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Alison Burke, PhD
Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2008; Master of Criminal Justice, University of Colorado at Denver; BA, Psychology, University of New Mexico
Alison S. Burke joined the Criminology Department in 2008. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and spent a year studying psychology at Oxford University. Dr. Burke earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from the University of Colorado at Denver and her Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She worked for more than five years with juvenile delinquents in medium security treatment facilities and group homes in Colorado and helped implement delinquency prevention programs in Pennsylvania. Her research interests include juvenile justice, women and crime, gender and juvenile justice, and pedagogy in higher education. She has published articles in Educational Review, Journal of Effective Teaching, Journal of Youth, Violence and Juvenile Justice, and guest edited an issue of Women & Criminal Justice.
Brian Fedorek, PhD
Professor, Department Chair
Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013; Masters of Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005; BA, Psychology, Duquesne University, 2003
Brian joined the CCJ Department in 2009. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University, with an emphasis in existential phenomenology. Brian’s Master’s and Doctorate degrees in criminology are from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Brian’s areas of interest and research include criminal violence, victimology, mass media and crime, and criminological theory. He has four children – Eva, Oliver, and twins – Everett and Violet.
David Carter, PhD
PhD, Criminal Justice University of Cincinnati, OH, 2012; MA, Criminology & Criminal Justice, East Tennessee State University, 2001; BA Criminology & Criminal Justice, East Tennessee State University, 2000
David E. Carter joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Dave served in the U.S. Army for 8 years prior to attending school. He has published works in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency in the area of life-course research, as well as in the Corrections Compendium, where he wrote about U.S. inmate populations. He also provides consultation and evaluations for correctional programs in the area of effective interventions and evidence-based programming.
Jessica Peterson, PhD
Lore Rutz-Burri, JD
JD University of Oregon, 1989; MC J (Master of Criminal Justice), University of South Carolina, 1985; BA Criminology and Political Science, Southern Oregon State College, 1982
Professor Lore Rutz-Burri is a 1982 graduate of the program and has been teaching criminology and criminal justice at SOU since 1995. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1989, Professor Rutz-Burri clerked for the Superior Court of Alaska’s Fourth Judicial District and then served five years as a deputy district attorney in Southern Oregon. Since 2015 Professor Rutz-Burri has also served as a pro tem judge in Josephine County, Oregon. She is an active member of the state and local bar associations as well as the WVD Inn of Court.
Shanell Sanchez, PhD
Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012; MA, Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BA, Criminal Justice with Sociology minor, University of Northern Colorado, 2007
Shanell Sanchez joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice department in 2016 after teaching 3 years at Colorado Mesa University. Dr. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Sociology. Her primary research and teaching interests include social inequality, social change and justice, qualitative research methods, comparative crime and justice, and race and crime.