Ph.D. Students

Candice Ammons

Candice Ammons

Candice is a third year PhD student, adjunct instructor, and teaching assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee. Her research interest includes juvenile offending, terrorism, and racial disparities.

Email: cammo003@fiu.edu

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert J. L. Archer currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. Robert is actively pursuing his PhD in International Crime and Justice at Florida International University while maintaining his position with the university as an adjunct instructor.

Email: roarcher@fiu.edu

Maria Arndt

Maria Arndt

Maria is a first year doctoral student at FIU. She graduated from the University of Florida, obtaining degrees in International Studies and Criminology. Her research interests include racial disparities in the American criminal justice system, as well as studying the effects of social and legal discrimination of ethnic minorities around the world.

Email: marnd001@fiu.edu\

Rebeca Arocha

Rebeca Arocha

Rebeca is a Doctoral student pursuing her PhD in International Crime and Justice. She began her program in the fall of 2015. She will be the first in her family to obtain a PhD degree. She works full time for FIU's Office of Graduate and International Admissions and Recruitment Services, as an Admissions Officer III.

Email: raroc001@fiu.edu

Peculiar Miracle Awa

Peculiar Miracle Awa

Peculiar Miracle Awa is a Nigerian trained Attorney. She is currently a third year PhD student, and a teaching assistant with the Department of Criminal Justice at Florida International University. Her research interests are terrorism and gender issues.

Email: pawa001@fiu.edu

Sinchul Back

Sinchul Back

Sinchul is a Ph.D. student at FIU. He holds a B.S. in Leadership and Political Science from the Northeastern University, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the Bridgewater State University. His research interests include cybercrime, cybersecurity, and terrorism. He is a researcher at Boston University’s Center for Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity.

Email: sback008@fiu.edu

Charlie Berichi

Charlie Berichi

Charlie Berichi is a doctoral student in the International Crime and Justice Program and serves as an adjunct instructor at FIU. His research focuses on aviation security, anti-terrorism, and policing.

Email: cberi001@fiu.edu

Enrique Chavez

Enrique Chavez

Enrique Chavez is a third year Ph.D. student in the ICJ Program at Florida International University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from FIU. Enrique has dedicated the last (28) years to the law enforcement profession and has also served as an adjunct instructor for the last (6) years, in the Criminal Justice Department at F.I.U. His research interests include racial profiling, terrorism, homicides and gender inequalities.

Email: echav001@fiu.edu

Caroline V. Comerford

Caroline V. Comerford

Caroline Comerford is an ICJ PhD student & graduate assistant at FIU. Her research interests include violent serial crime, situational crime prevention, & geospatial analysis. Caroline holds a B.A. in Justice Studies from Montclair State University and a M.A. in Criminal Justice specializing in criminology & deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Email: ccome011@fiu.edu

George M. Connolly

George M. Connolly

George Connolly is a second year PhD student in the International crime and Justice program. He is a probation supervisor for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and an adjunct instructor at FIU. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University and two Master’s degrees from FIU, in Criminal Justice and Adult Education. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, and reducing recidivism.

Email: gconn011@fiu.edu

Erik Cruz

Erik Cruz

Erik Cruz is a current doctoral student, adjunct instructor, and graduate assistant at Florida International University. His research is oriented towards understanding the indirect effects of terrorism. Erik currently holds a M.S in Criminal Justice and a B.A in Sociology from Florida International University.

Email: ecruz058@fiu.edu

Wendy Dressler

Wendy Dressler

Wendy holds a BS in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University and an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her professional experience includes fifteen years of reentry program compliance and management. Her research interests include the nexus of drug trafficking/human trafficking/terrorism and drug trafficking effects on children.

Email: wdres003@fiu.edu

Olga D. Glubiak

Olga D. Glubiak

Olga is currently a second year PhD student. She holds a BS in Criminal Justice from FIU. Her research interests include homicide, victimology, human trafficking, and immigration and crime. Coming from Poland, Olga is also interested in the analysis of language barriers and limited English proficiency in relation to crime and unemployment.

Email: oglub001@fiu.edu

Britanee E. Kane

Britanee E. Kane

Britanee is a second year PhD student in the International Crime and Justice program at FIU. She obtained her B.A. and M.S. degrees in criminal justice in Michigan at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include reintegration studies, restorative justice, human trafficking, and juvenile justice. She currently works for the criminal justice department as a research/teaching assistant and adjunct instructor.

Email: bkane004@fiu.edu

Joelle Lee-Silcox

Joelle Lee-Silcox

Currently, a third-year Ph.D. student in the International Crime & Justice program at FIU, Joelle’s research interests includes geospatial crime analysis and the role of public policy, social constructionism of terrorist events, and crime prevention. Joelle holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from FIU and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College.

Email: Jlee097@fiu.edu

Anna Leimberg

Anna Leimberg

Anna Leimberg is currently a second year Ph.D. student, adjunct instructor, and graduate assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice. She currently holds a B.S. in Sociology and an M.S in Criminal Justice. Her current research interests include domestic violence, peer delinquency, anti-social behavior, and drug use among adolescents.

Email: aleim002@fiu.edu

Sara C. McFann

Sara C. McFann

Sara is a third-year doctoral student at FIU. She is actively involved in research projects on domestic violence, wildlife crime, situational crime prevention, policing, and program evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from FIU.

Email: smcfa011@fiu.edu

Madhuri Sharma

Madhuri Sharma

Having earned BA.LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M (Criminology) Law Degrees from India, Madhuri Sharma did her M.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati, OH. Currently, she is a first year doctoral student. With more than 40 research papers including 10 publications in her academic basket, her concentrated interests lie in international criminal justice systems and processes in relation to both criminals and victims.

Email: mshar056@fiu.edu

Melisa Zozaya

Melisa Zozaya

Melisa is a third year PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU and also working on a Community Development Certificate. She currently holds an MS in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and a BS in Criminal Justice from the same institution. Her research interests include: crime and place, comparative criminal justice, community policing, and environmental crime.

Email: mzoza001@fiu.edu