Faculty & Staff

John Ortiz Smykla

Dr. John Ortiz Smykla

Director and Professor

John Ortiz Smykla earned his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research focuses on adult corrections, capital punishment, and comparative criminal justice. His recent books include Corrections in the 21st Century (7e), Probation, Parole, and Community-Based Corrections and Offender Reentry: Rethinking Criminology and Criminal Justice. His co-authored dataset Executions in the United States, 1608-2008: The Espy File, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is one of the most frequently requested data files from the University of Michigan’s ICPSR. Dr. Smykla is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Uruguay. He served the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences as program committee chair and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. SCJA honored him in 1997 as Educator of the Year. He joined Florida Atlantic University in 2014 as Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously he served as Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of West Florida, Professor and Chair of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama, and Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.

Bruce Arneklev

Dr. Bruce Arneklev

Associate Professor

Bruce J. Arneklev is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. His major research interests include quantitatively testing recent theories of crime, especially those related to the concept of "self-control." Dr. Arneklev's publications have appeared in such scholarly journals as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Social Forces. Some of his more recent courses he has taught include: Corrections, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Research Methods. Dr. Arneklev teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is particularly concerned with ensuring that students in criminology and criminal justice have a sound research methods background.

Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk

Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she also received her MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a BS in Criminal Justice. Cassandra’s research interests span both institutional and community corrections with an emphasis on contemporary issues in corrections, including problem-solving courts and the reentry and reintegration of offenders. Much of the research Cassandra has been involved in focuses on evidence-based practices and program evaluations in an effort to identify what works in corrections. Her research has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Policy Review. Cassandra currently teaches undergraduate Corrections and Ethics in Criminal Justice courses at FAU.

Dr. Boba

Dr. Rachel Boba Santos

Associate Professor

Dr. Rachel Santos has been working with police organizations for since 1994. After being a crime analyst in a large police agency in Arizona for 5 years, she was the Director of the Crime Mapping Laboratory at the Police Foundation in Washington DC from 2000 to 2003. While there she developed curriculum, provided training, and conducted research on best practices of crime analysis, crime mapping, and problem analysis. Dr. Santos has been at Florida Atlantic University since 2003, and her current research focuses on police organizational change and the institutionalization of problem solving, crime analysis, and accountability into a police agency’s day-to-day operations in order to improve crime reduction effectiveness. She works with all sized police agencies around the United States. With the Port St. Lucie, FL Police Department, she has won two prestigious policing awards: Finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing (2006) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Sprint-Nextel Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award in September 2008.

Three of her current projects are 1) a control randomized trial to test the effectiveness of offender-focused strategies in long-term property crime hot spots; 2) a control randomized trial to test the effectiveness of traditional police response in property crime micro-time hot spots, and 3) developing national curriculum and delivery of crime analysis training for law enforcement executives. She is standing committee member of the International Association of Crime Analysis Standards Committee and through that committee has developed national standards for definitions for tactical patterns and types, for crime analysis undergraduate and graduate education, and is currently working on the reconstituting the definition of crime analysis and its types. She has published numerous peer reviewed publications, the most recent in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice entitled, “The effectiveness of crime analysis for crime reduction: Cure or Diagnosis?” and has two recent COPS publications, The Integration of Crime Analysis into Patrol Work: A Guidebook and A Police Organizational Model for Crime Reduction: Institutionalizing Problem Solving, Analysis, and Accountability. Two of her books include Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping 3rd Edition (2012), and as second author with Professor Marcus Felson, Crime and Everyday Life, 4th Edition (2010). Dr. Santos earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in English and sociology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA and her master’s degree and doctor of philosophy in sociology from Arizona State University.

Dr. Vaughn J. Crichlow

Dr. Vaughn J. Crichlow

Assistant Professor

Vaughn J. Crichlow is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University and holds a law degree from the University of London. He also obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees from Rowan University and the University of the West-Indies respectively. His research is focused on attitudes toward the police in areas known for high levels of violent crime. His dissertation examined procedural justice and police legitimacy perspectives among immigrant and non-immigrant business owners in Detroit. Dr. Crichlow was involved in several grant supported projects related to policing and urban crime prevention in Michigan, including a focused deterrence initiative called Ceasefire Detroit. His additional interests include violence prevention, cross-national policing, private security and law and justice studies. His co-authored articles have appeared in the Security Journal and the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. He was also a contributor to an edited book on community policing in indigenous societies. He is a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where he has held teaching positions at Queen’s Royal College and El Dorado Secondary School.

Adam Dobrin

Dr. Adam Dobrin

Associate Professor

Adam Dobrin, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and both his Master’s and Doctorate in Criminology from the University of Maryland. He recently graduated from the Indian River State College’s Public Service Education Program with a Law Enforcement Certificate (Aux). His most current research includes exploring the value of volunteer police; examining the efficacy of correctional health care policies, as well as exploring and developing the growing relationships between national policy and research from the medical and public health disciplines. Highlighting this, he has presented his research to the US Congressional Briefing on Juvenile Justice, and the US Congressional Briefing on Predicting and Preventing Homicide and Other Violence.

Dr. Dobrin has been deeply involved with the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization of researchers and physicians (approximately 26,000 around the globe) who produce rigorous “systematic reviews” (a specific methodological and statistical practice regarded as the cornerstone of evidence synthesis) on evidence to inform health care practice and policy. He was the founding Assistant Director for the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy, whose primary goal was to provide health-care policy decision makers with high-quality and timely research to guide evidence-based actions. Additionally, he is the founding Field Administrator for the Cochrane Justice Health Field. Justice Health is about the health care of the millions of persons under the control of various criminal and juvenile justice systems (both in institutional and community settings, including probation and parole), as well as the health implications for their families, future generations, and the communities from which they come. Justice Health aims to identify gaps that exist in our understanding, and use a priori methods for setting priorities for approaching the most pressing social and clinical policy questions pertinent to health care delivery for this population.

Additionally, he volunteers his time as the Chief Operations Officer for The Lloyd Society, a non-profit (501(c)3) charity that uses evidence based research to guide policymakers to improve the lives of at-risk youths. With them, Dr. Dobrin was part of the Federal Initiative on Juvenile Justice Health that brought together the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

In 2006 he was an Academic Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. Part of his Fellowship involved overseas travel for an intensive immersion in the world of terrorism, and the ways the political, diplomatic, military, intelligence, and criminal justice systems respond to or prevent it.

Dr. Dobrin currently teaches courses in the Juvenile Justice System, Violence Research, Policing, and Criminological Theory.

Dr. Hauser

Dr. William Hauser

Assistant Professor

William Hauser received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 2012. His primary research area is the courts, in particular the issues of judicial decision making, structured sentencing schemes, plea bargaining, public support for the courts, and the impact of policy change on these issues. Having worked for a public opinion research firm, he is also interested lay knowledge about crime and the justice system as well as public support for punitive justice policies such as 10-20-life, 3 strikes, and supermax incarceration. He has conducted research on firearm ownership, victimization, and fear of crime and is continuing his work in this area. His work has appeared in journals such as Crime & Delinquency and Journal of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Hinduja

Dr. Sameer Hinduja


Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He works nationally and internationally with the private and public sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. His research has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles around the world, as well as on radio and TV. Dr. Hinduja has written two books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published in a number of academic journals. He is a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Internet Safety Task Force at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has given presentations for a range of audiences including Fortune 500 companies, federal law enforcement, and NGOs.

David Kalinich

Dr. David Kalinich


Ph. d. Social Science Interdisciplinary degree from Michigan State U , cognates included: Economics, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, & Research Methods. MA in Counseling, Bowling Green State U., Ohio, and a BA in Economics, Miami University, Ohio.

Professional Experience:
Ten Years, Ohio Parole Authority Parole Authority: field parole officer, district supervisor, central office administrator for probation development.

Academic Experience:
Teaching: Criminology/criminal Justice Professor for 36 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes including criminology, introduction to criminal justice, criminal justice research methods, ethics, management and administration, organizational leadership and culture, corrections, and history of violence in America. Served as department chair for 10 years and Associate Dean for 6 years,

Four books on corrections, two books on criminal justice administration, four monographs on management of prison and jail inmates, over 30 articles focusing on prisons, jails, inmate mental heal issues, criminal justice management and administration, presented over 50 papers on similar subjects at academic and professional conferences.

Member, editorial board of the Prison Journal, Coordinator of the California Department of Corrections Executive Leadership program, 1995 to 98, Developed and participated in over 30 training programs for jail personnel regarding, supervising mentally ill inmates and suicidal inmates, and jail management. Also served as a consultant to jail projects and as an expert witness in civil cases in corrections and jails

Ricky Langlois

Ricky Langlois


On August 1, 2010, after twenty four years as a federal law enforcement officer Ricky Langlois made the decision to retire. His career as a federal law enforcement officer included assignments as a Special Agent in Charge of several major field offices such as Miami, Atlanta and Jacksonville. During the last three years of his career (2007-2010), he had the good fortune to be assigned to the National Training Academy at the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. This last assignment gave him with the opportunity to be part of the law enforcement training excellence that creates the 21st century law enforcement officer. There, as a Department of Homeland Security certified federal law enforcement instructor, he was able to impart professional instruction and practical applications and provide students with the skills and knowledge to meet the demanding challenges of a Federal law enforcement career. Also noteworthy is his participation in the Department of Homeland Security's elite Bluelightening dive team where he served as a Dive Team Coordinator and Underwater Crime Scene Investigator protecting U.S. ports along the Eastern seaboard.

On January 10, 2011, Mr. Langlois began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor in FAU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Since then, he has become a full time instructor in the department. Some of his more recent courses he has taught include: Policing in America, Criminology, White Collar Crime and Homeland Security and Terrorism. Mr. Langlois teaches at the undergraduate level. He is particularly concerned with ensuring that students in criminology and criminal justice have a sound background in the practical applications of law enforcement techniques and procedures.

Mr. Langlois's academic interests include the criminal justice system's response to white collar crime, crimes against the environment and applied public safety theory.

Richard Mangan

Richard Mangan


On January 3, 1995, after twenty five years as a Special Agent and Supervisor with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Richard Mangan made the decision to retire. His career with DEA had included assignments as a Special Agent/Criminal Investigator in Washington, DC, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as Chief of the Financial Intelligence Section at DEA Headquarters in Washington, DC, as a Group Supervisor in San Francisco, CA, and as the Agent in Charge of the DEA Office in Atlantic City, NJ. During the last three years of his career (1992-1995), he had the good fortune to be assigned as the DEA Liaison Officer to the Washington National Central Bureau of INTERPOL--the International Criminal Police Organization. This last assignment gave him with the opportunity to attend conferences and meetings all over the world, and to interact with the law enforcement agencies of the 174 member countries of INTERPOL. It also provided a fascinating look at the inner workings of foreign criminal justice systems.

On January 9, 1995, Professor Mangan began teaching as an Adjunct Professor in FAU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Since then, he has become a full time instructor in the department. One of the more enjoyable experiences that he has had here at FAU, has been the opportunity to serve as the faculty advisor to the American Criminal Justice Association and Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honorary society.

In the fall of 2011, Professor Mangan became the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration, which is housed in the School of Public Administration. Here is the web page for that program: http://www.fau.edu/spa/bpsa/

Professor Mangan's academic interests include the criminal justice system's response to organized crime, the problems associated with illicit drug control and the growth of transnational crime and international law enforcement.

Jennifer Peck

Dr. Jennifer Peck

Assistant Professor

Jennifer H. Peck, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. She received her doctorate in Criminology from the University of South Florida in May 2014. She also received her MA in Criminology from the University of South Florida, and both a BA in Criminal Justice and BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany. Jen’s primary research interest centers on racial/ethnic disparities and the overall treatment of disadvantaged youth in the juvenile justice system. Her secondary research interest surrounds the theoretical causes and correlates of delinquent behavior. Jen’s recent research has been accepted for publication in Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Family Violence. She actively participates in both national (The American Society of Criminology; The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences) and regional (The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association) academic conferences. Jen currently teaches the undergraduate course Criminology at FAU.

Mara Schiff

Dr. Mara Schiff

Associate Professor

Dr. Mara Schiff is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. She specializes in restorative justice and has completed two edited and one co-authored books on restorative justice (Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice: Building Theory and Policy from Practice with Dr. Gordon Bazemore; Willan Publishers, 2005) as well as numerous academic journal articles and book chapters. She has received evaluation and training grants from national and local organizations including the National Institute of Justice and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other national and local organizations. Dr. Schiff is a founding member of the Board of Directors for National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ, (www.nacrj.org), is regularly invited to speak and consult on restorative justice issues for local, national and international organizations, and will host the upcoming 5th National Conference on Restorative and Community Justice in Fort Lauderdale in June, 2015. Dr. Schiff has had over 30 years experience in criminal and juvenile justice research, planning, evaluation, training and teaching, focusing on restorative community and justice for the last two decades and and is currently working on research addressing the intersection of restorative justice and racial justice.

Jeanne Stinchcomb

Dr. Jeanne Stinchcomb


Dr. Jeanne Stinchcomb, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, has published extensively on correctional leadership, jail issues, succession planning, professionalism, the correctional workforce, staff recruitment and retention, organizational culture, and criminal justice policy. Her current book is Corrections: Foundations for the Future, (Routledge, 2011). She is the 2002 recipient of the Peter P. Lejins Research Award, a national recognition presented by the American Correctional Association for research that has contributed significantly to the field of corrections, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Corrections Member award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Previously, she served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Barry University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has conducted training as well as curriculum development and program evaluations for such agencies as the National Institute of Corrections (U.S. Department of Justice), the American Correctional Association, and the Namibia (Africa) Prison Service.

Tasha Youstin

Dr. Tasha Youstin

Assistant Professor

Tasha Youstin joined the faculty at FAU in 2011, having studied at the University of Florida for her Master’s degree and John Jay College of Criminal Justice for her Ph.D. Tasha’s research interests include theory testing, sexual offenders and offender policies, and environmental criminology, focusing on the relationship between crime, space and time. Her research has been published in top criminology journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, and Justice Quarterly. She previously taught statistics at John Jay College, and currently teaches Criminology, Criminal Justice Technology, and a variety of other courses at FAU.

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