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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Doctoral Students

Nick Blasco

Education:
M.S. 2012, Shippensburg University, Administration of Justice
B.S. 2010, Shippensburg University, Criminal Justice

Email:
blascon@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Biosocial theory and crime, restorative justice, juvenile justice

Hunter Boehme

Education:
M.A. 2012, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.S. 2011, Pfeiffer University, Criminal Justice

Email:
boehme@email.sc.edu

Office:
205B, Currell College

Research Interests:
Hate crimes, terrorism, drug crimes, and policing

Corey Burton

Research Assistant 

Education:
M.S. 2012, University of Louisville, Justice Administration
B.A. 2007, University of Louisville, Political Science

Email:
burtoncd@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Death penalty, criminal procedure, law enforcement


 Selected Publications 

Burton, C. D. & Burrow, J. D. (2015). How long must we wait? Lackey claims, excessive delay, and evolving standards of decency. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 26, 620-638.

Hughes, T. & Burton, C. (2013). Police GPS surveillance on vehicles and the warrant requirement: 'For a while I've been watching steady.' American Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 535-550.

Kelsey Collins

Education:
B.A. 2015, Saint Mary's College, Sociology

Email:
kelseymc@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Rehabilitation programs within the criminal justice system, restorative justice, and juvenile delinquency

Jamie Duncan

Education:
M.S. 2012, Appalachian State University, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.S. 2010, Appalachian State University, Political Science/Pre-Law

Email:
duncan26@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
War on drugs, criminal courts/procedure, criminological theory

Matilda Foster

Education:
M.P.A. 2007, North Georgia College and State University, Law Enforcement Administration
B.S. 2006, North Georgia College and State University, Criminal Justice

Email:
fosterm5@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Offender reintegration, alternatives to incarceration, police issues

Brian Fuleihan

Education:
M.S. 2009, Appalachian State University, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.S.W. 2004, Appalachian State University, Social Work

Email:
fuleihan@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Relationship between drugs and crime, drug courts, drug treatment and rehabilitation, integration and reintegration of criminal offenders, and barriers to reentry

Curriculum vitae:
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Before arriving in Columbia in 2010, Mr. Fuleihan worked for several years as the administrative director of an outpatient substance abuse treatment center that targeted criminal offenders with drug and alcohol problems. He is currently in the final phase of his dissertation, which is a case study of a juvenile drug court program in a large Southeastern city. In addition, he is assisting in the analysis of depictions of drug and alcohol use in hundreds of popular feature films shown in the U.S. during the last 2 decades. Mr. Fuleihan is actively involved in volunteer work, and serves on the board of directors of a long-term therapeutic community (treatment center) near Asheville, NC.


 Selected Publications 

Sevigny, E. & Fuleihan, B. (under review).  Measurement and design challenges in the measurement of drugs and crime. In H. Brownstein (Ed.), Wiley Handbook on Drugs and Crime. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Sevigny, E., Fuleihan, B. & Ferdik, F. (2013). Do drug courts reduce the use of incarceration? A meta-analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(6), 416-425.

Murphy, D., Fuleihan, B., Richards, S. & Jones, R. (2011).  The electronic “scarlet letter:” Criminal Backgrounding and a perpetual spoiled identity. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 5(3), 101=118.

Jon Gist

Education:
M.S. 2013, Shippensburg University, Administration of Justice
B.S. 2010, Shippensburg University, Criminal Justice

Email:
jgist@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Juvenile delinquency

Siying Guo

Teaching Assistant 

Education:
M.A. 2013, University of Macau
B.S. 2011, Fuzhou University

Email:
sguo@email.sc.edu

Office:
116, Currell College

Research Interests:
Juvenile delinquency/antisocial behavior, developmental/life course criminology, religiosity and crime, quantitative methods, criminological theory


 Selected Publications 

Guo, S. (forthcoming). A meta-nalysis of the predictors of cyberbullying and victimization. Psychology in Schools.

Amanda Huffman

Education:
M.A. 2010, Appalachian State University, Political Science
B.S. 2004, Liberty University, Social Science

Email:
huffmaa2@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Institutional corrections, reentry, comparative and international criminal justice systems, sentencing

Kwang Hyun Ra

Education:
M.A. 2012, Dongguk University, Criminology
B.S. 2010, Dongguk University, Police Studies

Email:
kr1@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Policing, juvenile delinquency, criminal policy

Curriculum vitae:
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Travis Jones

Education:
M.A. 2011, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.A. 2009, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Email:
jonestw@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Drugs and crime, sentencing

Sarah King

Teaching Assistant 

Education:
M.A. 2015, University of Central Florida, Sociology
B.A. 2013, University of Central Florida, Sociology

Email:
sk3@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Corrections and reentry

Peter Leasure

Education:
J.D. 2013, New England School of Law
B.S. 2009, Ohio Dominican University, Criminal Justice

Email:
pleasure@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Experimental design research methods, collateral consequences of conviction, collateral consequences relief mechanisms, race and the criminal justice system, bribery, money laundering, voluntary disclosure, and corporate compliance


 Selected Publications 
Leasure, P. (Forthcoming). Asset recovery in corruption cases: Comparative analysis identifies serious flaws in U.S. tracing procedure. Journal of Money Laundering Control.

Leasure, P. (Forthcoming). Embracing fragility in our data: A cautionary example from research on the FCPA and voluntary disclosure. Journal of Financial Crime.

Leasure, P. (Forthcoming). To disclose or not to disclose? Revisiting the FCPA with improved statistical analysis provides a better answer to this illusive question. Journal of Financial Crime.

Tara Martin

Education:
M.A. 2014, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.S. 2012, College of William & Mary, Psychology

Email:
marti687@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Victimization, biosocial criminology, community context, and research methods and statistics

Curriculum vitae:
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Kyle McLean

Research Assistant

Education:
M.A. 2014, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.S. 2012, Appalachian State University, Criminal Justice

Email:
mcleank@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Criminological theory, policing, perceptions of crime and justice

Curriculum vitae:
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Google Scholar Page:
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aBOUwG8AAAAJ&hl=en

Kyle McLean is a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. He received his master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. His research interests are in criminological theory, policing, and perceptions of crime and justice. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Selected Publications 

McLean, K. (Forthcoming). Ethnic identity, procedural justice, and offending: Does procedural justice work the same for everyone? Crime & Delinquency. DOI: 10.1177/0011128715620429.

McLean, K. & Wolfe, S. E. (Forthcoming). A sense of injustice loosens the moral bind of law: Specifying the links between procedural injustice, neutralizations, and offending. Criminal Justice and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/0093854815609655.

Toniqua Mikell

Education:
M.A. 2014, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.A. 2012, Winthrop University, Political Science

Email:
mikelltc@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Crime and masculinity, law and justice, race/culture and crime, reentry

Matthew Moosbrugger

Education:
M.S. 1994, Georgia Tech, Civil engineering
B.S. 1990, The Citadel, Civil engineering

Email:
moosbrum@email.sc.edu

Heather Ouellette

Education:
M.A. 2011, University of South Carolina, Criminology and Criminal Justice
B.A. 2008, University of Maine at Preque Isle, Criminal Justice and Sociology

Email:
ouelleth@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Correctional treatment, correctional policy, reentry

Yeoju Park

Education:
M.S. 2015, Georgia State University, Criminal Justice and Criminology
B.A. 2006, Dong-Eui University, Law and Police Science

Email:
ypark@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
The impact of criminal victimization on mental health and juvenile delinquency; the role of family structure on juvenile crime; juvenile justice system; social change, juvenile delinquency, and policing in Korea; measurement and method

Curriculum vitae:
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Jonathan Thompson

Education:
M.A. 2015, University of South Carolina
B.A. 2013, University of South Carolina Aiken

Email:
thompsje@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Intersectionality and inequality; gender, masculinities, and sexualities; feminist studies and gender theory; strian-crime process; gender and crime; violence

Alli Willingham

Education:
M.S. 2012, Eastern Kentucky University, Criminal Justice
B.S. 2010, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Criminal Justice

Email:
willinab@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
Ethnographic research, cultural criminology, queer criminology, domestic violence, animal cruelty, gender and organized crime

Alli Willingham is a third-year Ph.D. student who has taught several courses, including Research Methods, Corrections, and Introduction to Criminal Justice. She was the first ever undergraduate teaching assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has since taught at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of South Carolina. As a masters student, Alli interned at the Kentucky Innocence Project, where she worked to help exonerate wrongfully convicted offenders. During her graduate career, she has presented her own ethnographic research at multiple conferences, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Alli currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina and teaches part-time for USC's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Gary Zhang

Education:
M.S. 2013, Michigan State University, Law Enforcement
B.A. 2011, North Carolina State University, Criminology

Email:
gzhang@email.sc.edu

Research Interests:
School safety, crime prevention, and environmental criminology


 

Selected Publications 

Leasure, P. & Zhang, G. (2017). "That's how they taught us to do it": Learned deviance and inadequate deterrents in retail banking. Deviant Behavior. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2017.1286179

Sevigny, E.L., & Zhang, G. (2016). Do Barriers to Crime Prevention Moderate the Effects of Situational Crime Prevention Policies on Violent Crime in High Schools? Journal of School Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/15388220.2016.1275657