College of Arts and Sciences


  • Criminal Justice Makes Strong Showing at National Conferences

    December 9, 2010

    Five Criminal Justice faculty and four Criminal Justice graduate students presented papers at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology  (ASC) held in San Francisco in November.  The Society is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. The theme of this year’s conference was "Crime and Social Institutions."

    “All of the student presentations stemmed directly from either graduate seminar projects or faculty/student research collaborations," said Assistant Professor Stephen Rice.  “The ASC conference helped the students realize that 'class work' and 'research work' aren't mutually exclusive.  One informs the other."

    The following presentations were given this year:

    A. Daktari Alexander, Assistant Professor, Trisha King Stargel, Instructor, and Laura Shaver, undergraduate student:  “After the Funeral: Police Officer Behavior after a Line-Of-Duty Death.” 

    Jennifer Cauffman, graduate student:  "Crime and Nightlife: An Analysis of the Impact Crime has on Belltown, Seattle Businesses."

    Jacqueline Helfgott, Professor, and Beck Strah, graduate student:  “Factors Influencing Indeterminate Sentencing Review Decisions in Determinate-Plus Sex Offender Cases in Washington State.”

    Matthew Hickman, Assistant Professor:  “Unanalyzed Evidence in Law Enforcement Agencies:  A National Examination of Forensic Processing in Police Departments.”

    Matthew Hickman, Assistant Professor, and Stephen Rice, Assistant Professor:  “Digital Analysis of Crime Statistics: Does Crime Conform to Benford's Law?”

    Carla Hough, graduate student: "Integration of Technology in the Criminal Justice Classroom."

    Stephen Rice, Assistant Professor:  “Defiance and Desires for Forgiveness among Capital Rapists.”

    Megan Yerxa, graduate student:  "Finding the Right Spot, CPTED Style: Ideal Seating and Gathering in a Proposed Urban Greenspace."

    In addition, 
    Matt Willms, graduate student, presented "Ethnography of the Deviant Aesthetic and the Carnivalesque in Rollergirls, Rockers and Burlesque: Implications for Assessing Risk, Criminality and Criminogenic Spaces in Late Modernity," at the International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference in Terre Haute, IN.

    The Department of Criminal Justice in the Seattle University  College of Arts and Sciences  offers a Master’s degree and undergraduate majors and minors in criminology, forensic psychology, administration of justice, and forensic science as well as a certificate in crime analysis.


    All comments are moderated for appropriateness and may take a few minutes to appear.

    No one has commented.