Current Doctoral Students

Andrew Baranauskas

Doctoral Student

a.baranauskas@neu.edu

Andrew J. Baranauskas received his B.S. in Criminal Justice as well as his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Andrew also earned graduate certificates in Forensic Criminology and Victim Studies from UMass Lowell. Andrew’s research interests include media and crime, the social construction of crime by the media, perceptions of crime, neighborhoods and crime, and vigilantism. He is particularly interested in the ways that the media influence the way that people think about crime. His current research examines the ways that the media depict neighborhood crime. Andrew has presented his research at professional conferences held by the American Society of Criminology and the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. Andrew has a professional interests in security control, having worked in security control centers for a Fortune 500 company as well as a number of historic museums.

Kate Melody Burmon

Doctoral Candidate

burmon.k@husky.neu.edu

Kate primarily studies art crime, with an emphasis on art theft and archaeological looting. Her dissertation is on patterns of art theft and stolen art recovery in the United States. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University in the History of Art, with area specialties in Ancient Greek and Roman Art and Islamic Art. She also earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Her other research interests include terrorism, international crime, and corruption. She has experience teaching courses on criminological theory and art crime.

Rebecca Cudmore

Doctoral Candidate

cudmore.r@husky.neu.edu

Rebecca Cudmore graduated with a Master’s degree in Forensic and Counseling Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in 2011. She is currently a doctoral candidate and undergraduate instructor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her primary policy and research interests are in the area of violence and victimization, with a specific focus on sexual offending, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Rebecca’s recent publications include manuscripts in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Monica DeLateur

Doctoral Student

delateur.m@husky.neu.edu

Monica J. DeLateur is a dual-degree Ph.D./J.D. student at Northeastern University. Her research interests revolve around the intersection of law and criminology. She is particularly interested in sentencing differences, including the influence of public opinion and social context theories of sentencing, and has focused her dissertation research on the predictors of sentencing in federal human trafficking cases. She recently published an article in Santa Clara Law Review that presents a case analysis to examine the possibility of charging third-party websites with federal conspiracy to commit human trafficking. Monica has completed legal internships with Chief Judge Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Appeals Division, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Human Trafficking Unit. She received her Master of Science in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, where her thesis explored the influence of procedural justice on completion of drug court treatment, and her BA in Psychology from UCLA.

Ieke de Vries

Doctoral Student

vries.i@husky.neu.edu

Ieke de Vries has an interdisciplinary academic background in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (Bsc, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Conflict Studies and Human Rights (MA, Utrecht University Nijmegen, The Netherlands). As part of her studies she has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on security and crime in challenging environments, which included fieldwork in Chile and in Jordan. She has experience as an intern at the International Organization for Migration in Amman (Jordan) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in The Hague (The Netherlands) and as a consultant for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). She worked as a researcher for the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings for more than three years before she joined the PHD program at Northeastern University. She contributed to several publications and presentations for the Dutch Rapporteur. At Northeastern she works closely with Professor Amy Farrell on research into human trafficking and is currently involved in the Child Welfare Trafficking Grant. Her own research agenda includes labor trafficking in the US, the role of the private sector in human trafficking and human trafficking victimization.

Chelsea Farrell

Doctoral Student

farrell.che@husky.neu.edu

Chelsea Farrell earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Justice studies from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an undergraduate Chelsea received funding to work on a project that assessed the impact of a critical service-learning project on girls in Juvenile Justice Services. Chelsea’s current research interests include juvenile justice and communities and crime.

Emma Fridel

Doctoral Student

fridel.e@husky.neu.edu

Emma E. Fridel graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a B.S. in biology, a B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese concentration), and a minor in Spanish. She has spent extensive time abroad under the Critical Language Scholarship in Beijing and the Fulbright Scholarship’s English Teaching Assistant program in Yilan, Taiwan. She also has three years of experience researching the neurobiological underpinnings of vocal learning in songbirds in Dr. Erich Jarvis’ lab. Hoping to apply her diverse array of interests to the criminology and criminal justice worlds, Emma works closely with Dr. James Alan Fox on serial and mass murder. Her research interests include atypical homicide, pedophilia, sex crimes, paraphilia, psychopathy, and biosocial theories of crime.

David Squier Jones

Doctoral Student

jones.david1@husky.neu.edu

David Squier Jones is a doctoral student at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. As a former deputy sheriff in California and police officer in Minnesota, he remains interested in policing, especially with regard to police culture and legitimacy. Currently, he is comparing police practices between an American city and a European city for a forthcoming book chapter. Other research interests include homicide and serious violence, collective efficacy, social network analysis, and group violence intervention. Mr. Jones’ publications appear in Policing and Society, The Qualitative Report, The Police Chief, Minneapolis Star Tribune and a forthcoming volume of the Eurogang program of research. In addition to his previous experience as a peace officer, Mr. Jones worked in legal publishing and as a researcher for the Center for Homicide Research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Metropolitan State University.

Eileen Kirk

Doctoral Student

harrington.e@husky.neu.edu

Eileen Kirk’s current research interests include recidivism and reentry, specifically the role of service organizations in reentry. Prior to her studies, Eileen was the Director of Reporting and Evaluation at Community Servings. Eileen has over a decade of experience in the non-profit and governmental sector, specifically in the area of quality management and evaluation. Eileen earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College and an MPA from Suffolk University.

Stuti Kokkalera

Doctoral Student

kokkalera.s@husky.neu.edu

Stuti has an integrated degree in arts and laws [B.A, LL.B (Hons.)] from Gujarat National Law University in India, and is licensed to practice there. She also has a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Stuti was the co-lead researcher for a project undertaken by the Center for Women and the Law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. She has also worked as a researcher for a non-profit in the DC area, as a graduate research assistant at Georgetown Law and as a consultant-researcher for a juvenile justice practitioner in India. She is interested in how laws are used to prevent and address crime. As an extension of that, her primary research interest is juvenile justice policies and their implementation.

Mackenzie Kushner

Doctoral Student

kushner.m@husky.neu.edu

Mackenzie Kushner graduated from the University of Florida with a B. A. in Criminology, a B. A. in Anthropology, and minors in History and Geography. As an undergraduate, Mackenzie was the primary researcher on a project assessing the relationship between Social Learning Theory, mental health, and sexually deviant behavior. She also spent time as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Jodi Lane and as a teaching assistant for Dr. Marvin Krohn. Mackenzie’s current research interests include crime causation and violent crime, and the interaction between the individual and the larger community.

Misha McDonald

mcdonald.mis@husky.neu.edu

Misha McDonald received a B.A. in International Relations, with a minor in Criminology, and a M.A. in International Relations with a focus in Sustainable Development from St. Mary's University. Her research interests focus on the consequences of mass incarceration, particularly in disadvantaged urban communities. Her academic and professional experience previously concentrated on economic development in middle and low-income countries. Before joining Northeastern, Misha served as an Economic Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she tracked economic opportunities and risks in the environmental, science, technology and health sector. Misha also worked at a rural development agency in Bangladesh and as a grant writer at the public housing authority in San Antonio, Texas. At Northeastern, Misha has helped collect data on Correctional Officer stress levels and currently serves as a Research Assistant for a NIJ funded study of Latino victimization. Upon graduation, Misha hopes to do policy work at the federal level. Misha serves as President of Northeastern's graduate Criminology and Criminal Justice association.

Eric Rodriguez-Whitney

Doctoral Student

rodriguez-whitney.e@husky.neu.edu

Eric Rodriguez-Whitney holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and law, and recently received his master’s in social and political philosophy from Boston College, where his research focused on the intersection of law, civil society, and political power in democratic contexts. He is interested in the ways in which the sociopolitical disenfranchisement of racially and economically oppressed groups relates to criminal behavior, and the extent to which social and political participation is effected by criminal justice outcomes, particularly; the consequences of mass incarceration on the social capital of disadvantaged communities; police legitimacy and legal cynicism; and the comparative social benefits of punitive and rehabilitative measures.

Myunghoon Roh

Doctoral Candidate

roh.m@husky.neu.edu

Myunghoon Roh, a former platoon leader for the South Korean Army, received his Masters of Art in Public Administration from Brown University in 2009. During his time at Brown, Myunghoon focused his studies on national security policy. As a research fellow for the summer 2014, Myunghoon’s research focused on the comparison of adolescents living in the United States and Ireland under the direction of Dr. Ineke Marshall. Testing several criminological theories, he examined whether the theories can be generalizable between adolescents who are living in two different countries. Myunghoon’s dissertation topic will be an extension of this project. Using ISRD-2 data, his research will analyze how several criminological theories can be generalizable among adolescents living in over 31 countries, including those in Europe, North America, and South America. Areas of interest: criminological theory, adolescent crime and delinquency, comparative criminology, quantitative methods, and statistics.

Kristen Rose

Doctoral Candidate

rose.kr@husky.neu.edu

Kristin Rose received her M.A. in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research interests include correctional programming, the collateral consequences of incarceration, and gender issues. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, as well as Crime Law and Social Change.

Laura Siller

Doctoral Student

l.siller@neu.edu

Laura Siller received her Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the administration of justice particularly as it relates to violence against women. Specifically, Laura is interested in how sexual assault cases are processed through the criminal justice system. She presently works as a Research Associate on two separate National Institute of Justice-funded research studies examining the characteristics and correlates of sexual assault case attrition.

Stacie St. Louis

Doctoral Student

st.louis.s@husky.neu.edu

Stacie St. Louis received her B.A. in both Legal Studies and Theater from UMass Amherst in 2015. During her time at UMass, she also received a Sociology minor and a Criminal Justice certificate. This past August, she graduated with her M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice here at Northeastern University. Stacie has spent much of her academic career studying capital punishment, but looks forward to expanding on her interests during her time as a doctoral student. Finally, she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects; most notable is a correctional officer stress study where she was able to travel to seven different Massachusetts prisons and conduct hour long interviews of over fifty officers.

Beck Strah

Doctoral Student

strah.b@husky.neu.edu

Beck Strah received his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to his doctoral work, Beck was employed as a Corrections Deputy in Snohomish County, Washington. Beck’s current research interests include corrections, recidivism, training evaluation, masculinity and crime, and risk assessment.

Sema Taheri

Doctoral Candidate

taheri.s@husky.neu.edu

Sema earned both her B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on Crime and Justice, and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to her doctoral studies, Sema worked closely with the Cook County Sheriff’s office on a number of projects, including evaluations of correctional drug treatment programming, and analyses of trends in the jail population. Her research focus is on evidence-based programming and policy within agencies in the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in the diffusion of knowledge through researcher-practitioner partnerships, and the effects of these partnerships on decision-making. Sema is currently engaged in research with local police and corrections departments, examining ways in which these organizations allocate limited resources.

Matthew Teti

Doctoral Student

teti.m@husky.neu.edu

Matthew Teti earned his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Justice Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia. As an undergraduate Matthew worked on a project that evaluated a juvenile diversion program implemented by the Philadelphia Police Department seeking to simultaneously prevent delinquency, while curbing the harmful effects of the school-to-prison pipeline. Matthew’s current research interests include police program evaluations and police-community relations.

Russell Wolff

Doctoral Candidate

r.wolff@neu.edu

Russell's research interests include police organizations and management, interorganizational partnerships, youth and gang violence prevention, and criminological and criminal justice theory. Russell’s dissertation examines the meaning and practice of partnership in the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts. He was a senior research associate at the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research at Northeastern, and, before moving to the Boston area, a researcher at the Institute for Race and Justice in Alexandria, VA. He earned a Master’s degree in Justice, Law & Society from the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, DC. Russell is a native of New Jersey.

Steven Zane

Doctoral Student

zane.s@husky.neu.edu

Steven grew up in San Rafael, California. After graduating with honors in philosophy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, he attended Boston College law school. There, he served as Managing Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review and earned a commencement award for his editorial work. Steven practiced law at a litigation firm in Boston before returning to academia to pursue a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His current research interests include evidence-based crime policy, law and social control, judicial decision-making, juvenile transfer policy, and the intersection of social science and law.

George Williams

Doctoral Candidate

williams.g@husky.neu.edu

After graduating from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism he served 5 years as an Air Force Officer in Alaska, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Following the Air Force he spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Nome, Alaska where he worked as the Rock Show DJ and Features Editor for KNOM radio. He returned to Boston in 1985 and graduated a year later from the Northeastern University Paramedic Program. He joined the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) in l987 and has worked in Jamaica and Brazil. He is a 1997 graduate of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and the BC Graduate School of Social Work. A Jesuit priest now, he is the Catholic Chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California. He enjoys his work, especially ministering to the 750 men on California’s Death Row. He has been working as a prison chaplain for 23 years. His dissertation looks at how spirituality helps correctional officers cope with job stress and avoid burnout.

Lisa Barao

Doctoral Student

Michelle Comeau

Doctoral Candidate

Laura Hultquist

Doctoral Student

Paul Joyce

Doctoral Candidate

Gerry Pezzullo

Doctoral Candidate

Todd Prough

Doctoral Candidate

William Sharpe

Doctoral Student

Maja Vlajnic

Doctoral Student