Doctoral Students

Jim Hurst
Jim received his B.A. (2007) in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He   is currently the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at UALR. His research interests include   juvenile delinquency, criminological theory, and criminal justice policy. He can be reached at lease click here to view Jim’s Vita.

Brittani McNeal
Brittani received her B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2012) from Bowling Green State University. She is currently involved in planning of the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy (AVAA).  Her research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, juvenile prostitution/human  trafficking, criminological theory, and policy analysis. Brittani McNeal can be reached at Please click here to view Brittani’s Vita.

Rick Derenfeldt

Rick received his BS (2011) in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and a MS (2013) in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. He also served as a police officer for ten years prior to beginning his doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. His research interests include policing, juvenile justice, criminological theory, and policy evaluation. Rick Dierenfeldt can be reached at Please click here to view Rick’s Vita.

Kristen Sobba

Kristen received B.S. degrees (2011) in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology at the University of Central Arkansas. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Her teaching and research areas include: bio-social criminology, juvenile delinquency, and corrections. She is a graduate assistant, and is on the grant Bureau of Justice Assistance: “Beyond the Walls” Second Chance Act Adult Offender Comprehensive Statewide Recidivism Reduction Demonstration Program with Dr. Montague. Kristen can be reached at

Marc Glidden

Marc received his B.S. in Criminal Justice (2010) from East Carolina University and his M.A. in Education (2013) from McKendree University. Before beginning the PhD program at UALR, Marc was a full-time campus life professional at McKendree University. His areas of interest include juvenile delinquency and justice, campus safety/security, and corrections. Please click here to view Marc Glidden’s Vita. Marc can be reached at