Ben joined UMSL's Criminology and Criminal Justice PhD program in 2015 after entering the MA program a year prior. He earned his BA in Criminal Justice at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and his research interests include offender decision making, measurement of theoretical constructs, evaluation of criminal justice interventions, and quantitative methods.
Dissertation Title: “Net Benefits and Offender Decision Making: Investigating some Overlooked Predictions of a Rational Choice Theory of Crime.”
Dissertation Committee: Kyle Thomas (Chair), Lee Ann Slocum, Janet Lauritsen, and Thomas Loughran.
Areas of Interest: Offender decision making, measurement, evaluation research, partial identification, and quantitative methods.
Curriculum Vitae: PDF
Luis Torres is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Prior to joining the doctoral program in 2017, he earned his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University—Newark School of Criminal Justice. His research primarily focuses on courts, pre-trial proceedings, judicial decision-making, and courtroom workgroups.
Dissertation Title: An Examination of the Effects of Workgroup Characteristics on Criminal Case Processing and Case Outcomes
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Lee Ann Slocum (Chair), Dr. Beth Huebner, Dr. Marisa Omori, and Dr. Andres Rengifo.
Dale Aaron Dan-Irabor is a PhD candidate in the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Criminology and Criminal Justice department. He joined the doctoral program in 2016, after earning his BA and MS in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His research interests include criminal justice and criminological theories; intersectionality; gender and social processes, including crime; procedural justice and policing; neighborhood processes and crime; the help-seeking process.
Dissertation Title: "It's just the kind of person I am. Like, I don't like being with authorities": An Intersectional Approach to Investigating the Help-Seeking Behavior of Young Black Men Following Experiences of Violent Victimization.
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Lee Ann Slocum (Chair), Dr. Beth Huebner, Dr. Janet Lauritsen, and Dr. Michelle Smirnova.
Areas of Interests: Decision-making; Legitimacy, policing and crime; Prison reentry; Procedural justice and Police-citizen relations, Avoidance behavior, Intersectionality and the relevance of cultural competence
Curriculum Vitae: PDF
Cherrell joined the UMSL Criminology and Criminal Justice PhD program after earning her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2014. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, race and crime, "street-code"/violent victimization, and offender reentry. Her current dissertation work explores how 40 men (20 African-Americans residing in violent urban neighborhoods and 20 combat veterans), experience, make sense of, and cope with exposure to violence.
Dissertation Title: Examining Trauma in Context: A comparative qualitative analysis of exposure to violence (ETV) among African-American males and male Combat Veterans
Dissertation Committee: Lee Ann Slocum (Chair), Stephanie DiPietro, Heidi Grundetjern, and Jody Miller
Areas of Interests: Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice; Qualitative Research Methods; Street-code & Violent Victimization; Community Violence & Trauma