PhD Student Profiles

Take a few minutes to get to know our current PhD students.

Megan Alsleben

Megan Alsleben -- CV

  • Social structure & cultural context in violent crime trends
  • Comparative criminology
  • Feminist criminology theory
  • Conceptualizing & measuring social inequalities
Kimberly Bernstein

Kimberly Bernstein -- CV

  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal law
  • Racial/gender disparities in the criminal justice system
  • Decision-making in courtroom actors
Zachariah Biggers

Zachariah Biggers -- CV

  • Decision making
  • Media and public perception
  • Public opinion on crime and criminal justice
Lichen Chu

Lichen Chu -- CV

  • Comparative criminology
  • Decision making 
  • Violence and suicide
  Jeeyoung Chung
Alyssa Clark

Alyssa Clark -- CV

  • Local legal culture
  • Rural justice
  • Indigent defense
  • Law and society
  • Qualitative methods
Justin Clayton

Justin Clayton -- CV

  • Inequality
  • White collar crime
  • Comparative criminology
  Maureen Darby
Guillermo Escano

Guillermo Escano -- CV

  • Homicide trend in Latin America
  • Interrupted time-series analysis
  • Intersectionality of criminology & public health
  • Drug trafficking
  • Organized criminal groups
  • Homicide spatial analysis
  • Anti-crime strategies
  • Urban sociology
Jingyi Fei

Jingyi Fei -- CV

  • Offender decision making and plea bargaining
  • Wrongful conviction
  • Cross-national suicide and homicide
Alysha Gagnon

Alysha Gagnon -- CV

  • Evaluating evidence based practices for youth
  • Childhood adversity
  • Quantitative methods
  Yichao Gao
Shaina Herman

Shaina Herman -- CV

  • Offender decision-making 
  • Morality and criminal offending
  • Criminological theory
  • Survey research methods
James Hubbell

James Hubbell - CV

  • Queer criminology
  • Homicide/Parricide
  • Violence
  • Offender decision making
  • Quantitative methods
Stefan Ivanov

Stefan Ivanov -- CV

  • Mass incarceration
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Public opinion on crime and criminal justice
  • Courts and sentencing
  • Punishment, corrections, & reentry
Hilary Jackl

Hilary Jackl -- CV

  • Prisoner reentry 
  • Ethnographic & qualitative methods 
  • Prison education
  Hyun Ju Jeong
Byunggu Kang

Byunggu Kang -- CV

  • Demographic understanding of crime rates
  • Algorithms in criminal justice
  • Comparative criminology
Matthew Kijowski

Matthew Kijowski -- CV

  • Offender decision making
  • Criminological theory
  • Quantitative methods
Benjamin Kuettel

Benjamin Kuettel -- CV

  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Drug use
  • Substance use disorder
  • Addiction
  • Life-course perspective
Stefana LoTempio

Stefana LoTempio -- CV

  • School shootings 
  • Homicide research 
  • Decision making 
  • Courts/Wrongful conviction  
Colleen Mair

Colleen Mair -- CV

  • Female offending and incarceration
  • Mental illness and incarceration
  Loralys McDaniel
  Jacob Montgomery
Victoria Nelson

Victoria Nelson -- CV

  • Juvenile justice
  • Sentencing
  • Incarcerated individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Policy relevant research
Rachel Novick

Rachel Novick -- CV

  • Race, class, and crime
  • Desistance
  • Quantitative methods
  • Measurement issues
Brian Rainey

Brian Rainey -- CV

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Violent crime
  • Neighborhoods and crime
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal justice policy
  Preston Roberts
Kendall Robinson

Kendall Robinson -- CV

  • Sex work
  • Inequality
  • Foster care
  • Juvenile justice
Nathaniel Schutten

Nathaniel Schutten -- CV

  • Public opinion of crime and criminal treatment
  • Media portrayals of crime
  • Social psychology
Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson -- CV

  • Social threat
  • Public opinion of crime 
  • Marijuana legalization
Caitlin Udas

Caitlin Udas -- CV

  • Drug policy 
  • Mass incarceration 
  • Inequality 
Katherine Wahrer

Katherine Wahrer -- CV

  • Dehumanization theory
  • Disgust
  • Genocide
  • Human trafficking
  • Social psychology
Jennifer Weintraub

Jennifer Weintraub -- CV

  • Wrongful convictions/miscarriages of justice
  • Public policy
  • Criminal law
  • Jury decision making
  • Moot court
Haemi Won

Haemi Won -- CV

  • Criminal justice reform policy
  • Police innovation
  • Police-citizen relations
  • Public opinion toward criminal justice system
  • Governance and accountability
  • Gender and decision-making
  • Juvenile justice
  • Women in policing
Sishi Wu

Sishi Wu -- CV

  • Law
  • Criminal justice
  • Death penalty
  • Law and policy
  • Wrongful conviction
  • Penology
Billy Zakrzewski

William Zakrzewski, Jr. -- CV

  • Cross-national homicide and suicide studies
  • GIS mapping and research
  • Green criminology