Recent Ph.D. Graduates

Sinchul Back

Sinchul Back

Sinchul graduated with his PhD in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2020. He also holds a B.S. in Leadership and Political Science from Northeastern University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University. His research interests include cybercrime, cybersecurity, and terrorism. He currently is an assistant professor at the University of Scranton.

Email: sinchul.back@scranton.edu

Joelle Lee-Silcox

Joelle Lee-Silcox

Joelle Lee-Silcox graduated with her Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2020. Joelle also holds an MA in Criminal Justice from FIU and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College. Joelle currently works as a consultant with the City of Miami Police Department in the Real-Time Crime Center and Analyst Detail. Joelle’s research interests include geospatial crime analysis, crime and the media, and crime prevention.

Email: Jlee097@fiu.edu

Erik Cruz

Erik Cruz

Erik Cruz graduated with his PhD in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2020. He also holds a MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Sociology from Florida International University. His research interests include environmental criminology, terrorism and homeland security, and crime mapping.

Email: ecruz058@fiu.edu

Peculiar Miracle Awa

Peculiar Miracle Awa

Peculiar Miracle Awa graduated with her PhD in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2019. She is also a Nigerian trained Attorney. Peculiar currently is an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri. Her research interests include terrorism and gender issues.

Email: awa@ucmo.edu

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert J.L. Archer

Robert Archer graduated with his PhD in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2019. He currently is an assistant professor of social sciences at Nicholls State University. His research interests include the behavioral consequences of victimization and the role of situational opportunity in explaining delinquency and substance use.

Email: robert.archer@nicholls.edu

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Candice Ammons-Blanfort graduated with her PhD in International Crime and Justice from FIU in 2019. She currently is an instructor at Florida International University. Her research interests include juvenile justice, gun crime, policing, and racial disparities in the justice system.

Email: cammons@fiu.edu