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Commonwealth Faculty Affiliates

The aim of the Commonwealth Campus Center-Nodes (C3N) Program is to build research collaborations between University Park research centers and Commonwealth Campus (CC) faculty.

Abington

Colleen Mills

Colleen Mills

  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

cem92@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Hate crime; extremism and terrorism; race, racism, and criminal justice; intergroup conflict; and the history and sociology of American criminal justice, specifically modern American crime legislation, the War on Drugs and the era of mass incarceration.

Gokhan Ozden

Gokhan Ozden

  • Assistant Professor of IST

sgo7@psu.edu

Research interests include facility logistics, heuristic optimization, sequencing and scheduling, simulation, model driven engineering, domain specific languages.

Glenn Sterner

Glenn Sterner

  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

ges5098@psu.edu

Glenn Sterner received his PhD in Rural Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University. His main research agenda is focused on the application of social network analysis in understanding dark (illicit and illegal) and gray (covert) networks. His dissertation examined and documented the use of social networks in community organizing processes in four municipalities. His current projects include the examination of opiate abuse networks, illegal opiate distribution, and community-police networks to address the opiate epidemic. Please visit the Justice Center’s site Addressing the Opiate Epidemic to learn more about these projects. Glenn is examining the use of social network analysis techniques to address deception in intelligence on terrorism activity. Finally, he is actively engaged in research on the networks of child and human trafficking and cyber aggression on Twitter.

Glenn is also interested in the scholarship of engagement and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is actively developing a Public Scholarship Consortium to enable the connection of scholars and practitioners across disciplines dedicated to collaboration with communities in knowledge creation initiatives that address public issues and are publicly accessible. This Consortium will be launched in summer of 2017.

Recent publications have been featured in the International Journal for Rural Law and Policy and American Journal of Community Psychology. Prior to his graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University, Glenn received an M.A. and B.S. from Michigan State University.

Glenn is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington.

Altoona

Michael Arter

Michael Arter

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

mla14@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Policing

Police Stress

Drug Policies

Addiction

Nathan Kruis

Nathan Kruis

  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

nek132@psu.edu

Research interests are in the areas of stigma, substance use addiction, corrections, and criminological theory.

Kim Menard

Kim Menard

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

kmm157@psu.edu

Research Interests 

 Interpersonal violence, specifically gender differences in the victimization and perpetration of these crimes, as well as victim reporting and involvement in the criminal justice system

Police officer stress

Lacey Wallace

Lacey Wallace

  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

lno106@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Gun carrying and gun ownership

Familial similarity for delinquency and substance use

Public policy impact

Quantitative methods

Behrend

Melanie Hetzel-Riggin

Melanie Hetzel-Riggin

  • Program Chair, Psychology
  • Professor of Psychology and Applied Clinical Psychology M.A. Program

mdh33@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, interpersonal violence, trauma, PTSD, prevention, bystander intervention

Berks

Ebonie Cunningham

Ebonie Cunningham

  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

ecs296@psu.edu

Research interests include maternal incarceration, gender and crime, and the role of Clergy and Religious Institutions in social and criminal justice Initiatives.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice

jxm1192@psu.edu

Research interests are in drug policy and the simultaneous medicalization/criminalization of drug addiction.

Greater Allegheny

Katherine McLean

Katherine McLean

  • Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice

kjm47@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Illicit drug use; harm reduction; public health; critical criminology

Sandra Trappen

  • Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice

slt62@psu.edu

Harrisburg

Eileen Ahlin

Eileen Ahlin

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

ema105@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Criminological Theory

Corrections

Research Methods

Neighborhood Effects

Racial and Social Justice

Shaun Gabbidon

Shaun Gabbidon

  • Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice

slg13@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Race and Crime

Public Opinion on Race, Crime, & Justice

Security Administration

Criminology and Criminal Justice Pedagogy

Jennifer Gibbs

Jennifer Gibbs

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

jcf25@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Policing

Terrorism

Violence & Victimization

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Weston Kensinger

Weston Kensinger

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Education

wsk120@psu.edu

Research Interests 

Community engagement to prevent opioid abuse

Motivations of high risk health behaviors in college students

Drug and alcohol use/abuse

Implementation of wellness programs

Therapeutic recreation activities in an elderly population

Candalyn Rade

Candalyn Rade

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

cbr18@psu.edu

Research Interests

Reentry and employment programs

Stigma toward formerly incarcerated persons

Alternatives to incarceration

Community-based services and coalitions

Risk assessment