Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Graduate Research Assistant

Legal decision-making, coercion, admissions of guilt, miscarriages of justice

Samantha Luna is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law and Society program and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Modeling Decision-Making in the Legal System (MODILS) Lab. Her research interests generally include legal decision-making, coercion, admissions of guilt, and miscarriages of justice.

Selected Publications

Luna, S. (2022). Defining coercion: An application in interrogation and plea negotiation contexts. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Dezember, A., Luna, S., Woestehoff, S.A., Stoltz, M., Manley, M., Quas, J.A., & Redlich, A.D. (2021). Plea validity in circuit court: Judicial colloquies in misdemeanor vs. felony charges. Psychology, Crime, & Law.

Luna, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2020). Unintelligent decision-making? The impact of discovery on defendant plea decisions. The Wrongful Conviction Law Review.

Luna, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2020). The decision to provide discovery: An examination of policies and guilty pleas. Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Luna, S., & Redlich, A.D. (2020). A national survey of veterans treatment court actors. Criminal Justice Policy Review.


Grants and Fellowships

National Science Foundation Funded Law and Science Dissertation Grant

Courses Taught

CRIM 315, Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

CRIM 400, Applied Criminal Psychology 


B.S. in Criminology-Forensic Behavioral Sciences, California State University:Fresno 

M.A. in Criminology, Law & Society, George Mason University 

Recent Presentations

Luna, S. Dianiska, R., Hardin, K., Quas, J., & Redlich, A.D. (2022, March). Examining Investigator Strategies for Questioning Suspected Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking. In S. Mukhopadhyay & S. Luna (Chairs) Examining Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Victim Rescue, Trafficker Prosecution, and Rehabilitation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Denver, Colorado.

Luna, S. & Norris, R. (2021, November). Evaluating Innocence: An Examination of Intake Decision-Making. In R. Norris & S. Luna (Chairs) Wrongful Convictions 2: How Do We Know What We Know About Miscarriages of Justice? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Chicago, Illinois.

Luna, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2020, March). The Impact of Discovery Information and Guilt on Defendant Plea Decisions. In A. Dezember & S. Luna (Chairs) Understanding Guilty Pleas and Modeling Plea Decision-Making. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in New Orleans, Louisiana.