Faculty/Staff Directory

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Dr. Joel D. Lieberman
Department Chair

Dr. Joel Lieberman received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1997. His work involves the application of social psychological theories to criminal justice issues. More specifically, his research focuses on jury decision making, inter-group conflict, and police use of social media. In addition, he has recently been conducting research on public attitudes about unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones). Professor Lieberman has experience in professional consultation, has authored numerous publications, and is a member of the editorial board for several journals. He was also the recipient of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Teacher Award.
E-mail: jdl@unlv.nevada.edu
Phone: 702-895-0249
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5144

Dr. Karu Hangawatte
Scholarship Coordinator
Dr. Karu Hangawatte received his LL.B. from the University of Ceylon, Colombo, in 1970 and his Ph.D. (with distinction) in criminal justice in 1984 from the State University of New York at Albany. He is an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. His areas of interest include law and society, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, legal method and process, terrorism and political violence, and the administration of criminal justice. He has been an assistant secretary of justice in Sri Lanka. Hangawatte served as a consultant to the United Nations and was commissioned to prepare several papers on crime prevention, victimology, transnational corporate abuses, and economic crime. He has also received several teaching awards at UNLV.
Website: http://faculty.unlv.edu/karu/
E-mail: Karu.hangawatte@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0243
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5120

Dr. Margaret Alexis Kennedy
Internship Director
Dr. Alexis Kennedy received her LL.B. from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1993 and her Ph.D. in forensic psychology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2004. Her areas of interest include child abuse, sexual assault, body image, and prostitution. Her doctoral dissertation on cross-cultural perceptions of child abuse won two American Psychological Association awards (Divisions 37 and 41).
Website: http://www.alexiskennedy.com
Internship Website: crjintern@gmail.com
E-mail: alexis.kennedy@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-5122
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5133

Dr. Hong Lu
Dr. Hong Lu is Professor of Criminal Justice Department. Dr. Hong Lu's areas of interest include comparative criminology, court and sentencing, and sociology of law. She coauthored three academic books (Punishment by Cambridge University Press, 2005; China’s Death Penalty: History, Law and Contemporary Practices by Routledge, 2007; China’s Drug Practices and Policies by Ashgate, 2009), edited one book on Jurisprudence (Renmin University Press, 2002) and two special issues for Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2010) and Asian Journal of Criminology (2011). She also published dozens of journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries in these research fields. Dr. Lu was the recipient of several research grants at UNLV, including NIA, SITE, RDA, and FOA. She was also a two-time recipient of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the Barrick Scholar Award for the Outstanding Faculty Researcher at UNLV.
E-mail: hong.lu@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0242
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5138

Dr. Tamara Madensen
Graduate Director
Director, Crowd Management Research Council
Associate Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Faculty Co-Advisor, Alpha Phi Sigma

Dr. Tamara Madensen received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the Crime Science perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, and studies crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working directly with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. She has authored several scholarly articles, books, technical reports, and problem-oriented policing guides sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Madensen received the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, and College of Urban Affairs and UNLV’s Spanos Distinguished Teaching Awards.
E-mail: Tamara.Madensen@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-5903
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5136

Dr. Terance Miethe
Dr. Terance Miethe received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University in 1982. His areas of interest include criminology, law, deviance, quantitative methodology, and evaluation research. He is the author of several books and articles on violent crime, criminal sanctions, and crime typologies. He has received several awards and research grants and was the recipient of the 2005 Barrick Award for the Outstanding Researcher at UNLV.
E-mail: miethe@unlv.nevada.edu
Phone: 702-895-0248
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5137

Darwin Morgan

Darwin Morgan has been a member of the UNLV community and adjunct faculty member since 2011. He recently accepted a full time lectureship appointment and will teach several courses in the Criminal Justice Department, including Introduction to the Administration of Justice, Civic Engagement in Urban Communities, and Corporate Security. He has over twelve years of experience in the private security sector and previously worked for the Ohio Service for Crime Opportunity Reduction (OSCOR) project, which helps police and communities develop crime reduction strategies and conduct project evaluations.

His research interests include interrogation practices, situational crime prevention, and evidence-based loss prevention measures.
E-mail: darwin.morgan@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0246
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5123

Dr. Gillian Pinchevsky
Faculty Co-Advisor, Alpha Phi Sigma

Dr. Gillian Pinchevsky received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Her research focuses on intimate partner violence, criminal justice system responses to violence and victimization (including specialized domestic violence courts), and the relationship between adolescent victimization and delinquency. Dr. Pinchevsky has also worked on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded project examining the relationship between adolescent victimization and substance use, with consideration to how the neighborhood context moderates these relationships.
E-mail: gillian.pinchevsky@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0233
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5122

Dr. Emily J. Salisbury
Editor: Criminal Justice and Behavior

Dr. Emily J. Salisbury is an Associate Professor who earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2007, and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology at Castleton State College in 2002. Prior to her arrival at UNLV in 2014, she was an Associate Professor at Portland State University. Additionally, Dr. Salisbury is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed, academic research journal, Criminal Justice and Behavior. CJB is the official publication of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, and is the leading publication source for the research on evidence-based practices in corrections. In July 2013, Google Scholar Metrics ranked CJB as the number one academic journal in the Criminology, Criminal Law, and Policing discipline based on article citations. Her primary research interests include correctional assessment and treatment intervention strategies, with a particular focus on female offenders and gender-responsive policy. She was the project director of two research sites that developed and validated the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment instruments (WRNAs) through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati. Her research publications have appeared in several top academic journals, as well as practitioner-oriented newsletters and book chapters. She is also co-editor of the book, Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation, currently in its 8th edition at Elsevier/Anderson Publishing. Dr. Salisbury has consulted with several local, state, and federal correctional agencies on implementing gender-responsive strategies. In 2010, she successfully implemented an identification and diversion protocol for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Clark County Juvenile Detention (Vancouver, WA), which has been implemented in several additional jurisdictions.
Email: emily.salisbury@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0245
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5121

Dr. Melissa Rorie
Advisor of Criminal Justice Club

Dr. Melissa Rorie received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. Her research interests are primarily in the field of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, but also include theory testing and research methodology. She has previously worked on: an experimental evaluation of an after-school program in Baltimore, an open-source terrorism database, a vignette study on environmental corporate behavior, evaluating a community policing program in North Carolina, and a meta-analysis of the impact of legal interventions on corporate offending. She is currently: developing and testing an integrated theory of corporate environmental behavior, examining how the relationship between regulators and environmental compliance managers impacts corporate behavior, and applying theory to explain fraud in the mortgage industry.
E-mail: melissa.rorie@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0014
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5142

Dr. Randall G. Shelden
Dr. Randall G. Shelden received his Ph.D. in sociology from the Southern Illinois University in 1976. He is also a senior research fellow with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco. He received his master's degree in sociology at Memphis State University and Ph.D. in sociology at Southern Illinois University. He is the author or co-author of 17 books, including: Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society (co-authored with William B. Brown, Randal Fritzler and Karen Miller); Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (4th edition), with Meda Chesney-Lind (which received the Hindelang Award for outstanding contribution to Criminology in 1992); Youth Gangs in American Society 4th edition.), with Sharon Tracy and William B. Brown; Controlling the Dangerous Classes: The History of Criminal Justice (2nd edition); Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society (2nd edition); Juvenile Justice in America: Problems and Prospects (co-edited with Daniel Macallair) and Our Punitive Society. He is also the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on the subject of crime and justice. He has also written more than 100 commentaries appearing in local and regional newspapers. He was the recipient of the UNLV Alumni Award for Outstanding Teacher in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, and 1993. Also, he received the Outstanding Research Award for the College of Urban Affairs in 2006. He is the co-editor of the Justice Policy Journal which is affiliated with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco.
Website: www.sheldensays.com
E-mail: shelden@unlv.nevada.edu
Phone: 702-895-0251
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5140

Dr. William Sousa
Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Dr. William Sousa received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University in 2003. His research interests include police policy and management and community crime prevention. His past projects include a national evaluation of the Department of Justice's Comprehensive Communities Program (CCP), an evaluation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in Massachusetts, and evaluations of crime-reduction policies implemented by the New York City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. He is currently involved in investigations of violence reduction efforts in Las Vegas.
E-mail: william.sousa@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0247
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5132

Dr. Emily I. Troshynski
Undergraduate Coordinator

Emily Troshynski received a M.Sc. in Sociology from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). While finishing her Ph.D., Troshynski also completed a Graduate Feminist Emphasis (GFE) from the Department of Women’s Studies at UCI. Dr. Troshynski’s research interests include understanding the social causes of deviance, violence and victimization. Particularly, Troshynski’s research examines differences and similarities in the experiences, interpretations, and consequences of gendered violence (i.e. sex crimes, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence) as well as justice responses to them. Currently, Dr. Troshynski is working on a collaborative interdisciplinary research project that examines courthouse centers assisting self-represented litigants with civil domestic violence restraining orders. Her research has been published in Trends in Organized Crime, International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, and Theoretical Criminology. Her work has also appeared in The Handbook of Critical Criminology (Routledge, 2011), The Handbook on the Psychology of Violence (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Women, War, and Violence (Elsevier-Academic, 2014).

Dr. Troshynski teaches introductory courses on criminal justice, interdisciplinary perspectives of law, politics, and society as well as upper-division courses in criminological theory, women and crime, gender and crime, and surveillance and social control.
E-mail: emily.troshynski@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-0228
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5134


Kristine Hoffman
Administrative Assistant III

E-mail: kristine.hoffman@unlv.edu
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5146

Cameron Thomas
Student Worker

E-mail: cameron.thomas@unlv.edu
Office: Greenspun Hall (GUA) — Room 5150

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Department of Criminal Justice
Hank Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
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Main Office: 702-895-0236

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