Sheriff Orval Walker Lecture Series

The Sheriff Orval Walker lecture series brings to the UALR campus distinguished scholars from around the nation and world. While the scholars will typically focus on issues of criminology/criminal justice, they will speak on a broad array of topics related to communities, health, population characteristics, and others. Orval Walker was Sherriff of Polk County, Arkansas; and a strong advocate of education and justice. This lecture series is devoted to keeping his legacy alive for future generations.

1. Marcus Felson: Dr. Marcus Felson created the criminological theory of routine activities and has been applying that theory to reducing crime for over 40 years. His central argument is that legal activities people engage in everyday creates situations where crime may occur. Dr. Felson has also spent over four decades studying neighborhood factors of crime. He is currently a profes-sor of criminology at Texas State University, and has taught at Rutgers, the University of Illinois, and the University of Stockholm. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the Univer-sity of Michigan. Professor Felson has been a guest lecturer in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Itlay, the Nether-lands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Dr. Felson has authored more than 80 professional papers and multiple books.

2. Matthew Lee: Dr. Lee’s research and teaching interests are in the broad areas of criminal violence and public health. The substance of his scholarly work lies in the areas of racial inequality, social structure and violence; cultural influences on violence; and community public health issues. He has authored more than 55 professional papers and has been awarded more than $750,000 to further his research pro-gram. His research has been published in outlets such as American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of Epidemiology, Social Science and Medicine, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Criminology, Social Forces, Social Problems, De-viant Behavior, and Justice Quarterly. Dr. Lee is currently an Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Research & Economic Development and a Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Professor Lee has been recognized as one of the top 100 re-search and creative faculty at LSU and is currently overseeing the University’s research in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

3. Frank Cullen: Dr. Cullen received his Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University in 1979. He has published over 200 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, public opinion, white-collar crime, and sexual victimization. He is author of Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory: The Emergence of a Structuring Tradition and coauthor of Reaffirming Rehabilitation, Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond, Combating Corporate Crime: Local Prosecutors at Work, Criminology, Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, and Unsafe in the Ivory Tower: The Sexual Victimization of College Women. He is a co-editor of Offender Rehabilitation: Effective Correctional Intervention, Contemporary Criminological Theory: Past to Present, Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory, The Origins of American Criminology, and Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Previously, he edited Justice Quarterly. He is a past President of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In the graduate program, he teaches Theory and Philosophy of Corrections, Early Intervention in Criminal Justice, Structural Theories of Crime, and Criminal Justice Research Practicum.

4. Jim LeBeau: James L. LeBeau is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (formerly the Center for the Study or Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections) at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His systematic and technical specialties include GIS, the geography of crime and criminal justice, mapping, spatial statistics, statistics, time and urban geography.

His research interests and publications have pertained to the geographical behaviors of rapists in general, and serial rapists in particular, in San Diego, California; mapping and assessing the spatial patterns and temporal rhythms of violence and high frequency calls for police service; the oscillation of calls for service and domestic disputes with frontal systems, heat stress, and temperature change; and the spatial-social impacts of police sting operations He directed a grant from the National Institute of Justice pertaining to demonstrating the analytical utility of GIS for policing. This grant examined new methods for visualizing spatial change; defining and analyzing hazardous areas; examining the impact of a natural disaster on the spatial patterns of demands for services; and assessing the criminality of specific places. His current research pertains to examining the etiology of crime in hotels and motels.

During the summer of 1997, Professor LeBeau was the first Visiting Fellow in National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center in the U.S. Department of Justice. Before coming to Southern Illinois University in 1985, he taught at Indiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a Ph.D. in Geography with a cognate in Criminal Justice, from Michigan State University in 1978.

5.  Sally Simpson:   Professor Simpson has been recognized as one of the top scholars in the field by the American Society of Criminology. Her research interests include corporate crime, criminological theory, and the intersection between gender, race, class, and crime. Dr. Simpson has authored more than 30 professional papers, five books, and has been awarded nearly $1 million to further her research program.

She received funding from the National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR) for a multi-site study of women’s experience of violence (WEV) conducted in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Toronto. A computerized life-event calendar was used to collect life history information on a sample of high risk women (incarcerated in jails and/or awaiting trial).

The paucity of studies that examine women’s criminal careers, particularly beyond the period of young adulthood, has made it difficult for scholars to unravel developmental pathways by gender—especially precursors of adult onset offending. To better understand when and how women first become involved in crime, Dr. Simpson and her coauthors draw from a retrospective life event calendar administered to 859 women prisoners across three sites. Sorting the women into different onset groups based on self-reports, they then examine whether there are unique predictors of early, adolescent, and adult onset status and if our results differ according to the age at which adulthood is measured.

Dr. Simpson is currently Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.S. from Oregon State University, her M.A. from Washington State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.