|Amy Anderson||Candice Batton||Jonathan Brauer||Pauline Brennan|
|Samantha Clinkinbeard||John Crank||Heath Dingwell||Chris Eskridge|
|Dennis Hoffman||Lorine Hughes||Colleen Kadleck||Chris E. Marshall|
|Robert F. Meier||Lisa Sample||Jukka Savolainen||Pete Simi|
|Benjamin Steiner||Bill Wakefield||Emily Wright|
|Anne Hobbs||Ryan Spohn|
|Susan Jacobs||Samuel Walker|
|Steve Baxley||Michael Butera||Don Carey||Briana Chase|
|Joy Citta||Liddie Daniels||Jim Davidsaver||Mark Foxall|
|Brian Jackson||Kimberly Retzlaff||Steve Russell||Laurie A Scott|
|Bennie Shobe||Mark Sundermeier||Susan Tast||Joe Yocum|
|Mailing address for the Lincoln campus:
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
901 N. 17th Street, 310 NH
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0561
Phone: (402) 472.3677
|Mailing address for the Omaha campus:
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
6001 Dodge Street, 218 CPACS
Omaha, Nebraska 68182-0149
Phone: (402) 554.2610
Amy Anderson is an Associate Professor. She received her B.A. in Sociology/Criminology from Ohio State University in 1997, M.A. from the Crime, Law, & Justice Program (Sociology Department) at Pennsylvania State University (2000), and her Ph.D. from the Crime, Law, & Justice Program at Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Her research interests include time use and deviance, the relationship between family, school, and neighborhoods and delinquency, public perceptions of sex offenders, and quantitative methods. Vita
Candice Batton is an Associate Professor and Director of the School. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln (1991), M.A. in Sociology from Kansas State University (1993), and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University (1999). Her research focuses on historical trends in crime and violence rates in the United States, and gender and crime and justice.
Jonathan R. Brauer is an Assistant Professor. He received his B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology from Rockford College in 2003, M.S. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2007, and Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2011. His research focuses primarily on testing and developing theories of crime and delinquency and on investigating social processes that affect child and adolescent development. Vita
Pauline K. Brennan is an Associate Professor, and serves as the Doctoral Program Chair, the Director of the London Program, and the President of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 1999. Her research focuses on disparity in court processing outcomes, correctional issues, female offenders and victims, and the importance of race and ethnicity in media depictions of offenders. Vita
Samantha Clinkinbeard is an Assistant Professor. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Central College in Pella, Iowa (2002), M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her primary research interests include self-concept, future orientation, and motivation as they relate to offending and risk behavior among adolescents and early adults. She also has interest and experience in program evaluation. Vita
John Crank is Professor. He received his Masters in Sociology in Tucson in 1974 and in Public Administration in Springfield, Illinois, in 1976 and Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in 1987. He has published in the area of police effectiveness, and in the areas of organizational culture and structure, focusing on the police and on parole and probation. He has also published on criminal justice theory and counter-terrorism. He has been active in grants-writing, with two National Institute of Justice grants. He has published 7 books, two of which are in their second edition. He also received the "Outstanding Book Award" in 2004 from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his book, Imagining Justice. Vita
Heath Dingwell is a full-time Distance Education Instructor. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Rochester Institute of Technology (1995), M.S. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University (1997), and Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University (2001). His primary research interests focus on marijuana issues, such as legalization, decriminalization and medicinal uses. Other research interests include prescription drug abuse, the criminalization and stigmatization of chronic pain management, child abuse, and the role morality plays in the etiology of criminal behavior.
Chris Eskridge is Professor of Criminalogy and Criminal Justice. He took his PhD from Ohio State University in 1978 and joined the faculty shortly thereafter. Prior to that time, he worked in a number of justice agencies. In addition to his faculty duties, he currently serves as the Director of the American Society of Criminology. Professor Eskridge has published widely and has made numerous professional presentations, nationally and internationally. He serves as the General Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and is on the board of several other journals.
Dennis Hoffman is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He teaches undergraduate courses on Survey of Criminal Justice, Organized Crime, and Terrorism. His main area of interest is organized crime in Chicago. His first book, Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders (So. Ill. Univ. Press, 1993) highlighted the role of urban vigilantes in bringing Al Capone to justice. He is currently writing a sequel, No One is Above the Law: The Trial of Al Capone. This work-in-progress fits in the genre of research on criminal justice and the media. Vita
Lorine Hughes is Associate Professor. She received her B.S. in Sociology from Oregon State University (1996) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University (1998, 2003). Her interests include youth street gangs, criminological theory, social network analysis, and quantitative methods. Vita.
Colleen Kadleck is an Associate Professor. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University (1994), M.S. from the University of Cincinnati (1995), and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati (2001). Her research interests focus primarily in issues in policing and the use of quantitative methods. Currently her work is focusing on the systematic study of police unions and methodological and statistical issues in the measurement of agreement between raters.
Chris E. Marshall is an Associate Professor. He studied sociology at Bowling Green State University (B.A. in 1971; M.A. in 1975). He obtained his Ph.D. in sociology at Iowa State University in 1978. His teaching/research interests include theory construction focusing on the structural aspects of discursive theory, exploratory data analysis and graphing techniques for multivariate categorical data, general research methodology and statistics, social control, deterrence, and social indicators.
Robert F. Meier is a Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Sociology. He is the author or editor of 15 books and over 50 articles in professional journals. His scholarly interests include general processes of deviance and social control with a special interest in crime and crime-control policy. His most recent books include The Process and Structure of Crime: Criminal Events and Crime Analysis (with Leslie Kennedy and Vincent Sacco, 2001), Criminal Justice and Moral Issues (with Gilbert Geis, 2006), and Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 13th edition (with Marshall B. Clinard, 2008). He is presently involved (with Jessie Krienert) in another book project, Criminology: The Essentials, to be published by Oxford University Press. Vita.
Lisa L. Sample is a Professor and Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs and Community Service. She is also the Masters Program Coordinator for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research interests include criminal and juvenile justice policy. More specifically, she conducts research in juvenile and criminal justice sentencing disparities, drug control policies, prison reentry programs, and sex offender behavior and policies. She has worked with several state and local agencies to evaluate programs intended to address juvenile truancy, prisoner reentry, drug use, and methamphetamine manufacture and sale. Vita
Jukka Savolainen (Ph.D. Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1996) Associate Professor. Dr. Savolainen is interested in interdisciplinary explanations of crime, violence, and antisocial behavior. Accordingly, his research has examined the role of individual differences, life course processes, situational factors, and cross-national context in these outcomes. His recent research appears in Advances in Life Course Research, Criminology, and Psychological Medicine, among other outlets. Vita.
Pete Simi is an Associate Professor. He received his B.A. in social science from Washington State University (1995), M.A. in sociology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (1999) andPh.D. in sociology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (2003). His research interests focus on juvenile delinquency andgangs, extremist movements, violence, social psychology, andqualitative methods. Vita
Benjamin Steiner is an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. His research interests focus on issues related to juvenile justice, institutional and community corrections. He is currently the co-principal investigator (with Benjamin Meade, James Madison University) on a study funded by the National Institute of Justice that examines the effects of exposure to different types of violence on inmate maladjustment. His other current projects involve examining the causes and correlates of inmate victimization and rule breaking, along with the official responses inmate rule violations. Vita
Bill Wakefield is a Professor and Director of Outreach for the School. His primary teaching and research interests are comparative criminology and criminal justice, corrections, and program evaluation. Professor Wakefield is the co-author of Criminal Justice in England and the United States, 2nd edition (2008), and numerous professional publications. In addition, from 1978-2010, Professor Wakefield founded and directed the study-abroad tour to England each year in which over 2,000 students have participated. Professor Wakefield was selected for the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University for his contributions in the classroom and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding service to UNO.
Emily Wright is an Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. Her research involves neighborhoods, intimate partner violence and victimization (IPV), exposure to violence, and female offenders. Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Problems, Justice Quarterly, Child Abuse & Neglect, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Justice & Behavior. She has received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice on research regarding exposure to violence and victimization among adolescents. Vita
Anne Hobbs, J.D. Ph.D., is the Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her research interests include implicit bias, inequality in our justice systems, disproportionate minority contact and program evaluation. She has conducted a number of mixed methodological studies on the topic of racial and ethnic inequality in the juvenile justice system. She also enjoys teaching the criminal procedure and civil rights and working with students on a variety of projects. Vita
Ryan Spohn is Director of the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research. He received his B.S. in Sociology/Criminology from Kansas State University (1996), M.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University (1998), and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Iowa (2003). His areas of research include juvenile delinquency, crime, families, child maltreatment, and the evaluation of criminal justice agencies and programs. Vita
Susan Jacobs is Associate Professor Emeritus. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has published on topics involving sexual assault of doctors and lawyers directed toward their patients and clients, and development of policy to govern issues related to AIDS in correctional facilities. She is the author of two books, Self Defense and Battered Women Who Kill: A New Framework (co-authored with Robbin S. Ogle) and Case Studies in Criminal Procedure. She haslectured in Israel on self defense and domestic violence, and has been a Visiting Professor in Criminal Law in Slovakia in 2007. Professor Jacobs is also recipient of Canterbury Fellowship and has taught at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Samuel Walker is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice. He received a Ph.D. in American History from Ohio State University in 1973. He has taught at UNO since 1974. Professor Walker is the author of 14 books on policing, crime policy, and civil liberties. His most recent book is Presidents and Civil Liberties From Wilson to Obama (2012). He continues to work on issues of police accountability, particularly related to early intervention systems (EIS), citizen oversight of the police, and the mediation of citizen complaints. In 2012 he served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the law suit that successfully challenged the unconstitutional stops and frisks by the New York City Police Department. Vita/Consulting Vita
Steve Baxley is an attorney in private practice in Omaha. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at the University of Houston Law Center. He has been a prosecutor, defense lawyer, author, and commentator on national and local television. He has tried over 100 cases from traffic offenses to murder in both state and federal courts.
Michael Butera received his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from UNO and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from UNL. He began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at UNO in 1989, and has also taught on the Lincoln campus for several years. Mr. Butera is a 24 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, where he was assigned as the commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the time of his retirement in 2007. His wide range of experience included assignments in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Burglary Unit, Homicide Unit, Sex Assault Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Intelligence Unit, and in the Narcotics and Gang Units.
Don Carey served as a police chief for 29 years in four different jurisdictions around the country, including Omaha, NE. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and his B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He is the only police chief in North America to have led 4 police agencies to accreditation through CALEA. Don has published articles in the Police Chief and CALEA Bulletin magazines. He currently resides in Celebration, FL and instructs online for three different universities and consults on leadership and organizational issues.
Brianna Chase completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at Wayne State College in 2003 and her Master’s Degree in Security Management at Bellevue University in 2008. She began working for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in 2004 as a Case Worker and is now employed with Douglas County Corrections as a Correctional Officer.
Joy Citta is a captain with the Lincoln Police Department with over 35 years of law enforcement experience including commanding the Personnel and Training Unit, Community Services, Inspections and Planning. She holds a BA and an MAA from Doane College and teaches law enforcement classes in the state of Nebraska. She is an instructor for Responsible Hospitality Service in the liquor industry, has been a guest instructor at several colleges in the area, and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska.
Liddie Daniels took both her Bachelor's and M.A. degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research interests include violent crime, crime in public housing, and propaganda. Liddie is currently employed as a Research & Planning Specialist for the Omaha Police Department, where her duties include policy and grant writing, legislative review, and various other research and administrative assignments. Liddie has been an adjunct instructor for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 2008.
Jim Davidsaver received his Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from UNL and his Bachelor of Science Degree from UNO. He is a Captain at the Lincoln Police Department and has worked there since 1986. He has extensive experience as a generalist officer, criminal investigator, certified crime scene technician, front line supervisor and shift commander. His areas of interest include community policing, terrorism and Homeland Security.
Mark Foxall is the Director of the Douglas County Department of Corrections. He began his law enforcement career as an Omaha Police Officer and also worked as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of Project Impact with the United States Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Brian Jackson is the Assistant Chief of the Lincoln Police Department commanding the Operations and Support Divisions. He has over twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience, starting with the Hastings Police Department (1985-1987). Assistant Chief Jackson attended the 233rd FBI National Academy receiving advanced law enforcement/management training. He has held a number of assignments including management of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Drug Task Force, shift commander, department armorer, technical criminal investigations, community services, generalist officer and others. He received his undergraduate degree from Doane College in 1999 and a Masters of Public Administration from UNO in 2010.
Kimberly Retzlaff is a Sergeant with the Omaha Police Department with over 21 years of law enforcement experience. Her experience includes working in the Domestic Violence Unit, as well as in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Special Victims Unit (Child Victim/ Sex Assault), Traffic, Nuisance Squad, Training Academy Instructor, DARE Instructor, and Precinct Investigations. Kim received both her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Steve Russell has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska since 1985. He has been involved in both civil and criminal litigation representing the United States. He is currently assigned to white collar prosecutions involving fraud and tax violations. Mr. Russell graduated from Ball State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Economics and History in 1979 and from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1982. He was employed in private practice in Kearney, Nebraska, and as a Deputy County Attorney in Hall County before joining the United States Attorney's Office.
Laurie A. Scott is currently a Lieutenant with the Omaha Police Department where she has served the City of Omaha since 1992. She has worked in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Traffic Unit, Training Unit and the Backgrounds Unit. She is a certified law enforcement instructor for the State of Nebraska. She earned both her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as her Bachelor of Science Degree, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been teaching as an adjunct professor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 2002.
Bennie Shobe has worked as a researcher for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, and the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). He currently works for the Nebraska Department of Labor. His teaching experience includes courses in Research Methods, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Corrections and several other sociology courses at Western Kentucky University, Doane College and here at the University of Nebraska. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Western Kentucky University and is completing his Ph.D. work at UNL.
Mark Sundermeier is a graduate of Creighton University with 30 years of experience as a police officer. While employed with the Omaha Police Department his assignments included Uniform Patrol, Robbery/Sexual Assault, establishing the Bike Patrol, Public Housing, the Training Unit and Narcotics. Mark retired in 2009 as Deputy Chief, then helped Metropolitan Community College establish a sworn police department where he served as Deputy Chief. Mark was the founding chapter president for the Midwest Gang Investigators Association Nebraska Chapter, and is past president of the Metro Chiefs Association. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the co-author of the book Mission-Based Policing published by CRC Press. Mark now works for Clark International, a private security, executive protection, training and investigations firm.
Susan Tast received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Her background includes working in private practice as well as working for the University of Nebraska's Student Legal Services and the Lancaster County Deputy Public Defender’s office.
Joe Yocum currently serves as the Seward County Sheriff and is in his third term of office. Sheriff Yocum was elected in 1998 and has over 28 years of law enforcement experience. Sheriff Yocum attended the 205th FBI National Academy in 2001 and was graduated from The National Sheriff’s Institute in 2000. He is a founding member of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Project and serves as a member of the Training Committee with the FBI National Academy Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Bellevue University in 1992 and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University in 2007.