Faculty

Dr. Bakhitah Abdul-Ra'uf

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Study Abroad Program Faculty Director

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5027
Phone: 540-831-6338
Email: bbabdulr@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • M.A., Antioch University
  • B.S., Cheyney State University

Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf joined the Radford University faculty in 1993.

Fall 2016 Schedule

  • CRJU-365, Diversity Issues in CRJU, 11:00-12:15 TR
  • CRJU-365, Diversity Issues in CRJU, 12:30-1:45 TR
  • CRJU-430, International Criminal Justice, 3:30-4:45 TR

Office Hours:  TBA

Interests

Dr. Bakhitah Abdul-Ra’uf is a Socio-Cultural and Applied Anthropologist, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Her research interest includes Police-Community Relations, Social Justice Mediation (training certificate, U of Mass, Amherst), Shari’a (Islamic Law) and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. She has worked with the police in Virginia and Florida where she conducted ethnographic studies. The Florida study included attending the police academy as a full participant observer. She has also observed the Auckland New Zealand Police while living with a Maori (indigenous population) family. Dr. Abdul-Ra’uf has observed both the Finnish Police in Joensuu, Finland, and students/recruits at the Police College of Finland in Tampere, Finland. While at the Police College of Finland, she presented research that she conducted with the Blacksburg, VA Police Department. Graduate courses taught include, Social Awareness, Qualitative Research Methods and a number of seminars including, Understanding Police Organizations.

Recent Professional Activities

  • Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf presented a paper at the XV World Congress of the International Study for Criminology in Barcelona, Spain in July, 2008.
  • In 2008, Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf completed training in Social Justice Mediation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  The training allows Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf to serve as a mediator in the area of social justice.
  • "Roles of Disengagement: Race, Crime, and Imprisonment - the Transformation of an African American New Worldview."  Article under review.
  • Abdul-Ra’uf, B.  & Newman, F.  (Accepted).  Is Racial Profiling of African Americans a Police Resource?   In Larry Hoover. (Ed.).  Challenging American Police: A Reader  for 21st   Century American Police: A Reader for the 21st Century.
  • "Examining Blasphemous Physical Depictions of the Prophet Mohammad." Paper Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Meetings, 2007, Seattle, Washington.
  • "U.S. Police/African-American Community Relations and Racial Profiling: Doing Anthropology at Home."  ERCES Online Quarterly Review, 3(1).
  • “Police Subculture and Racial Profiling: Doing Anthropology at Home.”  Paper Presented at the European and International Research Group on Crime, Ethics and Social Philosophy (ERCES), 2006, Borovetz, Bulgaria.

Dr. Riane Bolin

Assistant Criminal Justice Professor

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CONTACT

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5405
Phone: 540-831-7547
E-Mail: rbolin1@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • M.S., University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • B.A., North Carolina State University

Dr. Bolin joined the Radford University faculty in 2014.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU-100, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., TH
  • CRJU-385, Research Methods (Online)

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 1-2 p.m. or by appointment

Interests

Dr. Bolin's current research interests include a variety of issues related to juvenile justice and delinquency, including juvenile corrections, delinquency prevention, drug use, and victimization.

Recent Professional Activities

Recently, Dr. Bolin has been working on projects in a number of different research areas. Her work with Dr. Pate and former undergraduate student Jenna McClintock exploring the impact of substance use among college students recently resulted in a publication at The Social Science Journal. Additionally, she had an article entitled, “Drug use and abuse as primary motivators for male and female involvement in burglary: A comparison of self-reported differences among a random sample of male and female burglars” published in the Journal of Drug Issues.  Dr. Bolin has also been working on a project exploring public opinion of blended sentencing. Preliminary findings from this study will be presented at the 2018 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  She also continues to work on other projects involving juvenile corrections.

Dr. Tod Burke

Professor of Criminal Justice
Forensic Studies Coordinator

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CONTACT

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5410
Phone: 540-831-6515
E-Mail: tburke@radford.edu
Personal webpage

Background

  • Ph.D., City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • M.Phil., City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • M.F.S., The George Washington University

  • B.A., University of Maryland - College Park


Dr. Burke joined the Radford University faculty in 1995.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU 235-03, Police and Society, Tuesday/Thursday: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. CHBS 5021 (Forensic Lab)
  • CRJU 235-04, Police and Society, Tuesday/Thursday: 2-3:15 p.m. CHBS 5021 (Forensic Lab)
  • CRJU 320-01, Criminal Investigative Theory, Wednesday: 5-8 p.m. CHBS 5021 (Forensic Lab)

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. & Wednesday 2-3 p.m. & by appointment or walk-in

Interests

A former Maryland police officer, Dr. Burke's research interests include school/campus violence, domestic violence, serial and mass murder, and issues in policing and forensic science. At Radford University, Dr. Burke serves as advisor to the Delta Chi Fraternity and to the Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity.  In his spare time, Dr. Burke is an avid tennis player and is the proud parent of two dogs, Stella and Simcha.  

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
 -Herm Albright, 1876-1944

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Burke was recently awarded the Richard Tewksbury Award by the Western Society of Criminology, was the 2016 Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award, was the 2014 recipient of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 2012 recipient of the Radford University Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Burke is regular commentator on criminal justice issues for many national and local media outlets. View more information about Dr. Burke's publications, presentations and other professional activities.

Dr. Jack Call

Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator

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Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5308
Phone: 540-831-5391
E-Mail: jcall@radford.edu
Personal webpage

Background

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • J.D., College of William and Mary
  • B.S., Ball State University

Dr. Call joined the Radford University faculty in 1985. He served as the first Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU-315, Constitutional Rights of the Accused, 11 -  11:50 a.m. MWF
  • CRJU-655, Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. T

Office Hours: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 10:30 am – 11:30 p.m., Thursday

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Interests

Dr. Call's research interests include constitutional rights of the accused and prisoners' rights.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Call was the 2005 recipient of the Radford University Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes faculty for their outstanding service contributions.

Dr. Call's recent publications include:

  • "The Roberts Court and Police Practices: The Impact of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito in Police Practices Cases," American Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 35, No. 4 (December 2010), pp. 236-249.
  • Book Review, Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire, by Lynne A. Haney, The Law and Politics Book Review, (December 2010), pp. 684-689.
  • Book Review, Indefensible:  One Lawyer’s Journey into the Inferno of American Justice, by David Feige, The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol.18, No. 3 (March 2008), pp. 204-207
  • Book Review, The Most Democratic Branch:  How the Courts Serve America, by Jeffrey Rosen, The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 17, No. 8 (August, 2007), pp. 675-681
  • Book Review, The Innocent Man, by John Grisham, The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 17, No. 7 (July, 2007), pp. 602-608
  • “The Supreme Court and Police Practices:  The Last Two Terms,” The American Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 31, No. 2 (June 2007), pp. 105-119
  • Essay, “Constitutional Rights:  Search and Seizure,” The Encyclopedia of Police Science (2006), edited by Jack Raymond Greene, Routledge Publishing

Dr. Lori Elis

Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator

Radford University Office of University Relations

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, room 5028
Phone: 540-831-6775
E-Mail: lelis@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park


Dr. Elis joined the Radford University faculty in 2007.

Spring 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU 370, Crime and Criminal Behavior: MWF 11 – 11:50 a.m.
  • CRJU 370, Crime and Criminal Behavior: MWF 12 – 12:50 p.m.
  • CRJU 370, Crime and Criminal Behavior: M 6 – 9 p.m.  Higher Ed Center Roanoke

Office Hours: MWF 10 – 10:50 a.m.; MWF 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Interests

Dr. Elis' research interests include gender and crime, developmental theories of crime, domestic violence, and the examination of patterns of sentencing disparity in Virginia.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Elis' recent professional activities include publications in the areas of police responses to domestic violence, restorative justice, and an empirical test of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime.

Dr. Egan Kyle Green

Professor of Criminal Justice

Extended Campus Coordinator


Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5038A
Phone: 540-831-5995
E-Mail: ekgreen@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • M.A., East Tennessee State University

  • B.S., Appalachian State University


Dr. Green joined the Radford University faculty in 2005.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Dr. Green is on research leave for the Fall 2017 semester.

Interests

Dr. Green's research explores rural crime, with a focus on wildlife crime and wildlife law enforcement; he also conducts research on illicit liquor manufacturing and distribution.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Green recently authored an article titled Culture Conflict Between Moonshiners and the Government: An Explanation of Jury Nullification and Nolle Prosequi in Illicit Alcohol Offenses in Rural Communities that was published in the International Journal of Rural Criminology. This is the first academic research article addressing illicit moonshine to ever be published in a criminological journal. He also authored an article titled Judging the Effectiveness of Anti-Poaching Hotlines that is published in the Journal of Rural Social Sciences. Dr. Green recently finished revisions to the 8th edition of The Police Manager. He is conducting fieldwork on wildlife crime during the fall 2017 semester. 

Dr. Nicole Hendrix

Professor of Criminal Justice
Interim Core Curriculum Director
Washington, DC Travel Study Program Coordinator

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5038B
Phone:  540-831-6161
E-Mail: pnhendrix@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., University at Albany
  • M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Dr. Hendrix joined the Radford University faculty in 2006.

Interests

Dr. Hendrix’s current research interests include a variety of criminal justice topics, including police use of force, gender and justice issues, firearm related topics, specifically the purchase, storage, and carrying of guns.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Hendrix focuses much of her professional activities on those that increase partnerships with criminal justice agencies and provide enriching experiences for her students. Recently, her undergraduate research methods students partnered with political science students from Dr. Tanya Corbin’s course on disaster policy to conduct a survey of City of Radford residents on the needs and resources available for responding to crises and disasters. Dr. Hendrix presented findings resulting from collaborations with graduate students at both the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her current work examines cultural determinants of gun ownership and the role of media depictions of gun policy.

Recent Publications

Verrecchia, Philip J. and Nicole Hendrix. (2016) “The Effects of Self-Classification on Perceptions of Security Levels and Civil Liberties Among a Sample of College Students,” Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression

Misis, Marcos L., Michael D. Bush, and Nicole Hendrix. (2016). “An examination of College Students’ Fears about Terrorism and the Likelihood of a Terrorist Attack,” Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Verrecchia, Philip J. and Nicole Hendrix. (2015) “The Effects of Individual Characteristics on Perceptions of Security Levels and Civil Liberties: An Examination Over a Decade After 9/11,” Virginia Social Science Journal.

Corbin, Tanya and Nicole Hendrix. (2014) “The Demise of the American Middle Class and the Rise of the Police State,” in Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance edited by Robert Bunker and Pamela Bunker.

Hendrix, Nicole. (2014) “Integrating Criminal Justice Professionals into the Research Methods Classroom", The Criminologist, publication for the American Society of Criminology, edited by Dr. Charisse Coston

Hendrix, Nicole. (2013) Experience Criminal Justice, 1E, New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing.

Dr. Lucy Edwards Hochstein

Professor of Criminal Justice

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Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5026
Phone: 540-831-6163
E-Mail: lhochstei@radford.edu

Background

  • 
Ph.D., Washington State University

  • M.A., Washington State University

  • B.A., Seattle University


Dr. Hochstein joined the Radford University faculty in 2000.

Interests

Dr. Hendrix’s current research interests include a variety of criminal justice topics, including police use of force, gender and justice issues, firearm related topics, specifically the purchase, storage, and carrying of guns.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Hendrix focuses much of her professional activities on those that increase partnerships with criminal justice agencies and provide enriching experiences for her students. Recently, her undergraduate research methods students partnered with political science students from Dr. Tanya Corbin’s course on disaster policy to conduct a survey of City of Radford residents on the needs and resources available for responding to crises and disasters. Dr. Hendrix presented findings resulting from collaborations with graduate students at both the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her current work examines cultural determinants of gun ownership and the role of media depictions of gun policy.

Recent Publications

Verrecchia, Philip J. and Nicole Hendrix. (2016) “The Effects of Self-Classification on Perceptions of Security Levels and Civil Liberties Among a Sample of College Students,” Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression

Misis, Marcos L., Michael D. Bush, and Nicole Hendrix. (2016). “An examination of College Students’ Fears about Terrorism and the Likelihood of a Terrorist Attack,” Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Verrecchia, Philip J. and Nicole Hendrix. (2015) “The Effects of Individual Characteristics on Perceptions of Security Levels and Civil Liberties: An Examination Over a Decade After 9/11,” Virginia Social Science Journal.

Corbin, Tanya and Nicole Hendrix. (2014) “The Demise of the American Middle Class and the Rise of the Police State,” in Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance edited by Robert Bunker and Pamela Bunker.

Hendrix, Nicole. (2014) “Integrating Criminal Justice Professionals into the Research Methods Classroom", The Criminologist, publication for the American Society of Criminology, edited by Dr. Charisse Coston

Hendrix, Nicole. (2013) Experience Criminal Justice, 1E, New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing.

Dr. Luke William Hunt

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Prelaw Advisor

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Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5311
Phone: 540-831-6367
E-Mail: lhunt8@radford.edu

Personal webpage: lukewilliamhunt.com

Background

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • J.D., University of Tennessee
  • B.A., University of Arkansas

Dr. Hunt joined the Radford University Faculty in 2016.

Fall 2017 classes

  • POSC-438, Constitutional Law: Government Powers, 10- 10:50 a.m., MWF
  • CRJU-360, Criminal Law and Evidence, Noon - 12:50 p.m., MWF

Office Hours: 11 a.m. - Noon, MWF, and by appointment.

Interests

Luke William Hunt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. His primary research interests are at the intersection of criminal law/procedure and jurisprudence, and are informed by his professional background. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge James P. Jones, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, in Abingdon, VA. He then worked as a FBI Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, D.C. After leaving government service, he completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. His work at UVa focused on the moral limits of policing in the liberal tradition.

Recent Professional Activities

Recent publications include "The Law in Plato's Laws: A Reading of the "Classical Thesis," Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, 36 (2018); "Legal Speech and Implicit Content in the Law," Ratio Juris, 29:1 (2016); "What the Epistemic Account of Vagueness Means for Legal Interpretation," Law and Philosophy, 35:1 (2016); and "The Global Ethics of Helping and Harming," Human Rights Quarterly, 36:4 (2014). Recent conference presentations include work on entrapment at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference, Kansas City, Missouri, in 2017, and work on vagueness and legal interpretation at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2015. Current work includes a long-term project that examines the moral limits of modern police practices that flow from the basic tenets of the liberal tradition in legal and political philosophy. 

Dr. Margaret Pate

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5403
Phone: 540-831-6339
E-Mail: mpate1@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • B.A., B.S., M.S., Niagara University

Dr. Pate joined the Radford University faculty in 2014.

Fall 2017 Classes

  • CRJU 100 T/R 8-9:15 a.m.
  • CRJU 385 T/R 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • CRJU 670 (online)

Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday or by appointment (email mpate1@radford.edu for appointment)

Interests

Dr. Pate's research interests include the decision-making process that begins with the apprehension of a suspect all the way to conviction for the various actors in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, attorneys, and jurors, specifically decisions about evidence and perceptions of guilt. Dr. Pate also conducts research on interrogations and confessions. Dr. Pate is also interested in issues of wrongful conviction and life after one has been exonerated.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Pate presented findings from her dissertation on the videotaped interrogations of juveniles at the American Society of Criminology conference in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Pate was also given an award for her outstanding mentorship of undergraduate students in her final year of graduate study at the University of Florida.

Dr. Rachel Boba Santos

Professor of Criminal Justice

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Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5301
Phone: 540-831-5061
E-Mail: rsantos5@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.A. Arizona State University
  • B.A. California Lutheran University

Dr. Santos joined the faculty in 2016.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU 672 Applications in Crime Analysis (Online)

Office Hours: Mondays: 2:30 to 4 p.m. or by appointment

Interests

Dr. Santos interests include conducting practice-based research which is implementing and evaluating evidence-based practices in the “real world” of criminal justice.  In particular, she seeks to improve crime prevention and crime reduction efforts by police in areas such as crime analysis, problem solving, accountability, as well as leadership and organizational change.  Other areas of research include police/researcher partnerships, police/community collaboration, hot spot and problem-oriented policing, environmental criminology, crime and place, criminal justice data and technology, experimental research methodology, and program evaluation.

Recent Professional Activity

Dr. Santos recent professional activity includes two random controlled trials (RCT) testing police response in long-term (federally funded) and micro-time (conducted pro bono) property crime hot spots; serving as a subject matter expert for a million dollar BJA grant funding three police departments to develop a crime analysis toolkit; and working with a state police agency in the Northeast and a large North Carolina police department to improve their community collaboration efforts and  implement Stratified Policing, a crime reduction police approach she co-created.  She regularly conducts presentations at state and international conferences and is the keynote speaker for the Southern Policing Institute Annual Alumni Association’s conference where Stratified Policing is the featured topic. Dr. Santos regularly publishes peer-reviewed journal articles and guidebooks for police and has recently collaborated with a number of agencies and organizations to submit grant proposals for the 2016 federal funding cycle.  She has just completed the fourth edition her book, Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping, the only sole-authored textbook for crime analysis. Additional information about Dr. Santos’ research, publications, and other professional activities is available on her curriculum vita.

Dr. Roberto Santos

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) Executive Director David Weisburd (L) and Director Cynthia Lum (R) congratulate Hall of Fame inductee Alex Murray at the 2014 CEBCP-IDB Annual Symposium at the Arlington campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5305
Phone: 540-831-5157
E-Mail: rsantos4@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. Florida Atlantic University
  • B.S. Barry University

Dr. Santos joined the faculty in 2016.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU 490, Police Effectiveness, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. MW
  • CRJU 495, Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice, 5 - 6:15 p.m. MW

Office Hours: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday

Interests

Dr. Santos is a retired police commander from a large police agency in Florida where after 22 years worked in, supervised, and commanded every division within the agency. As such, his interests lie in policing. He assists police agencies and conducts evidence-based and practice-based research to “translate” research to practice and vice versa. Dr. Santos focuses on areas of crime reduction approaches and strategies, crime and place, environmental criminology, police use-of-force, police training, criminal investigations, organizational change and leadership, police and community partnerships, crime analysis, and experimental research methodology.   

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Santos co-created a crime reduction approach, called Stratified Policing, that provides the means for a police organization to systematize and sustain evidence-based practices taking “what works” and “makes it work” within the police organization. He is active in assisting police agencies around the U.S. and internationally in organizational change, evaluation, and sustainability processes for institutionalizing crime reduction strategies, crime analysis, and accountability. In addition, he has conducted a quasi-experiment and random controlled trial testing police response in, what he has coined as, “micro-time hot spots.” This work has resulted in recent grant funding, several peer-reviewed journal articles, and a police guidebook.  Dr. Santos was recently inducted into George Mason University’s Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame for leading rigorous research and the implementation of evidence-based practices into day-to-day police operations. Dr. Santos is currently the lead researcher in a COPS Office funded Collaborative Reform Initiative assisting a California police department to evaluate and improve its use of force practices, training, and community engagement and recently presented to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., for Vera Institute of Justice on data-driven, effective public safety systems and solutions. Additional information about Dr. Santos’ research, publications, and other professional activities is available on his curriculum vita.

Dr. Shawn Smith

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5401
Phone: 540-831-5593
E-Mail: ssmith479@radford.edu

Background

  • Ph.D., Old Dominion University
  • M.A., Old Dominion University
  • B.S., West Virginia University

Dr. Smith joined the Radford University faculty in 2016. 

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU-691, Crime and Public Policy, 6:30 — 9:30 p.m., M
  • CRJU-385, Research Methods, 3:30 – 4:45/5 — 6:15 p.m., MW

Office Hours: 9 a.m. – noon, Tuesday

Interests

Dr. 'Shawn Smith is a Criminologist and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.  His primary research interests mainly center around social capital, social networking theories in crime, sentencing inequality, crime mapping, urban/rural dichotomies in crime theory and advanced research procedures.  His current research involves: 1.) ongoing studies of urban and rural dynamics in patterns between social capital and crime rates in the U.K., and 2.) correlations between digital social capital and online victimization. 

Recent Professional Activities


Dr. Smith is a regular participant at the Annual Conference for the American Society of Criminology.  His current research involves: 1.) ongoing studies of urban and rural dynamics in patterns between social capital and crime rates in the U.K., 2.) correlations between digital social capital and "romance" victimization online, and 3.) illustrating spatial patterns in DMC data throughout Virginia.

Dr. Isaac Van Patten

Professor of Criminal Justice

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 5038C
Phone: 540-831-6737
E-Mail: ivanpatt@radford.edu
Personal webpage

Background

  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.Ed., Boston University
  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College

Dr. Van Patten joined the Radford University faculty in 1996.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU-495, Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice, 6-9 p.m. T
  • CRJU-671, Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research, 6-9 p.m. T

Office Hours: 3 - 5 p.m., Thursday

Interests

Dr. Van Patten's current research endeavors are in the spatial analysis of violent crime, techniques of analytical crime mapping, geographic profiling and crime analysis.

Recent Professional Activities

  • Journey to crime and crime pattern analysis of sexual homicides in Los Angeles County, for the period 1980 to 2004
  • Journey to crime and crime pattern analysis of child-victim homicides in Los Angeles County, for the period 2000 to 2006
  • Journey to crime and crime pattern analysis of prostitute-victim homicides in Los Angeles County, for the period 1980 to 2006
  • Exploratory spatial data analysis, violent crime pattern analysis and social disorganization in Roanoke Neighborhoods, for the period 2004 to 2006
  • Sex offender re-entry pattern analysis and exclusion zones, District 28 Probation & Parole, Radford
  • Violence assessment protocol for use in behavioral profiling
  • Jail diversion program evaluation for mentally ill offenders

Dr. Shelly Wagers

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Contact

Office: CHBS Building, Room 4506
Phone: 540-831-2541
E-Mail: swagers@radford.edu

Background

  • M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • B.S., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Dr. Wagers joined the Radford University faculty in 2014.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • CRJU 100, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday
  • CRJU 100, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 2-3:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
  • CRJU 100, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:45-5:15 p.m.

Interests

Dr. Wagers has a variety of research interests and experience that focus on helping people understand the internal motives behind their violence behaviors, and how these can either enhance or obstruct their interpersonal relationships at home and in their career. Currently, the focus of her work is the development and empirical testing of her theory,  Internal Power, and partnering with local Batterer Intervention Practitioners to evaluate the effectiveness of domestic violence policies and batterer treatment programs. Additionally, Dr. Wagers is engaged in a project evaluating the effectiveness of learning communities in criminal justice curriculums on student engagement and student learning.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Wagers publishes her work in several journals such as Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Police Chief and Partner Abuse. In addition, she has presented her research multiples times over the past 10 years at the American Society of Criminologists, American Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma.  Dr. Wagers currently serves on the Executive Board for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and Co-Chairs their Public Policy Action Team. In addition, Dr. Wagers is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal Partner Abuse and serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Violence Against Women.