Faculty Research Interests

Although most MA students are on the “non-thesis” track, a few outstanding students do a thesis or other research after demonstrating excellence in statistics, research methods, and writing. This research will very closely conform to the research of one of the following faculty members. If you are interested in working with one or more of these faculty members, please contact the faculty member to learn more about their research and how you might be able to collaborate on research related to the faculty member’s area of expertise. The faculty member will determine if they are able to take you on as a student.


For general information, contact the graduate director, Dr. Monica Miller at mkmiller@unr.edu


Emmanuel Barthe, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department.  His interests are in situational crime prevention, CPTED, and policing related issues.  Specifically, Dr. Barthe’s focus is on crime prevention program evaluation and the impact of policing on crime and disorder.  Dr. Barthe understands police data, knows how to manipulate police databases using SPSS syntax, and uses GIS (ArcMap) for spatial analyses. 

Dr. Barthe’s email is: epbarthe@unr.edu


Timothy “Skip” Griffin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. His research emphases include crime control policies, the AMBER Alert system, the social construction of crime and justice, and criminal case processing. He is currently developing a new dataset for the most comprehensive examination of the AMBER Alert program to date. He is also currently developing a dataset to examine the prevalence and nature of "Black Swan" homicides—rare but shocking murders that so powerfully impact criminal justice policy.

Dr. Griffin’s email is: tgriffin@unr.edu


Jennifer Lanterman, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice department. Dr. Jennifer Lanterman’s research interests include the etiology, prevention, and management of violence; the emotional and physical well-being of law enforcement officers; and innovation and evidence-based practice in corrections. She also has experience with research on sentencing and system-involved veterans. Dr. Lanterman is well-versed in primary and secondary data collection, survey methodology, and has experience with the Chronological Assessment of Suicidal Events method. She is experienced in quantitative analysis, has a working knowledge of qualitative analysis, and believes in the importance of multi-methodology.

Dr. Lanterman’s email is: jlanterman@unr.edu


Susan Lentz, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. Susan received her J.D. from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research emphasizes integrating historical knowledge of and research on law and gender issues and feminist legal theory with contemporary justice policy. Her research interests also focus on criminal justice history and contemporary constitutional and ethical issues in law and justice. Most recently, she has been researching contemporary caselaw in regard to the impacts of rape law reform, particularly on the definitions of force and consent.

Dr. Lentz’s email is: lentz@unr.edu


Matt Leone, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. His areas of specialization include corrections and community based corrections, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, and white collar crime. Recently, Dr. Leone has begun research projects in two new areas. The first examines the experiences and stressors encountered by Crime Scene Investigators; and the second involves a detailed analysis of Nevada sentencing data from 2007 to present, examining the impact of offender demographics and judge characteristics on the type and length of the sentence received.

Dr. Leone’s email is: mleone@unr.edu


Monica K. Miller, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with a split appointment between the Criminal Justice Department and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Criminal Justice Department.  Her main interests are in law-psychology topics, specifically jury decision-making, the role of religion in the legal system, biases in legal decision-making, and attitudes toward legal issues, especially issues involving families or deviant behavior. Please consult her CV on this website to see her publications. She focuses on experiments and survey methodology using primarily ANOVA and regression. She also does content analyses and psycho-legal analyses.

Dr. Miller’s email is: mkmiller@unr.edu


Ken Peak, Ph.D., is a full professor of Criminal Justice. His main interests are broadly in policing, specifically in community policing and problem solving, as well as in administration/management and victimology. He also instructs courses in comparative CJ systems and planned change. He has recently become involved in legal and practical aspects of casino security as well. Please see his CV on the department’s website for his publications and recent research.

Dr. Peak’s email is: peakk@unr.edu


Melanie Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Her main research interests are: abuses in correctional facilities, civil rights of inmates, juvenile detention, juvenile delinquency, Internet crimes, victimology, and gender and crime. She is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses using SPSS, STATA, SAS, Dedoose, and GIS. She has conducted research using regression (e.g. OLS, Logistic, Panel Models) and ANOVA. 

Dr. Taylor’s email is: melanietaylor@unr.edu