Current PhD Students
Darlynton Adegor is a doctoral student and research assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. He holds a master’s degree in public service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and law degrees from Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School. He has worked as a lawyer for the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Administration General and Public Trustee Department of the Enugu Ministry of Justice, the Legal Aid Community Development, and other law firms and organizations. His research interests are related to immigrants’ victimization, victims’ access to services, domestic violence and child rights, and police legitimacy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Darlynton’s Vita.
Reanetta Hunt is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Minor in Liberal Arts, and her Master’s in Education with a concentration in Learning Systems Technology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the founder and principal at HMMG Consulting, a management consulting firm that has worked extensively with foster care youth and teens and young adults who have had a juvenile justice experience. Her research includes conducting surveys and analyses on the criminal behavior of at-risk juveniles and the impact on communities and families of troubled youth. She is a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. Reanetta can be reached at email@example.com.
Arsala Khan is currently a graduate assistant and student instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Arsala received both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in History from Henderson State University. They also hold a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Their research interests include Muslim identities, black criminology, punitive attitudes and public attitudes. Arsala can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Arsala’s Vita.
Steven McCain received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Steven is currently a student instructor of undergraduate criminal justice courses while also working on his dissertation. His research interests include the relationship between civil peace and political economics, historical and comparative criminology, Constitutional law, and quantitative analysis. Steven can be reached at email@example.com. View Steven’s Vita.
Tionna S. Miller is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received both her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Much of her research interest and specialty has been within Corrections, mainly focusing on alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice, mass incarceration and re-entry. Before returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, she spent a few years doing individual and group clinical therapy sessions, with those who were formerly incarcerated. Tionna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Tionna’s Vita.
Cassidy Mitchell is a doctoral student and research assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Science (2017) in Psychology and Religion from Illinois College and Masters of Arts (2019) in Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research interests include domestic violence offending, sexual offending, and domestic violence and sexual crime victimization. Cassidy can be reached at email@example.com. View Cassidy’s Vita.
Kimbla Newsom is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology from the University of Arkansas, and M.A. in Criminal Justice from UA Little Rock. Kimbla has been working in the field of juvenile justice for over 20 years; primarily in state government agencies in Maryland, Texas, and Arkansas. Kimbla’s research interests include juvenile delinquency prevention and early intervention programs, juvenile justice policies and practices, school-to-prison pipeline, racial and ethnic disparities, and adverse childhood experiences as it relates to crime and delinquency. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kimbla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Kimbla’s Vita.
Trye Price earned his B.A. (2018) and M.A. (2020) in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Currently, Trye works as a research assistant for a program evaluation project. His research interest includes Queer Criminology, homelessness, and hate crime victimization. Trye can be reached at email@example.com. View Trye’s Vita.
Kilby Raptopoulos earned her B.A. in Political Science from Lyon College in 2004 and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock in 2008. Mrs. Raptopoulos is a former criminal probation officer and is currently an Advanced Instructor teaching full time in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Mrs. Raptopoulos’ research interests include violence and victimization, sex offenders, the media’s portrayal of victims and offenders, empathy as it intersects with criminal justice, and online pedagogy. Kilby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Kilby’s vita.
Lacey Roughton is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University in 2012. Her research interests include victimization, religion and crime, and women and crime. Lacey can be reached at email@example.com. View Lacey’s Vita.
Haley Trantham is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas (2018) and received her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently working at the Arkansas Department of Corrections for her doctoral residency. Her research interests include crime and media, sexual victimization, and policy research. Haley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Haley’s vita.
Brian Weaks is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1996 and Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2000. Brian retired from the criminal justice field after 25 years of service. In his most recent position of 18 years, he served as a Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), specializing in undercover operations and as a firearms interstate nexus expert. During Brian’s time with ATF, he also taught multiple undergraduate classes in criminal justice at Southwest Community College in Memphis, Tennessee for 4 years. Brian can be reached at email@example.com. View Brian’s vita.
Mary Wuestewald has been an Instructor of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University (Michigan) and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University (Michigan), where she served as a graduate teaching assistant. Her areas of interest include policing, the impact of media bias on the criminal justice system, and criminal psychology. She teaches the following courses: Criminology, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, Psychology and Crime, Serial Killers, Violent Offenders, and Wrongful Convictions. Mrs. Wuestewald is currently a PhD Candidate in the PhD in Criminal Justice program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Mary’s vita .
MA Graduate Assistants
Christa Page is currently a graduate assistant in the M.A. program. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2020. Her research interests include drugs use and addiction, intimate partner violence, and mental illness and crime. Christa can be reached at email@example.com. View Christa’s Vita.
Kiley West is a Master’s student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology from Arkansas Tech University in 2021. Her research interests are in looking at families and peers and their connection to crime as well how personality plays a role in crime. She is also interested in victimization. Kiley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Kiley’s Vita.