Criminology Research Center


Wendy C. Regoeczi received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2001. She joined Cleveland State University's Department of Sociology in 2000.  Her research interests include homicide, violent crime, domestic violence, and criminal investigation. She is co-author (with Terance Miethe) of Rethinking Homicide: Exploring the Structure and Process Underlying Deadly Situations, published by Cambridge University Press.
Photo not available Elizabeth A. Babin received her Ph.D from Arizona State University in 2009. Dr. Babin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and her research examines the intersections of relational communication and health. She has published articles that examine communication-related risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence involvement and communication practices among advocates in domestic violence shelters. Dr. Babin also conducts research on health and caregiving, sexual communication, and sexual health issues. In addition, Dr. Babin is a trained Mediator and has mediated justice court cases in the past. She teaches courses on interpersonal communication, family communication, research methods, and health communication.
James J. Chriss received his Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He joined the faculty in 1999 after spending four years at Kansas Newman University where he developed their Criminal Justice Studies major. His main areas of interest are sociological and criminological theory, policing, law, juvenile delinquency, and the criminal justice system. His latest book is Social Control: An Introduction (Polity, 2007). A book on policing is forthcoming and titled Beyond Community Policing: From the Wild West to 9/11 (Paradigm Publishers).
Ronnie Dunn is an assistant professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University and alumni of the CSU Sociology Department. His research and teaching interests primarily focus on issues affecting minorities and the urban poor, with a particularly emphasis on issues related to race, crime, and the criminal justice system. His research on racial profiling appears in the Urban Studies textbook, "The 21st Century American City: Race, Ethnicity and Multicultural Urban Life," and in the journal Public Performance & Management Review. This research led to the use of traffic cameras and an increase in the speed limit on 34 city streets in the city of Cleveland in order to reduce racial bias in traffic enforcement.
Miyuki Fukushima Tedor received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 2009. She joined Cleveland State University's Department of Sociology and Criminology in the fall of 2009. Her research focuses on testing theories of crime at the micro level, both across gender and across nation, specifically between Japan and the U.S. Using theories of crime, she has examined deviant behaviors among youth, including alcohol and drug use and academic cheating.
Dana J. Hubbard received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. She joined the Cleveland State faculty in 2003. Her research interests include women/girls involved in the correctional system. She has conducted evaluation-based research as well as traditional criminological research in the areas of crime and corrections. She also serves as a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections and has written a training curriculum for practitioners who work with delinquent girls. She has received several grants and has published articles in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, and the Prison Journal.
Stephanie L. Kent received her PhD in Sociology from the Ohio State University in 2005. She was on the faculty in Sociology at the University of Nevada , Las Vegas from 2005-2007. Her research focuses on the quantitative study of social control at macro levels of analysis. Drawing primarily on insights derived from conflict theories, she has examined the determinants of death sentences, executions, police force size, violence by and against the police, and interracial homicide. Recent articles have appeared in Social Problems, the American Sociological Review, and Criminology. She enjoys teaching Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Research Methods.
Teresa C. LaGrange received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1996, and joined the Department of Sociology at Cleveland State University the same year. Her research has focused primarily on contemporary theories of crime and delinquency, and police practices in handling mentally ill offenders. Her articles have been published in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and The Canadian Journal of Sociology.
Christopher A. Mallett teaches research methods, statistics, program evaluation, and mental health policy graduate and undergraduate courses in Cleveland State University's School of Social Work. He is licensed in Ohio as an independent social worker and attorney, and conducts trainings nationwide for juvenile court judges and other court personnel on disability law and juvenile delinquency. His research and scholarship focuses on children and adolescents with certain disabilities and their involvement with juvenile courts; specifically the impact that mental health disorders, substance abuse, special education disabilities, and trauma/maltreatment victimization have on delinquency and crime.  He has published over 35 research papers, book chapters, and law reviews, as well as a textbook (Linking disorders to delinquency: Treating high-risk youth in the juvenile justice system) on these topics. Before academe, Dr. Mallett worked for over a decade with at-risk children/adolescents and their families in Ohio, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In addition, he had assisted in the resettlement of refugees/asylees and their families to this country, performed vocational counseling and job placement with numerous different populations, and was a marketing director and sales representative for two different companies.
Photo not available Jill E. Rudd received her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Rudd is a professor of communication and has done extensive work in aggressive communication and violence. She has received several grants examining the role of aggression among incarcerated mothers, domestic violence victims and offenders, and in family violence. In addition, Dr. Rudd's research extends her study in conflict resolution in intercultural negotiations. She has written over 70 papers and journal articles and recently coauthored a book examining the role of communication and negotiation. Dr. Rudd has served on a variety of boards, including the State of Ohio Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Commission, National Institute of Justice Research and Evaluation Consultant, U.S. Federal Department of Homeland Security, and the Cleveland Mediation Center.
Patricia Stoddard Dare earned her PhD from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. She is also a former Mental Health Services Research Fellow for the National Institute of Mental Health. She joined the faculty in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in 2006. In addition to teaching courses in program evaluation, research methods, and substance abuse, Dr. Stoddard Dare is the Co-Coordinator of the Chemical Dependency Certificate Program. She has published many articles pertaining to the intersection of juvenile delinquency and gender, race, child abuse, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, and educational disabilities.
Valerie Wright Valerie L. Wright earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University in 2009 and joined the Department of Sociology at Cleveland State University in 2012. She has a diverse background in research, policy evaluation, advocacy, and teaching. In addition, she has worked in corrections with both adults and juvenile offenders. Her research interests include race and gender disparities in the criminal justice system, sentencing policy, and the effects of mass incarceration. Her most recent publication is a book titled Could Quicker Executions Deter Homicides which examines whether long waits on death row have implications for the deterrent value of capital punishment.