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Congratulations to Niquita Loftis* for successfully defending her dissertation! Niquita is currently a Supervising US Probation Officer in the District of Nevada.
UMSL CCJ was proud to partner with Community Psychological Services to present a multidisciplinary conference on gun violence. Over 200 local and national practitioners were in attendance and this article describes the importance of these meetings for student learning. UMSL is proud to be a leader in developing effective criminal justice policy. Read more...
On April 3, 2017, the Criminology & Criminal Justice Undergraduate Student Association (CCJUSA) elected members to the Executive Board to serve during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. The incoming officers are: Brian Rainey, President; Amanda Atkinson, Vice President; Lauren Becker, Secretary; Sean Burkett, Treasurer; Anna Norris, SGA Rep; Scarlett Montilla, Event Coordinator; Heather Scherffius, Event Coordinator; Kaylie Cunningham, Editor. Thanks to all of the outgoing officers for their stellar service to the organization during the 2016-2017 Academic Year, and congratulations to those who soon will be filling their shoes!
Congratulations to Maribeth Rezey* for successfully defending her dissertation! Maribeth will join the faculty of Loyola University in Chicago.
We want to extend our thanks and best wishes to our colleague, Professor Dan Isom, who has accepted the position of General Manager of the Regional Justice Information Services (REJIS). Professor Isom will assume his new duties immediately but he will continue to teach his courses this semester and plans to continue his affiliation with the department in the future. During his time with us, Dan has helped to develop the department's focus on policing and police-community relations. He has enlarged the circle of our community partners and provided opportunities for faculty and students alike to engage with community groups and agencies. We anticipate greater involvement with REJIS with Dan as their new General Manager.
Mike Deckard* won 3rd place in the Graduate School's "Three Minute Thesis" competition. Congratulations!
The Thomas Jefferson Professor Rick Rosenfeld is the leading expert in homicide trends. His work for the National Institute of Justice provides context to the rising homicide rates in several cities. Read more...
We want to congratulate the Founding Members of the Pi Beta Delta (UMSL) Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society. The first group of Officers are: Kaylin Winchester*, President; Alysa Kaiser, Vice President; Lauren Becker, Secretary; Amanda Loellke, Treasurer; Dennis Ellis, Student Government Representative.The additional Founding Members are:Gary Arturo II, Sherman Brawner, Janelle Miller, Aimee Noble, Jen O’Neill, Dipa Patel, Hannah Read, and Kennedy Reed. This organization, affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (http://www.acjs.org), recognizes outstanding academic achievement in Criminology & Criminal Justice studies in institutions of higher education across the country. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet a minimum GPA and class ranking set by the National Headquarters. See the Alpha Phi Sigma website (http://www.alphaphisigma.org) or contact Dr. Terrance J. Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in finding out more about our ongoing efforts at UMSL.
After 20 years of service, Dr. Bob Bursik has taken his well-deserved retirement. We wish him the best in his future adventures!
Congratulations to Jordan Pickering* for successfully defending her dissertation! Jordan will join the faculty at California State University, Fresno.
Work by Professors Stephanie Wiley and Finn Esbensen was highlighted on Frontline. This important work describes the unique needs of juveniles who come into contact with the police. Important, timely policy work. Read more...Spring 2016
Jordan Pickering* served as a Commencement Speaker for the College of Arts & Sciences spring graduation ceremony.
Best wishes to our dedicated and loyal colleague, Jessie Bridges. After 16 years of service to UMSL, the last 10 in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Jessie's position has been eliminated as the campus deals with a budget deficit. We are truly saddened to see her go and we wish her success in her new adventures.
Dr. Tim Maher is the UMSL designee for the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Tim also received the 2016 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for a Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Shytierra Gaston* for successfully defending her dissertation! Shytierra will join the faculty at Indiana University.
Congratulations to Jacki Cwick* for successfully defending her dissertation! Jacki will join the faculty at Grand Valley State University.
CCJ team receives a National Institute of Justice grant to study school safety. The team, led by Dr. Finn Esbensen, includes Drs. Elaine Doherty, Lee Slocum, TJ Taylor, Kyle Thomas, Matt Vogel, Stephanie Wiley, and doctoral student Tim McCuddy*. Read more...
The Department would like to thank Mason Keller for his 12 years of teaching as an adjunct faculty member. Over the years, students have benefited from Mason’s experience with the St. Louis County Police and more recently in the private security sector. Mason has decided to spend more time with his family and his primary job at this time. We wish him well.
After a international search, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Karlijn Kuijpers (PhD, Tilburg University) has joined us as Assistant Professor.
Dr. Beth Huebner was named a member of Mayor Francis Slay’s St. Louis Crime Commission.
Dr. Stephanie DiPietro received a New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime.
Jacki Cwick* received a Dissertation Scholarship Honorable Mention from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing.
Maribeth Rezey* received the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship for Victimology Studies from the American Society of Criminology's Division of Victimology. She also received the Charles G. Huber, Jr. Endowed Dissertation Fellowship in Criminology & Criminal Justice (UMSL, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice).
CheyOnna Sewell* (L) and Maribeth Rezey* were each awarded a Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Graduate Research Fellowship through the BJS 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics. CheyOnna’s project is titled “An Investigation of Violence against Women, Gender Inequality, and Racial Inequality.” Maribeth’s project is titled “Understanding the Decline in Child Victimization: A National- and State-Level Analysis of Child Abuse and Neglect Trends.” The awards were presented on November 13, 2015 by Dr. Howard Snyder, the Chief of Recidivism, Reentry and Special Projects for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.
Dr. Beth Huebner was promoted from Associate to full Professor. Congratulations!
Dr. Finn Esbensen was a Keynote Speaker at the “Youth Violence: Cutting to the Core” conference at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, July 2015. His presentation was entitled “Youth Gangs: What do we know and what can we do?”
Dr. Matt Vogel has been granted a courtesy affiliation with TU Delft in the Netherlands through 2020. He is working with an international, interdisciplinary group examining the causes and consequences of neighborhood change in European cities.
Congratulations to Mikh Gunderman* for successfully defending his dissertation! Mikh will join the faculty at Missouri Southern State University.
Congratulations to Tim Dickinson* for successfully defending his dissertation! Tim will join the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
A team of scholars from UMSL CCJ will be part of the St. Louis team for the MacArthur Crime and Justice Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to reduce jail populations and disproportionate minority confinement. Read more...
MA students Ann Kneib and Anthony Michalka have been awarded the 2015 Edward G. Longinette Scholarships. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Jacki Cwick* for winning first place in the Social Sciences category at the Graduate School Research Fair. Her poster was entitled "Expanding Coercive Mobility Theory: Women’s Social Capital and Neighborhood Social Control".
After a international search, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Kyle Thomas (PhD, University of Maryland) has joined us as Assistant Professor.
Congratulations to Mike Vecchio* for successfully defending his dissertation! Mike has joined the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.
Dr. Adam Boessen has been awarded second place for the 2014 Gene Carte Student Paper Competition. The paper is entitled “The Spatial Footprint and Daily Crime Patterns: Situating Guardianship in 23 Cities.”
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Campbell (and his co-author Heather Schoenfeld) for receiving the ASA Law Section Distinguished Article Award. Their article, “The Transformation of America’s Penal Order: A Historicized Political Sociology of Punishment" was published in the American Journal of Sociology in 2013.
After a international search, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Adam Boessen (PhD, University of California, Irvine) will join us as Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2014.
Having completed her doctorate this summer, Dr. Stephanie Wiley will join the department as an Assistant Research Professor. We're pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Wiley.
This summer, we bid farewell to two colleagues, Drs. Richard Wright and Dena Carson. After 30 years of service, Dr. Richard Wright has retired from UMSL. Rather than lazing about and eating cheese doodles, Dr. Wright has accepted a new challenge - Chair of Georgia State University's Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Dr. Dena Carson has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Carson completed her PhD with us in 2011 and continued on as an Assistant Research Professor. We wish them the best of luck!
Congratulations to Stephanie Wiley* and Ekaterina Gorislavsky* for successfully defending their dissertations!
Congratulations to the winners of our undergraduate scholarships: Cara Sampson (Jennings Do-Dads Juvenile Justice) and DeAnn Porter (Jennings Do-Dads Juvenile Justice and Doris Fishman Administration of Justice).
Dr. Finn Esbensen has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. The honorary title "Fellow" recognizes persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline. Dr. Esbensen is our fifth faculty member to be thus recognized. Read more...
Congratulations to Kim Kras* for successfully defending her dissertation! Kim has accepted a postdoctoral research position at George Mason University. Read more...
MA students Ann Kneib and Eva Roeder have been awarded the 2014 Edward G. Longinette Scholarships. Congratulations!
Dr. Michael Campbell's co-authored article, The Transformation of America’s Penal Order: A Historicized Politicized Sociology of Punishment, received an honorable mention for the Law and Society Association Article Award.
Dr. David Klinger has been promoted from Associate to full Professor. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Hyon Namgung* for successfully defending his dissertation. Hyon has joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Congratulations to Ethan Amidon* for successfully defending his dissertation. Ethan will join the faculty of Missouri State University.
Kim Kras* is the 2013 recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing Dissertation Scholarship Award.
Dr. Beth Huebner was honored by her alma mater, Michigan State. She was inducted into the School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame.
Mike Deckard* won the 2013 Midwestern Criminal Justice Association Graduate Student Paper Competition. Congratulations!
Dr. Rick Rosenfeld received the 2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service. Dr. Rosenfeld is the only UMSL faculty member to receive all three Chancellor’s Awards. He won the award for Research & Creativity in 2006 and for Teaching in 1994. This is also the fourth year in a row that our faculty have won a Chancellor’s Award. Read more...
Dr. Stephanie DiPietro earned the 2013 Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is given to a faculty member who is in the early stages of his or her career and demonstrates outstanding and innovative teaching abilities. Read more...
Dr. Janet Lauritsen has been awarded a University of Missouri Curators' Professorship. Curators' Professorships are prestigious positions, and only outstanding scholars with established reputations are considered for appointment.
After a nationwide search, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Elaine Eggleston Doherty (PhD, University of Maryland, College Park) will join us as Associate Professor beginning Fall 2013.
Congratulations to the winners of our undergraduate scholarships: Kyle Hampton and Gwen Smith (Jennings Do-Dads Juvenile Justice) and Joshua Bennett and Shakauna Jones (Doris Fishman Administration of Justice).
Dr. Janet Lauritsen has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. The honorary title "Fellow" recognizes persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline. Dr. Lauritsen is our fourth faculty member to be thus recognized. Read more...
Alumnus Charles "Chuck" Huber has given the department $100,000 in Ralcorp stock. The gift will be used to create the Charles G. Huber, Jr. Endowed Dissertation Fellowship in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Charles G. Huber, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Read more...
Drs. Rick Rosenfeld and Bob Bursik organized AE21: American Exceptionalism in the 21st Century, a conference examining the contemporary relevance and validity of the American exceptionalism thesis. Godfrey Hodgson, historian and acclaimed print and broadcast journalist, was the keynote speaker. Read more...
Dr. Tim Maher has been promoted from Associate to Full Teaching Professor. Drs. Kristin Carbone-Lopez, Lee Slocum, and T.J. Taylor have all received tenure and been promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Jennifer Owens* for successfully defending her dissertation. Jena will remain in the University of Missouri family, joining the faculty in Kansas City.
Congratulations to Kim Kras* and Stephanie Wiley* for winning awards at the Graduate School Research Fair. This is Kim's second year winning!
MA students Aaron Levin and Corinne Seckinger have been awarded the 2013 Edward G. Longinette Scholarships. Congratulations!
Dr. Daniel Isom (PhD, UMSL) has joined us as E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community. He was previously Chief of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police.
Kim Kras’s* paper "Social Support and Sex Offenders" was chosen for the 2012 American Society of Criminology Division on Corrections and Sentencing (DCS) Student Paper Award. Nice work, Kim!
Dr. Janet Lauritsen is the 2012 recipient of UMSL Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity. Congratulations! Our faculty have won Chancellor's Awards for the past three years. Read more...
After a nationwide search, we are delighted to announce that Drs. Michael Campbell (PhD, University of California-Irvine) and Matt Vogel (PhD, University at Albany) will join us as Assistant Professors beginning Fall 2012.
Congratulations to Breanne Pleggenkuhle* for successfully defending her dissertation. Breanne will join the faculty of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the fall.
The Missouri House of Representatives passed House Resolution No. 1544 to recognize Dr. Kristin Carbone-Lopez's research and education in the field of domestic violence.
Congratulations to Jennifer Owens* and Kim Kras* for placing in the UMSL Graduate School Research Fair on April 23rd. Jennifer won 2nd place and Kim was honored as a semi-finalist.
MA students Matthew Besch and Katie Stephens have been awarded the 2012 Edward G. Longinette Scholarships. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Shytierra Gaston* who was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. This is a top honor, and she is the first UMSL CCJ student to earn this fellowship. We are also excited to announce that CheyOnna Sewell* was given an honorable mention. Read more...
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences presented Dr. Finn Esbensen with the 2012 G.O.W. Mueller Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Criminal Justice.
Dr. Kristin Carbone-Lopez was selected as the recipient of this year’s American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime's New Scholar Award. Read more...
Andrea Nichols* won the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime Graduate Student Paper competition for her paper "Feminist Advocacy in Community Based Responses to Domestic Violence: An Examination of Feminist Identities, Ideologies and Practices."
Dr. Stephanie DiPietro and Bianca Bersani received the 2011 W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for their proposal An Examination of the "Marriage Effect" on Desistance from Crime among U.S. Immigrants.
Stephanie Wiley* was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship for 2011-2012 by the Graduate School.
After completing her doctorate in Summer 2011, Dr. Dena Carson joins the department as an Assistant Research Professor. We're pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Carson.
Dena Carson* was selected as co-third place in the American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Award competition for her paper, Examining the Effect of Peers on Changes in Delinquent Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study.
Nicole White* was featured in an UMSL News profile. Her dedication to her research and determination to complete her degree despite serious health issues is an inspiration to the entire department. Congratulations, Dr. White!
After 17 years of service to UMSL, Dr. G. David Curry is retiring. In his honor there will be a small reception in our department office on May 3 from 3 - 4:30pm. Please stop by to wish him well!
Andrea Nichols* received a number of awards, including: Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award (Midwest Sociological Society 2011), Public Policy Research Center Dissertation Fellowship (University of Missouri St. Louis 2011), Students Appreciating Teachers Award and Teacher of The Year (St. Louis Community College 2011). Congratulations, Andrea!
After a nationwide search, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Stephanie Di Pietro will be our new Assistant Professor (PhD, University of Maryland). Dr. Di Pietro joined us in Fall 2010 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
The Graduate School has awarded Dena Carson* a dissertation fellowship for the 2010-2011 school year.
Mike Vecchio* received Honorable Mention in the 2010 Midwest Criminal Justice Association Graduate Student Paper Competition.
CCJ faculty ranked among the top 15 doctoral programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice according to the 2010 scores by Academic Analytics. According to US NEWS, CCJ ranks 4th among doctoral programs in the Nation.
Congratulations to our new Ph.D graduates/candidates on the job market for their successful transition to faculty positions: Scott Jacques (University of Cincinnati), Michele Stacey (Virginia Union University) and Brendan Dooley (Saint Augustine's College). Good luck and keep in touch!
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Stephanie DiPietro as our new Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. DiPietro recently completed her Ph.D at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen is this year's recipient of UMSL Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity. Congratulations!
Kudos to Jennifer Owens* for being awarded a fellowship from the Bureau of Justice Statistics to attend the 2010 ICPSR summer course on "Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data".
Dr. Jody Miller's book "Getting Played" has received the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award by the Race, Class, Gender Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Brian Oliver* has received a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics/American Sociological Association to support his dissertation research on recidivism. Congratulations!
Drs. Chris Melde (Michigan State University, also an alumnus of CCJ), T.J. Taylor and Finn-Aage Esbensen have been selected to receive the William L. Simon Outstanding Paper Award from ACJS for their paper, "'I Got Your Back': An Examination of the Protective Function of Gang Membership in Adolescence" (Criminology, 2009). Learn more.
Andrea Nichols* has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Congratulations!
PhD student Jennifer Owens* received the Richard Block Award from the Homicide Research Working Group for her Master's thesis at the University of Nebraska. MA student Michael J. Deckard was awarded the UMSL CCJ Edward G. Longinette Scholarship.
Dr. Beth Huebner has been honored with the 2009 Distinguished New Scholar Award from ASC's Division on Corrections and Sentencing. Congratulations!
CCJ Professor and ASC President Dr. Rick Rosenfeld met with US Attorney General Eric Holder and past ASC president Dr. Todd Clear to discuss the activities of the ASC.
Dr. Jody Miller has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the ASC-Division of People of Color and Crime Coramae Rickey Mann Award for her "outstanding contribution of scholarship on race/ethnicity, crime, and justice." Way to go Jody!
Dr. Lee Ann Slocum is the 2009 recipient of the UMSL Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!
After nationwide searches, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Terrance J. Taylor to CCJ as our new Assistant Professor (PhD, University of Nebraska), and Dr. Kristy Matsuda as Assistant Research Professor (PhD, University of California Irvine).
Dr. Janet Lauritsen was appointed to the Committee on Law and Justice, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Andres Rengifo has been appointed Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Program in Criminal Justice Policy & Management).
Dr. Richard Rosenfeld was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Panel entitled "Developing Metrics for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Research".
Dr. Finn Esbensen received the 2009 President's Award of the Western Society of Criminology.
Dr. Jody Miller's Getting Played (NYU Press, 2008), is a finalist for the prestigious 2008 C. Wright Mills Book Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Congratulations!
Tiffany Polk* and Allen Shamow* have been selected for the 2009 ICPSR Summer Course on Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data on fellowships by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Our Department has once again ranked among the best in the country. U.S. News & World Report named UMSL's CCJ program the fourth best nationally. Rankings appeared in the magazine's 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools"
Dr. Richard Wright has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Congratulations! Drs. Bursik and Rosenfeld are also ASC Fellows.
Amanda Gendon* has been named one of the recipients of the 2009 Graduate Minority Fellowship by the American Society of Criminology.
The Graduate School has awarded Scott Jacques* a dissertation fellowship for the 2009-2010 school year.
Dr. Beth Huebner has been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure (effective Fall 2009). Congratulations!
Congratulations to our Ph.D Candidates on the job market for their successful transition to faculty positions: Mark T. Berg (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Jennifer Cobbina (Michigan State University) and Kimberly Martin and Bradley Brick (Old Dominion University). Keep in touch!
Jennifer Owens* won the Elton S. Carter Thesis Award for Excellence in a Master's Thesis at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Colonel Dan Isom II, one of our PhD graduates, has been named the new Chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Chancellor George and the UMSL Alumni Association will host a meet-and-greet reception on Dec. 4th.
Jennifer Cobbina* has been awarded a dissertation fellowship by the National Institute of Justice.
Mike Vecchio* was the winner of the Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2008 Meetings of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Rosenfeld and Dr. Jody Miller for their recent elections in the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. Rosenfeld has been elected the incoming President and Dr. Jody Miller has been elected Executive Counselor.
Dr. Andres Rengifo has been appointed by the Colombian Bureau of the Census to serve in a 3-member independent commission seeking to assess the quality of crime and police statistics compiled by the Colombian Government.
Dr. Jody Miller was promoted to full Professor. Congratulations!
We're hiring! CCJ invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor, to begin August 17, 2009. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.
Ekaterina Archakova* received a fellowship from the Bureau of Justice Statistics to attend the course "Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data" at ICPSR.
Dr. Jody Miller's book Getting Played has been published by NYU Press.
Mark Berg* has been awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim dissertation fellowship. He is expected to graduate around May, 2009.
Brendan Dooley* has received a dissertation award from the Institute for Humane Studies.
Dr. Richard Rosenfeld received an award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and the St. Louis Association of Realtors
Dr. Richard Wright was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Sociology (BJS). BJS is now ranked #3 out of 96 Sociology journals according to the ISI.
Dr. Allen Wagner's book Good Order and Safety: A History of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, 1861-1906 has been published by the Missouri Historical Society Press.