In the criminal justice degree programs, you’ll take courses that help you understand the theoretical and methodological roots of contemporary criminological inquiry. You’ll also take applied courses in criminal justice.
I am a Full Professor and Current Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice. I received my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and my M.Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University in England. I primarily research prison violence and recidivism and the intersectionality of gender and race/ethnicity with criminal offending. Having lived and researched criminal justice outside the United States, I also teach Comparative Criminal Justice which provides students with a good contrast of the US. to other countries and prepares them for current issues with transnational crime. Prior to getting my Ph.D., I worked in aviation security and as a legal assistant for a private law firm.
PhD, Ohio State University
I am basically a Spokane native. I retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement. I spent 10 years on patrol and 20 years as a detective. During that time, I was fortunate enough to work on all types of crimes from property crimes to homicide. I obtained my Doctorate from Gonzaga University prior to retiring. Additionally, I taught as an adjunct many years ago with EWU, then as 1/2-time faculty at Gonzaga University for a total of 12 years during my LE career. Once I retired, I knew that teaching was my new calling. I taught at Washburn University in Topeka, KS for 4 years prior to coming to EWU.
I believe that my experiences and education allow me to impart some measure of real-life into my courses. Law enforcement is not for everyone as a career, but I feel it is very important for everyone to be educated on policing since we live in a society that has a social contract that provides police with certain abilities. I will leave you with this:
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
― Abraham Lincoln