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Current Doctoral Students

Andrew Baranauskas

Doctoral Student


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.

Monica DeLateur

Doctoral Student


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


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


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


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.

Eileen Kirk

Doctoral Student


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


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


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


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


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.

Kristen Rose

Doctoral Candidate


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Lisa Barao

Doctoral Student

Josie Cambareri

Doctoral Student

Michelle Comeau

Doctoral Candidate

Stephen Douglas

Doctoral Student

Brianne Kane

Doctoral Student

Katharina Neissl

Gerry Pezzullo

Doctoral Candidate

Todd Prough

Doctoral Candidate

Jesenia Robles

Doctoral Student

William Sharpe

Doctoral Student

Keller Sheppard

Doctoral Student

Jessica Trapasi

Doctoral Student

Riley Tucker

Maja Vlajnic

Doctoral Student

Andrea Wexler

Doctoral Student

Candence Wills

Doctoral Student

Alexis Yohros