Recent Graduates

Rocio Roles

Rocio Roles, Ph.D.

Rocio Roles received her B.A. (2012) and M.A. (2014) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Her teaching and research areas of interest include, juvenile justice and delinquency, military and community crime, policing, and criminological theory.

Rocio is currently an Assistant Professor at Ball State University.


Kristen Sobba

Kristen Sobba, Ph.D.

Kristen Sobba received B.S. degrees (2011) in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology at the University of Central Arkansas, and her M.A. at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently a graduate assistant and pursuing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Her research areas include:  juvenile delinquency, corrections, and cyber-criminology.

Kristen is currently an Assistant Professor at Southeast Missouri State University.


Kyle-Burgason

Kyle Burgason, Ph.D.

Kyle A. Burgason received his B.A. (2008) in Criminal Justice/Criminology and M.A. (2010) in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University.  His teaching and research interests include: policing, ethics in criminal justice, criminological theory, structural and cultural context of violent crime and victimization, capital punishment, and optimal foraging theory’s applications to crime. His recent work appears in The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Forensic Investigation.

Kyle is currently an Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University.


Tom Zawisza

Tom Zawisza, Ph.D.

Tom received his B.A. (2008) in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Kent State University and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. His focus area is environmental criminology, specializing in the built environment. His research and teaching interests include: environmental criminology, research methods, statistical methods, juvenile delinquency, neighborhoods and crime, theoretical criminology, and crime prevention.

Tom is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas A & M University International.


Chris Burkey

Chris Burkey, Ph.D.

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 is currently an Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University.

 


Grant Drawve

Grant Drawve, Ph.D

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 is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center on Public Security.


Jennifer Miller, Ph.D

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 is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Alesa Liles

Alesa Liles, Ph.D

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 is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia College and State University.


 

Rick Dierenfeldt, Ph.D

Rick Dierenfeldt is a recent doctoral candidate with a successful defense of his dissertation.  His research interests include the relationship between community characteristics, race, and crime and policy evaluation.  His most recent works have been published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Rick  can be reached at rxdierenfeld@ualr.edu. Please click here to view Rick’s Vita.

Rick is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.


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Brittani McNeal, Ph.D

Brittani McNeal received her B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2012) in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. She was involved in the planning and implementation of the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy (AVAA) and program evaluations for Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) for Arkansas Department of Human Services (2013-2014). She is currently a research analyst for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Her research interests include corrections, juvenile justice and delinquency, and perceptions of the criminal justice system (police and courts). Brittani McNeal can be reached at bamcneal@ualr.edu. Please click here to view Brittani’s vita.

Brittani McNeal is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia.