Meet the Criminology Faculty
- Dr. Nicole Breazeale earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a focus in Community & Environmental Sociology, Her research interests include agri-food systems and rural restructuring and development, and the intersection between processes of globalization and localization of agriculture and food. Dr. Breazeale's courses include Community, Environment, & Development; Poverty & Inequality; Global Social Problems; Marriage & Family; Sociology of Agriculture & Food; and Research Methods.
- Dr. Jerry Daday earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2004. His research interests include overlap and divergence between offenders and victims involved in violent crimes; the correlates of fear of crime in African countries; the influence of corruption on cross-national homicide; the influence and effects of health care utilization variables on homicide lethality in the United States, and ethnic conflict and how the international community via the International Criminal Court is prosecuting those accused of committing acts of genocide and crimes against humanity. Dr. Daday's courses include Criminology, Genocide, Sociological Theory, Quantitative Research Methods, and Human-Wildlife Conflict.
- Dr. Holli Drummond earned her MS in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama in 1999 and a PhD in Sociology in 2004 from the University of Georgia. Her research involves analysis of the influence of circumstance on adolescent perception and behavior. Specifically, she has focused on the psychometric properties of several "Code of the Street" components, and evaluation of "Gendered Pathways" both to street code adoption and gang affiliation, as well as participation in violent behavior and risky sexual activity both in her home state of AL and in Medellin Colombia. Dr. Drummond teaches Juvenile Delinquency, Gender, Crime, and Justice, and Social Inequality. Her research specialty is quantitative analysis via Structural Equation Modeling.
- Dr. James Kanan earned his Ph.D. from Penn State in 1996. His teaching and research interests include: theories for criminal behavior, neighborhoods and crime, residential segregation and homicide, healthcare access and homicide, fear of crime, and the impact of television crime dramas on perceptions of evidence in the courts system (known as the CSI effect). Dr. Kanan teaches the Neighborhoods and Crime course in the Criminology MA program.
- Dr. Kate King earned her PhD from State University of New York at Albany in 1992. Her research interests include AIDS in prison, elderly inmates, women and the justice system, attitudes and language of inmates and correctional staff, and ethical decision-making by law enforcement officials. Current research is focused on the attitudes, experiences, and beliefs of family members of homicide victims; and how power is used by the justice system and the "alternative realities" of those engaged by it.Dr. King's courses include: Prison Culture, Victimology, Death Penalty, and AIDS in Prison.
- Dr. Carrie Trojan earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2009. She has collaborated with both local and federal law enforcement agencies in the past for research purposes and currently have manuscripts published in several criminological journals. Her research interests include: theories of criminal behavior, homicide and serial homicide, prior criminal offending of homicide offenders, investigative and solvability factors in homicide, behavioral crime scene analysis, criminal justice policy, and empirical tests of offender profiling assumptions. Dr. Trojan's courses include: Homicide, Offending Escalation, Crime Scene Pattern Analysis, Criminal Investigations, and Criminology.
- Dr. Douglas Smith earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include environmental and natural resources, community, health and well-being, education, and collective behavior and social movements. Dr. Smith's courses include: Environmental Criminology, Community Sociology, Environment and Natural Resources Sociology, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology, Social Psychology, Social Movements, Rural Education, and Rural Poverty.
To learn more about the faculty listed above, visit http://www.wku.edu/sociology/staff.