Criminology and Criminal Justice

CCJ News & Announcements


* Denotes UMSL CCJ Ph.D. student

Spring 2014

We're hiring again! Applications are being accepted for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2014

Dr. David Klinger has been promoted from Associate to full Professor. Congratulations!

Fall 2013

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. 

Summer 2013

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. 

Dr. Dan Isom received an Eisenhower Fellowship to study policing methods in Germany and Ireland.  Read about Dr. Isom's experience here.

Spring 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. Stephanie DiPietro has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to spend one semester researching and teaching at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Read more...

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. Richard Wright's research on burglars was featured in an animated short by Epipheo, a Cincinnati-based video communication agency.  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.

Fall 2012

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...

Summer 2012

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.

Spring 2012

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.

Fall 2011

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.

Summer 2011

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! 

Spring 2011

Dr. Richard Wright is this year's recipient of UMSL Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service. Congratulations! Read more...

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. 

Fall 2010

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.

Drs. Janet Lauritsen and Rick Rosenfeld have received the 2009-2010 Claude S. Fisher Award for Excellence in Contexts. Congratulations!

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.

Spring/Summer 2010

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 alumn 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!

The British Journal of Sociology turns 60! Join Dr. Richard Wright, BJS Editor-in-Chief to celebrate. Also read online the 60th Anniversary Issue.

Fall 2009

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!

Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen has been named new Chair of the CCJ Department. Many thanks to Dr. Richard Wright (outgoing Chair) for his service.

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).

Spring/Summer 2009

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 (SSSP). 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!

Fall 2008

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 a3-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.

Spring/Summer 2008

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. Beth Huebner received the 2008 Tori Caeti Young Scholar Award from the Juvenile Justice Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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.

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