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Department News and Activities

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice was well represented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Avdi Avdija presented his paper, ““Examining the Effect of Victim-Offender Relationship on Crime-Reporting Behavior”. David Polizzi presented his paper, “The Social Construction of Crime as Dis-ease: Epidemiological Criminology from a Phenomenological Perspective”. Mark Hamm presented his paper, “Prisoner Radicalization and Sacred Terrorism: A Life Course Perspective” to the Presidential Panel at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco. Mark also chaired panels on “Issues in Domestic Terrorism” and “Critical Perspectives on Crime and Culture”.

Jennifer Grimes has been appointed to serve the department as Student Liaison for Distance Education. She will serve as an advocate and fact finder/mediator for distance education students.

Shannon Barton-Bellessa has been appointed curriculum coordinator the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Mark Hamm has been invited, by the Department of Defense, to give a talk at The Neurobiology of Violence: New Tools, New Insights Conference at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on December 1.

Jennifer Grimes published “The Social Construction of Social Problems: ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ in the Mass Media” in Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review: Vol. 2, No. 1-2, January-December 2010. Jennifer has also had  two book chapters accepted for publication in “Hate Crimes” is part of Volume 1: Crime and Criminal Behavior” and “Three-Strikes Laws” is part of Volume 3: Courts, Law and Justice in “Key Issues in Crime and Punishment”, William Chambliss, Editor, SAGE Publications. 

Mark Hamm has recently published the following article and book chapters:

Mark Hamm, Jeff Ferrell and Chris Greer (2010) “Provocateur for Justice: Notes on the Imprisonment of Professor Luis Barrios.” Crime,        Media, Culture: An International Journal, 6:227-238.

Mark Hamm (2010) “Conflict Theory: William J. Chambliss.” In Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mark Hamm (2010) “Prisoner Radicalization and Sacred Terrorism: A Life Course Perspective.” In Richard Rosenfeld, Kenna Quintet and Crystal Garcia (eds.) Contemporary Issues in Criminological Theory and Research: The Role of Social Institutions. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Pp. 173-204.

Shannon Barton Bellessa has been appointed as editor of the Encyclopedia of Community Corrections and will create a study guide and ancillary material for Sue Titus Reid’s Criminal Justice Essentials.

Congratulations to Frank Wilson on another successful Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Conference.

Shannon Barton-Bellessa has just published a new book Community-Based Corrections: A Text Reader. It will be available through Sage Publishing

Congratulations to Mark Hamm for a second invitation to Europe, this time the Netherlands, to present his work on terrorism. Mark was also recently interviewed by CNN.

Congratulations to Rebecca Morris for earning the 2010 Nardini Award for undergraduate scholarship. Rebecca will receive a $750 scholarship.

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