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PhD Students Defend Dissertations and Accept Post-Grad Professorships

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three doctoral candidates from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice successfully defended their dissertations. Following their graduation, all three students have accepted professorship positions at other prestigious universities across the nation.

Ieke de Vries, PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy, 2020

Dissertation

“Crime, Place, and Networks in the Age of the Internet: The Case of Online-Promoted Illicit Massage Businesses”

Research Interests

Responses to human trafficking, contextual causes of crime and deviancy, datamining and database building, computational methods

Recent Awards

Ieke received a National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship (2018-R2-CX-0005) and the 2018-2019 Outstanding Teaching Award.

Future Plans

Ieke will join Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor.

Emma Fridel, PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy, 2020

Dissertation

“A Comparison of the Individual-, County-, and State-level Correlates of Homicide and Mass Murder”

Research Interests

Homicide and suicide, individual and contextual effects on lethal violence, and quantitive methods

Recent Awards

Emma received Northeastern University’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Research.

Future Plans

Emma will join Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor.

Stuti Kokkalera, PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy, 2020

Dissertation

“Affording a Meaningful Opportunity for Release: Legal Representation for Juvenile Lifers” 

Research Interests

Discretionary release, legal decision-making, juvenile offending, mixed research methods

Recent Awards

Stuti was part of the team that received the Tier 1 Seed Grant “Reentering Lives of Juvenile Lifers.

Future Plans

Stuti will join Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor.

Congratulations to our 2020 doctoral graduates for their tremendous achievements!

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