Graduate Assistants



  • Gretchen Baas

    Gretchen Baas

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Violence prevention, firearms, substance use, crime and place, quantitative methods

  • Talley Bettens

    Talley Bettens

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Wrongful convictions, interrogations, false confessions, deception detection

  • LaToshia Ashley Butler

    LaToshia Ashley Butler

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Racial disparity in the criminal justice system, perceptions of police use of force, community corrections, evidenced-based practices in parole and probation


  • Mary Catlin

    Mary Catlin

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Legal decision-making, false admissions of guilt, wrongful convictions and exonerees


  • Clayton B. Drummond

    Clayton B. Drummond

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Wrongful convictions, legal decision-making, organizational theory, capital punishment


  • Lakia Faison

    Lakia Faison

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Graduate Research Assistant

  • Margaretha (Chelsea) Foudray

    Margaretha (Chelsea) Foudray

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Corrections, criminal justice organizations, legal decision making, community supervision, intersection of law and psychology


  • Michael Goodier

    Michael Goodier

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Policing, the disorder-crime association, evidence-based crime policy, crime and place


  • Taylor N. Hartwell

    Taylor N. Hartwell

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Corrections, solitary confinement, prison culture, victimology, organizational culture, social inequalities, public policy, health and the criminal justice system

  • Tyler Houser

    Tyler Houser

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Terrorism, radicalization, environmental criminology, crime analysis

  • PJ Houston

    PJ Houston

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Community Corrections, Treatment Courts, Probation, Re-entry, Program Evaluation



  • I-Ching Jen

    I-Ching Jen

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Place-based criminology, international terrorism, mental health and criminal justice system

  • William Johnson

    William Johnson

    Graduate Research Assistant


  • Zainab Bakarr Kamara

    Zainab Bakarr Kamara

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Graduate Research Assistant

    transnational issues on race and inequality, early justice strategies, criminal thinking and behavior, and mental health populations in community and correctional settings. 

  • L. Caitlin Kanewske

    L. Caitlin Kanewske

    Graduate Research Assistant

    evidence-based crime interventions, mental health, prison reform, correctional programming

  • Kiseong Kuen

    Kiseong Kuen

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Policing, police legitimacy, place-based criminology, social problems at crime hot spots, evidence-based crime policy, quantitative analysis

  • Bryce Kushmerick-McCune

    Bryce Kushmerick-McCune

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Institutional corrections, solitary confinement, prison culture, prison organization and management, philosophies of punishment, penal history


  • Yi-Fang Lu

    Yi-Fang Lu

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Mental health and criminal justice system, substance abuse, crime and place, quantitative methods

  • Samantha Luna

    Samantha Luna

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Specialty courts, legal decision-making, and false admissions of guilt


  • Benjamin J. Mackey

    Benjamin J. Mackey

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Sociology of punishment, reentry, community supervision, Southern criminology, qualitative methods, survey research

  • Andrew J. Madrigal

    Andrew J. Madrigal

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Wrongful convictions, juvenile justice, social justice issues

  • Madeline McPherson

    Madeline McPherson

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Crime policy, corrections & penology, race/ethnicity, clemency


  • Kevin Petersen

    Kevin Petersen

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Policing, evidence-based crime interventions, guilty pleas, legal decision-making, crime and place

  • Heather Prince

    Heather Prince

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Juvenile delinquency, violent crime, school violence, domestic violence, crime and place, policing



  • Suraiya H. Shammi

    Suraiya H. Shammi

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Mental health, Guilty pleas, Miranda rights, Legal decision-making, Suicidal ideation

  • Emily Smedley

    Emily Smedley

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Lindsay Renee Smith

    Lindsay Renee Smith

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Gender, co-occurring disorders, interpersonal violence, corrections



  • Taryn Zastrow

    Taryn Zastrow

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Place-based criminology, crime analysis, community violence & health, policing, crime & public policy