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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Full-time Faculty      
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  
Research Faculty      
Anne Hobbs Ryan Spohn    
Emeritus Faculty      
Susan Jacobs Samuel Walker    
Part-time Faculty      
Brad Alexander Steve Baxley Michael Butera Don Carey
Briana Chase Joy Citta Carrie A. Conley Liddie Daniels
Jim Davidsaver Mark Foxall Brian Jackson Joe Jeanette
Makayla Maclin Ed Oslica 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


Full-time Faculty

Amy Anderson
Lincoln Campus

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
Lincoln Campus
Omaha Campus

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.

Pauline Brennan
Lincoln Campus

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 Brennan
Omaha Campus

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
Omaha Campus

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
Omaha Campus

John Crank is a Professor. He received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Arizona and his M.P.A. from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado. 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 grant writing, with two National Institute of Justice grants.  He has published seven 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
Distance Campus

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
Lincoln Campus

Chris Eskridge is a Professor. He took his Ph.D. 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 Executive 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
Omaha Campus

Dennis Hoffman is a Professor. He earned his Ph.D. from Portland State University. 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
Lincoln Campus

Lorine Hughes is an 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
Lincoln Campus

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 Marshall
Omaha Campus

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 Meier
Omaha Campus

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 Sample
Omaha Campus

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
Lincoln Campus

Jukka Savolainen (Ph.D. Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1996) is an Associate Professor. Professor 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
Omaha Campus

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) and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (2003).  His research interests focus on juvenile delinquency and gangs, extremist movements, violence, social psychology, and qualitative methods. Vita

Benjamin Steiner
Omaha Campus

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. Vita

Bill Wakefield
Omaha Campus

Bill Wakefield is a Professor and Director of Outreach for the School. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University. 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
Omaha Campus

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

Research Faculty

Anne Hobbs
Lincoln Campus

Anne Hobbs, J.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute. 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 criminal procedure and civil rights and working with students on a variety of projects. Vita

Ryan Spohn
Omaha Campus

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

Emeritus Faculty

Susan Jacobs
Lincoln Campus

Susan Jacobs is an 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 has lectured 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 a recipient of a Canterbury Fellowship and has taught at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Sam Walker
Omaha Campus

Samuel Walker is an 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

Part-time Faculty

Brad Alexander

Brad Alexander received his B.S. in criminal justice from the UNL and his M.P.A from UNO.  His career is rooted in the criminal justice system, having worked in corrections since 1985.  He currently serves as the superintendent of the Douglas County Youth Center.  He has been teaching as an adjunct professor since 1999.

Steve Baxler

Steve Baxley is an attorney in private practice in Omaha. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his J.D. 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

Michael Butera received his M.S. in Criminal Justice from UNO and his B.S. 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

Don Carey served as a police chief for 29 years in four different jurisdictions around the country, including Omaha, NE. He received his M.P.A. 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

Brianna Chase completed her B.S. in Criminal Justice at Wayne State College in 2003 and her M.S. 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

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 B.A. and M.A.A. 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.

Carrie A. Conley

Carrie A. Conley received her M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UNO and her B.A. in psychology and criminology from UNI. She has over 12 years of experience in the social service field, from adult mental health to juvenile corrections. Carrie is completing her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice at UNO.

Liddie Daniels

Liddie Daniels took both her bachelor's degree and M.A. 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 B.S. 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

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 M.P.S. and a B.S. in Criminal Justice, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Brian Jackson

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 M.P.A. from UNO in 2010.

Joe Jeanette

Joe Jeanette is the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nebraska. In his current capacity he serves as the Public Information Officer and Training Coordinator. He has hosted and coordinated training for local, federal and state officials on such topics as drugs and violent crime, child sexual abuse and enticement, financial investigations and money laundering, crime victim issues, and legal liability for law enforcement managers. He is past President and current Treasurer of the Metro Omaha Chief’s Association, and board member of the Omaha Community Partnership. Joe graduated with a B.G.S. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Makayla Maclin

Makayla Maclin is a prosecutor for the City of Omaha.  She represents the State of Nebraska in prosecuting misdemeanor cases occurring in Douglas County.  She has tried hundreds of cases and her most recent focus is child abuse/neglect.  She earned her undergraduate degree at Creighton University and her J.D. at the University of Iowa College of Law.  She formerly worked as a compliance attorney and corporate manager at Commercial Federal Bank and has taught at local universities.

Ed Oslica

Ed Oslica has been an Intelligence Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska since 2010. He is involved in criminal and terrorism investigations. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Division and serves as a liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force with the FBI Omaha Field Office.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office,  Mr. Oslica served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, Security Forces and retired as a Master Sergeant. During his military career he served as Patrolman, Alarm/Security Surveillance Operator, Emergency Service Team member, Hostage Negotiator, Flight Chief, Patrol Master and Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Officer. He graduated from American Military University, with a B.A. in Homeland Security in 2009.

Kimberly Retzlaff

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 M.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Sociology from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Steve Russell

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 Scot

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 M.S. in Criminal Justice, as well as her B.S., 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

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

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

Susan Tast received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska and her J.D. 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

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 M.S. in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University in 2007.