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.
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.
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.
I am a first-year student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation from SIU Carbondale in 2020 with a specialization in Avionics. My interests include, but are not limited to: homicide, the war on drugs, forensic analysis, corrections, interrogation, field operations, and regional and cultural influences within crime. I am currently in the Army Reserves acting as a correctional officer. I hope one day to work with the CIA, FBI, DEA, or further my military career. Hooah and God bless!
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.
Jacob Halvorson graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies and a B.A. in Sociology. He is a first-year master’s student at Southern Illinois University. His research interests include spatial analysis of crime, evidence-based policing, and crime analytics.
Mckensey Hudson is a first-year master’s student. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from SIUC in 2018. She plans to pursue a career in government law enforcement after completing her master’s. Her interests include crime prevention, criminological theory, criminal profiling, police reform, and social inequality.
Rasheed Ibrahim is a first-year master's student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Security Studies from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. His interests include violent crime, crime and violence prevention, fear of crime, community-based crime prevention, crime mapping, crime control, policing, terrorism, criminal victimization, and criminal justice policy.
Stephanie Jerstad is a doctoral candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Broadly speaking, her research interests focus on corrections, criminological theory, criminal justice system, criminal justice policy, research methods, survey methodology, mixed-methods research, comparative criminology, international prison governance and housing (pre-trial detention, long-term care facilities and homelessness). However, Stephanie’s research concentrates primarily on macro- and micro-level policies with an emphasis on sexual offending. Focusing on macro- and micro-level policies has allowed her to examine lines of inquiry not yet attempted through scholarly research. Stephanie has assisted in collecting survey data from residents living in high-crime areas as part of a community-based crime reduction program in two cities in a Midwest state. Also, using evidence from the Philippines, she has analyzed qualitative interviews to examine factors related to re-entry success and failures. Stephanie’s dissertation research is focused on the willingness of long-term care facilities to accept persons convicted of sexual offending into their care.
Stephanie received her M.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on the analysis of criminal behavior from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Southern Illinois University, she worked with veterans who were homeless or in imminent risk of losing their permanent nighttime shelter.
Brett Lacey is a Ph.D. candidate who entered the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in fall 2017. He earned both his B.S and M.S. from Illinois State University. His research interests include pretextual investigatory stops, law and society, alcohol, drugs and crime, peer delinquency, criminological theory, and corrections.
Lucia Manriquez is a first-year master’s student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Lucia graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from SIUC in 2020. Her research interests in the criminal justice field include violent crime, law and social control, criminological theory and victimization.
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.
Jordanne Miller is a first-year student in the master’s program. She graduated from Lincoln University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in Fall, 2018. Her interests include juveniles, policing, and mistreatment of people of color within the criminal justice system.
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.
Hiroyuki Okado is a master’s student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a B.A. in Law from Waseda University, Japan. He belongs to the Correctional Bureau, Ministry of Justice Japan, and has about seven years work experience. His interests include corrections and prison management.
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.
Rachel Rearden is a first-year master’s student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She graduated in May, 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from University of Louisville. Her research interests include: corrections, reentry, race and gender.
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.
Everyone meet Brandon! He is a first-generation college student from Robbins, Illinois. Brandon is a first-year doctoral student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University in 2018. He also recently earned his Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Western Illinois University in May of 2020. Brandon is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Phi Sigma Honors Society. His research interests include community corrections, recidivism prevention, and prisoner reform.
I am currently a first-year graduate student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I received my B.S. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and minor in forensic science at Western Illinois University in 2020. My areas of interest are crime, crime scene investigating, violent crime, and criminological theory.
My name is William Austin Stewart. I am a first-year master's student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. My interests are juvenile delinquency, policing, international criminal justice and criminal justice within our own military.
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.
Luanne is a veteran practitioner pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She worked for the Carbondale Police Department in a variety of roles and was the first woman to be promoted to sergeant. She left the police department to become the Director of Safety and Security at Carbondale High School where she designed and implemented all security protocols and networked with area criminal justice entities. In that capacity, she was a state certified Security Contractor. Her most recent career is teaching Criminal Justice classes at John A. Logan College, where she also assisted with accreditation and faculty mentoring. She is a certified Master On-Line Teacher through the University of Illinois. Along the way, she worked as a security guard for a bank and a department store, coached baseball, and refereed and coached soccer. She has volunteered in several capacities, including area director for The Dream Factory (granted dreams for seriously and terminally ill children), president of the area Big Brothers Big Sisters advisory board, and member of the Carbondale Fire and Police Commission, Carbondale Soccer Inc., and Carbondale Park District Advisory Board. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, proudly claims her “Cheesehead” status, and roots loudly for the Packers. Areas of interest are juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency, police reform, and school safety.
Maliyah Wooten is a second-year graduate student. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from Southern Illinois University with honors. She will be attending law school in the fall of 2021 with a focus on juvenile defense and criminal law. Her field of interests include gangs, juvenile delinquency, and law and policy.
Negin Zamani is a first-year doctoral student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. She graduated from University of Tehran with a master’s degree in Landscape Architectural Engineering. Her research interests include relationship between Crime and Places, Environmental Criminology, Crime Mapping, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).