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Department of Sociology

Kent State University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty in the Department of Sociology have diverse backgrounds that include police and police administration, juvenile justice, victimology and global security.

It is this breadth of experience that feeds the program’s focus on multi-disciplinary leadership in the field of criminology and criminal justice. All faculty members are full-time faculty who are highly trained all of whom have a doctoral degree and professional experience, ensuring the highest quality educational experience.

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Faculty Bios


Allen Lowery

alowery5@kent.edu
330-672-7898
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

After service in the U.S. Army, Allen Lowery was certified as a law enforcement officer in Ohio, eventually serving as a street officer, detective, and undercover narcotics investigator. Allen also gained criminal justice experience as a deputy sheriff and a certified law enforcement academy instructor.

Dr. Lowery earned an Associate Degree in law enforcement from Tiffin University, a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Findlay, an M.B.A. from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University with concentrations in Criminology/Deviant Behavior and Social Psychology. While in graduate school Allen also gained considerable experience in research methodology and statistical analysis. Additionally, Dr. Lowery had the opportunity to spend a week with Steve Gottlieb of the Alpha Group studying crime analysis.

Dr. Lowery has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level, served on several master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation committees, and developed courses and programs for several colleges and universities. He has experience instructing in seated, blended, hybrid and online environments.

Allen is currently an adjunct member of the criminal justice faculty of Kent State University, Ashland University, and Kaplan University, has past experience as a graduate faculty member with Troy University, and has served as faculty at Rhodes State College, Tiffin University, the University of Findlay, and Georgia State University. Allen has also served in the academic leadership positions of Regional Director, Site Director, Associate Dean, Dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Additionally, he has participated in four accreditation or reaccreditation visits involving team visits from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Colleges and School, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Christopher Dum

cdum@kent.edu
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education

Ph.D. University of Albany, 2014


David Kessler

Associate Professor
dkessler@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

David Kessler received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Political Science with a dissertation on Police administration. He became involved in the Justice System when he was hired by the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department to work on the Response Time Analysis Study. He worked for the Houston Police Department Operations Analysis unit from 1983 to 1990. He is currently an associate professor at Kent State University in Sociology and teaches courses in Justice Administration, Contemporary Policing, and Research Methods and Statistics. He has supervised numerous Master’s research papers, and seven dissertations to completion. His research interest is in police administration and research methods. He has published in numerous journals including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Education

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University, 1989


Hedi Nasheri

Professor and Program Coordinator
hnasheri@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Hedi Nasheri is a Professor and the Program Coordinator of Criminology and Justice Studies in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Turku Law School in Finland. Professor Nasheri has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice. She was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Professor Nasheri has been appointed as a Fellow at Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Business Executives for National Security in Washington D.C. She has written and lectured extensively in the areas of law and transnational crimes and has given a number of invited keynote lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of policy and intellectual property related topics. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in United Kingdom and is a recipient of several international awards and grants, including a grant from the United States Department of Justice for studying issues related to intellectual property violations and a grant from the State Department of the United States for studying issues related to technology and intellectual property crimes in Eastern and Central Europe. Professor Nasheri is the author of five books, including Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying (Cambridge University Press), Crime and Justice in the Age of Court TV and Betrayal of Due Process, as well as numerous articles and monographs. Her research has been cited by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvement, the Australian Parliament, the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal, the United Nations’ Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the South African Law Commission, and the United States Code, Annotated. Professor Nasheri serves on the Scientific Committee of Technology Against Crime Forum and serves on the International Working Group on the Cyber Security and the Law, under the patronage of the Interpol and the French Minister of the Interior She served as an editor and serves on the editorial board of several of international journals. She served as the Chair of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


Julie Globokar

Assistant Professor
jglobokar@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education

Ph.D., 2011–University of Illinois at Chicago, Criminology, Law, and Justice
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Criminal Justice
B.A., University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Psychology

Publications Globokar, J.L., Erez, E., & Gregory, C.R. (2016) Beyond advocacy: Mapping the contours of victim work. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online May 25, 2016. Print forthcoming.
Erez, E., Globokar, J.L., & Ibarra, P.R. (2014). Outsiders inside: Victim management in an era of participatory reforms. International Review of Victimology, 20(1), 169-188.
Globokar, J.L. (Forthcoming). Chicago’s Conservative Vice Lords: 1967-1971. Arcadia Publishing.


Justin K. Canfil

Adjunct Professor
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Justin Key Canfil teaches and researches topics in public law, political violence, and national security. In addition to his position at Kent State University he is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University.

Prior to his academic career, Justin worked as an international affairs and political professional. He has held a public policy fellowship in the United States Congress, served as an operative on several political campaigns, co-coordinated a White House ONDCP-DFC educational grant, and managed Track II/public diplomatic programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State at the Council on World Affairs.

Education
PhD, Columbia University (in progress)
MPhil, Columbia University 2017
MA, Columbia University 2015
Visiting Student, University of Oxford 2010
BA, Ohio State University, 2010, summa cum laude


Ling Wu

Assistant Professor
lwu18@kent.edu
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, U.S.
LL.M. International and Comparative Law, Uppsala University, Sweden
M.A. Legal Philosophy, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China


Norman Rose

Assistant Professor
nrose@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education

ABD, Case Western Reserve University, American History
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Sociology
M.A., Kent State University, Applied Sociology
B.A., Marietta College, Psychology


Pamela Tontodonato

Associate Professor
ptontodo@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Pamela Tontodonato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Criminology. Currently a faculty member, she previously served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as interim chair and undergraduate and graduate coordinator for the Department of Justice Studies. In 2007, she received the Raymond J. Kuhn and Shirley J. Kuhn Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award and in 2006, the Student Accessibility Services and Ability Unlimited Outstanding Faculty award. She has served as a Trustee on the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Recent publications include works in the area of criminological theory and criminal justice education. She has published in journals including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Violence and Victims, the International Review of Victimology, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She was one of the authors of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Assessment web pages.

Education
PhD, 1986, University of Pennsylvania: Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology
A.M, 1982, University of Pennsylvania: Master of Arts in Criminology, Department of Sociology
B.A., 1981, University of Maryland (College Park): Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminology


Susan Kunkle

Assistant Professor
skunkle@kent.edu
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education

Ph.D. Kent State University, 2011


Valerie J. Callanan

Professor
vcallana@kent.edu
330-672-7877 Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. Callanan earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Riverside in 2001. Her academic research interests focus on media portrayals of crime and the criminal justice system, punitive attitudes, fear of crime, and suicide. She is the author of Feeding the Fear of Crime (2005). Recent works have been published in Deviant Behavior, Policing & Society and Sociological Perspectives.


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