Doctoral Students


Chris Burkey

Chris Burkey

Chris received her B.S. degrees (2009) in Psychology and Criminal Justice/Criminology and her M.A. (2012) in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. Her research and teaching interests include: corrections, criminal justice policy, deviant behavior, and forensics.

Chris Burkey can be reached at lcrushburke@ualr.edu.
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Grant Drawve

Grant Drawve

Grant received his B.A. (2009) in Administration of Justice and M.A. (2011) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His focus area is environmental criminology with a specialty in the spatial-temporal analyses of crime. His research and teaching interests include: environmental criminology, neighborhoods and crime, GIS, micro-places, crime prevention, policing, juvenile delinquency, drugs and crime, and the urban environment.

Grant Drawve can be reached at grdrawve@ualr.edu.
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Jim Hurst

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.

Jim Hurst can be reached at jnhurst@ualr.edu.
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Alesa Liles

Alesa Liles

Alesa received her B.A. in Psychology (2010) and B.S. in Criminal Justice (2010) from Northeastern State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice as well as an MSW. Her teaching and research interests include: corrections, juvenile justice, mental health, women in criminal justice, and criminal justice policy.

Alesa Liles can be reached at arliles@ualr.edu.
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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 bamcneal@ualr.edu.
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Jennifer Miller

Jennifer currently holds two Bachelor’s degrees: one in criminal justice, and one in professional and technical writing. Jennifer is originally from Little Rock and is currently involved in planning and implementing the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy. She recently finished a process evaluation for the Arkansas Department of Community Correction related to the Second Chance Reentry Grant.

Jennifer Miller can be reached at jmmiller@ualr.edu.
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Rick Dierenfeldt

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 rxdierenfeld@ualr.edu.
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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 knsobba@ualr.edu.


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.

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Marc can be reached at mdglidden@ualr.edu.