Current Graduate Studio Bios

Our students have diverse interests and backgrounds. Below you will find a bio for each student. Some have provided emails for prospective students who wish to contact them to get more information about what it’s like to be a MA student in Criminal Justice.

 

Sarah Thomas

I was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska (yes that is an actual town.) I went to Western Washington University to get a BA in Sociology with a double minor in music and psychology. After gaining my degree, I decided to come to UNR to get a Masters in Criminal Justice. My interests in the field are researching serial criminals and their paths of violence, and also rehabilitative programs for prisoners. After my time at UNR, I am going to get a PhD to continue researching topics that interest me. In my free time I enjoy a variety of activities including: hiking, going to the gym, running, sewing, snowboarding, and sketching. You can reach Sarah at: the_supreme_being604@hotmail.com

 

Sara Toto

I am a grad student in the Criminal Justice department. I have been continuously working on research for Professor Leone in the field of corrections. My specific interests in the Criminal Justice field pertain to community-based corrections and prisons. I plan to further my academic career by attending a Doctorate program. Oh, and my last name is Toto, like the dog... and the band. You can reach Sara at: sarantoto@yahoo.com

 

Trevor Shields

Trevor grew up here in Reno and acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in religious studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. As an undergraduate he interned at the Nevada Youth Parole Bureau and currently works for a company called Maple Star that specializes in rehabilitating children with mental and behavioral disorders. Trevor is a first semester graduate student that plans to focus on Juveniles and rehabilitation while he is in the master’s program here at UNR. Another interest, and a possible publication he’s currently working on with Dr. Monica Miller, is in relation to Religion and law. Trevor plans to graduate by the Spring of 2015 with his M.A. in Criminal Justice and go on to join the class of working individuals in the Criminal Justice field. You can reach Trevor at: Captainquark950@gmail.com

 

Jessie Huff

Jessie Huff graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies. Her research interests are police practices and policies and how they impact crime trends, victim relations, and community perceptions of the police. She currently works for the University of Nevada, Reno Police Services and is an intern for the Reno Police Department Repeat Offender Program. In the future, Jessie plans to continue her education and obtain a Ph.D. You can contact Jessie at: jlhuff@unr.edu

 

Corey Jessup

Corey Jessup was born in Deer Park, California in 1985. He relishes spending his time outdoors, and especially enjoys tubing the Truckee River in the summer. Corey received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from UNR during the summer of 2013, and is pursuing his Master's in Criminal Justice with the hopes of eventually working in juvenile corrections. He also likes the odder side of life, which often manifests itself in a variety of ways. You can reach Corey at: centeralpreoccupation@yahoo.com

 

Shelby Forsythe

Shelby Forsythe is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Master’s program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from Iowa State University. Shelby's research interests include various Psychology and Law topics. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her wonderful dog Miley. You can reach Shelby at: shelbyeforsythe@gmail.com

 

Tara Cole

I am a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Masters program. I received my Bachelors of Criminal Justice from UNR with a minor in Communications. I am interested in using animals in police work, prison dog programs, and parole and probation. I created a fundraiser for the Reno Police Department’s K9 Unit called “Kookies for K9”. I sell dog cookies and cat pillows to the community to raise funds for training equipment. To date I have raised over $2,000 for the unit. In the future, I would like to work for Parole and Probation in the state of Nevada.

 

Daniel McGowan

Daniel McGowan received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009.   Apart from his academic carrier he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and South East Asia.  His interests in the field include criminal justice theory, application, and the constitution.  The motivation of his involvement with the program is to someday work in research and theory.

 

Jordan Weaver

Jordan Weaver is Masters student in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012. He is currently employed by the University of Nevada, Reno Police Department. You can reach Jordan at: jorweaver@gmail.com

 

Matthew Le Claire

Matthew Le Claire is graduate student in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012. He currently works as a TA for the department and for the City of Reno’s Youth Service Department where he supervises their largest daycare facility. Matthew’s research interests include juvenile corrections, foster care, and other topics that pertain to youths. Personally he enjoys comics, concerts, and bubble baths with scented candles. He aspires to work with children in the future and one day work for the juvenile courts. You can reach Matthew at: mmleclaire7@yahoo.com


Dino Cabal is a is graduate student in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Claire Hoops is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is interested policing.