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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Students are the life-blood of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Over 600 undergraduate students are currently pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice on either the Omaha or Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska. There are also over 50 students pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice on the Omaha campus, while a number of other students are pursuing a Master’s degree online through the School’s Distance Education program. The School also has several doctoral students who are working towards their Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Below you will find information regarding our doctoral students who are currently on the job market and our other current doctoral students and graduate assistants.

Doctoral Students on the Job Market

Dana Radatz

Dana L. Radatz is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University in 2009. Her research interests include batterer intervention programs, corrections, evidence-based practices, female offenders, and a wide range of victimizations (e.g., domestic violence, prostitution, rape/sexual assault). Her dissertation examines domestic violence offenders and the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs using correctional evidence-based techniques. She is also working on a project funded by the Women’s Center for Advancement of Omaha. This project examines UNO’s Green Dot, Inc. violence prevention program and violence among UNO students. Furthermore, Dana has taught an array of undergraduate courses, such as Women and Crime, Violence, and Victimology. In addition to her research and teaching, Dana volunteers her time as a research consultant for the Domestic Violence Council of Omaha.

Bryan Bubolz

Bryan F. Bubolz is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2009. His research interests include street gangs, extremist movements and domestic terrorism, desistance, violence, and criminological theory. His dissertation utilizes a life history approach to study involvement in street gangs and focuses on aspects of desistance, family socialization, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He is also working on a project funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation that examines desistance from violent extremism and another project funded by the Department of Homeland Security that examines recruitment and radicalization among U.S. far right terrorists. His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and American Behavioral Scientist. Curriculum Vitae

Michael Johnson

Michael A. Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice and his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research agenda focuses on cybercrime and policing strategies, with an emphasis on how the two intersect. His dissertation, entitled Modern Day “Hackers”: Re-examining the Hacker Community and the Evolution of the Hacker Ethic, utilizes a grounded theory approach to examine how hackers define their community today. This understanding may provide law enforcement and policymakers with a better understanding of the distinct subcultures that have developed within the broader hacker community. In addition to his research, Michael has taught a variety of undergraduate courses including Police and Society, Philosophy of Justice, and Cybercrime. Curriculum Vitae

Current Graduate Assistants and Doctoral Students

Rita Augustyn
Rita Augustyn
Gender Studies, Media
Danielle Bailey
Danielle Schulz
Criminal Justice Policy
Sex Offender Policy
Parole and Probation
Forensic Science
Jonathan D. Bolen
Criminological theory
Construction and testing
Prosecutorial discretion
Creation and application of law
Comparative criminal justice
Police culture
Kris Bruckerhoff
Kris Bruckerhoff
White Collar Crime
Ecological Factors and Crime
Economics and Crime
Identity Crimes
Sex Offender Legislation
Daniel Butler
Daniel Butler
Implementation of Correctional Policies, Probation and Parole, Supermax Prisons and Inmate Discipline, Terrorism.
Calli Cain
Calli Cain
Women & Crime (with an emphasis on human trafficking)
Depression & Crime
Juvenile Delinquency
Ejder Canbakis
(aka Dragon)
Joselyne Chenane
Joselyne Chenane
Police/Minority Relations
Comparative Criminal Justice
Organized Crime (Gangs, transnational/international crimes, insurgent groups, terrorism)
Jared Ellison
Jared Ellison
The Death Penalty
Alternatives to Incarceration
Community Level Crime Prevention
Bob Lytle
Bob Lytle
Punishment attitudes
Capital punishment
Danny Madrid
Danny Madrid
Youth Street Gangs
Juvenile Delinquency
Minorities in Crime/Criminal Justice
Institutional Corrections
Social Network Analysis
Hilary McNeel
Hilary McNeel
Domestic/International Terrorism
Hate Crimes
American Indian Studies
Johanna Peterson
Johanna Peterson
Sentencing disparities/judicial and prosecutorial discretion
Public Policy 
Juvenile Justice
Women/Gender and crime (sexual assault, intimate partner violence)
Alternatives to incarceration
Trisha Rhodes
Trisha Rhodes
Gender Differences
Juvenile Delinquency
Organizational Theory
Police-Citizen Relations
Police Culture
Policing Strategies
Karyn Sporer
Karyn Sporer
Ecology of Crime/Social Disorganization Theory, Mental Health and Violence, Mental Health in Prisons.
Elizabeth Sykes
Elizabeth Sykes
Policing; Police-Community Relationships
Public Policy
Organized Crime
Gender and Crime
Kristina Thompson
Kristina Thompson
Etiological Understanding of Crime
Politics and Crime
E.A. "Penny" Westfall Community policing
Ethics, cultural diversity & minorities in prisons