, then as an Intelligence Analyst for St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency, violence prevention, and recidivism prevention.
Rachel graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2018. She graduated with her master’s in 2019. Rachel is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society. Her research interests lie in victimization, criminological theory, and gendered crime.
Accelerated Master's Student
Emily 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 she begins her master's studies. Emily's interests in the field of criminal justice include the rehabilitation of and the thought process of wayward youth. She plans on working in the juvenile system.
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.
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.
Phillip M. Galli
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.
Mayumi Hando is a master's student in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She majored in teaching Japanese as a foreign language, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Arts from Tokyo Gakugei University. She belongs to the Correctional Bureau, Ministry of Justice Japan, and has about 9 years work experience at various institutions including Juvenile Training Schools, Tokyo Regional Correction Headquarters, and the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI). Her interests include juvenile justice and treatment of women offenders.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Pashea, Jr.
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.
Matthew Riordan is a first-year doctoral student. He received his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2019 and graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as Psychology from SIUC in 2017. Matthew’s research interests include desistance from crime, including the study of multidimensional behaviors which contribute to a decline in criminality, as well as measurement methodology, specifically focusing on alternative mechanisms to determine the reliability of measurement scales.
Lauretta Sam joined the PhD program at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the fall of 2018 and is currently in her second year. She received her MSc in Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University, and BA in Sociology at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Areas of interests are communities and crime, corrections, prison population, pretrial detention, victimology, social disorganization and crime, miscarriages of justice, as well as restorative justice.
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.
Syazana Tajudeen is a first-year student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Southern Illinois University. Her research interest includes correction and mental health of both offenders and police officers. She is multilingual and has traveled to a lot of countries such as South Korea, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia.
Elle Gray Teshima
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.
Stacy Wittrock is a doctoral student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Southern Illinois University. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa. Stacy has taught as an adjunct professor at Mount Mercy University and Iowa Wesleyan University. She has experience with quantitative research at the University of Iowa and has experience with qualitative research at Veterans Rural Health Resource Center – Central Region as part of the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Rural Health. Stacy’s research interests include macro- and micro- crime causation, criminological theory, juvenile delinquency, gender and crime, social inequality and crime, intersections of race, class, gender and crime, hate crime, violent crime, punishment, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Maliyah Wooten is a senior in the accelerated master’s program. This year she will graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and begin working towards her master’s degree. She is a seven-time Dean's List recipient with interest in pursuing a career in government law enforcement. Her research interests include homicide victimization and juvenile delinquency.