Ph.D. Students

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Candice is a 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 interests include juvenile offending, terrorism, and racial disparities.

Email: cammo003@fiu.edu

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert is a PhD candidate in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include the behavioral consequences of victimization and the role of situational opportunity in explaining delinquency and substance use

Email: roarcher@fiu.edu

Maria Arndt

Maria Arndt

Maria is a 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. She is currently serving as a graduate research assistant on the Data-informed Prosecution Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

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 PhD student and a teaching assistant within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at FIU. Her research interests include 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

Brent Blakeman

Brent Blakeman

Brent Blakeman is a PhD student and teaching assistant at FIU. Brent has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His research interests are in crime prevention through environmental design, terrorism, human trafficking, and juvenile delinquency.

Email: bblakema@fiu.edu

Enrique Chavez

Enrique Chavez

Enrique Chavez is a 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 Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at FIU. 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 PhD student in the International Crime and Justice program at FIU. 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 doctoral student, adjunct instructor, and graduate assistant at Florida International University. He currently holds a MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Sociology from Florida International University. His research focuses on terrorism. Erik is a recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Doctoral Summit Scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to 40 advanced doctoral students from accredited PhD programs to participate in the ACJS Doctoral Summit for the 2019 annual meeting.

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 PhD student at FIU. 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 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 Department of Criminology and Criminal justice as a research/teaching assistant and adjunct instructor.

Email: bkane004@fiu.edu

Joelle Lee-Silcox

Joelle Lee-Silcox

A 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 Ph.D. student, adjunct instructor, and graduate assistant in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She 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

Dylan Matthews

Dylan Matthews

Dylan is a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Criminal Justice, and a M.S. in Public Administration. His research interests include criminal justice reform, human rights research, and the application of geographic information systems in social research. He currently works as a graduate research assistant on the Data-Informed Prosecution Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Email: dmatt001@fiu.edu

Sara C. McFann

Sara C. McFann

Sara is a 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

Sadhika Soor

Sadhika Soor

Sadhika is a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. She holds an Honors BSocSc in Criminology and an MS in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include racial and income bias in the justice system, barriers to successful offender re-entry, the criminalization of foster youth, and cybercrime. She currently works as a graduate research assistant on the Data-Informed Prosecution Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Email: ssoor002@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

Christopher Torres

Christopher Torres

Christopher Torres is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice. As a Ph.D. student, Christopher worked in applied research for the Metropolitan Center. He worked on various grants ranging from affordable housing studies to the analysis of emergency management practices. His research interests include quantitative research design, geospatial crime analysis, youth violence, environmental criminology, crime prevention through environmental design, emergency management, and fraud victimization.

Email: Ctorr146@fiu.edu

Melisa Zozaya

Melisa Zozaya

Melisa is a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU, She is 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