Sociology and Criminology MA Program

Graduate Students
Kenyetta Myosha Corlty, Ashleigh Loran Earle,


2009 Raven Bruno Farm to School: An Exploration of Purchasing Local Foods for School Cafeterias in Southeastern North Carolina Dr. Susan Bullers  Thesis 
2009 Michelle Deming Exploring the Social Context of Rape and Sexual Assault among College Women Dr. Eleanor Krassen Coven Thesis 
2009 Abigail Reiter Getting What they Expect: Teacher Expectations and Inequality in the Classroom Dr. John Rice Thesis 
2009 Miranda Reiter Self-Perceived Sex Role Identity and Development of Eating Disorders in Women Dr. Sangmoon Kim Thesis
2009 Katie Gay Democracy in Action: A Case Study of Dr. Donna King Internship
2009 Amanda Long Family dependency treatment courts: case studies from Mecklenburg County's families in recovery Staying Together (First Program) Dr. Darrell Irwin Internship
2009 Samantha (McNeill) Williams North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Compliance Checks: Do Characteristics of the Seller Predict Alcohol Sales to Minors? Dr. Cecil Willis Internship
2009 Tina Swanno Socialization Variables Related to Non-Usage of Seat Belts by 16-24 Year Olds: What Prior Research Had Failed to Highlight Dr. Cecil Willis  Thesis 
2009 Kyle Wehmann Exploring the effects of community disorganization on intimate partner violence in rural North Carolina Dr. Christina Lanier Thesis 
2010 Nicholas Chagnon News Coverage and Crime: A Qualitative Study of Agents Involved in News Production Dr. Donna King Thesis
2010 Alicia Larkins The impact of stress-related and culturally-specific factors on college alcohol consumption Dr. Kristen DeVall Thesis 
2010 Jessica MacDonald Learning to read at Hillcrest direct instruction, applied sociology and policy Dr. John Rice Thesis 
2010 Lindsey (Martin) Silverberg Perpetrating Sexual Assault: Assessing Prevalence, Attitudes, And Behaviors Among Male Millitary Personnel Dr. Christina Lanier Thesis 
2011 Emily Brown The Relationship between Self-Efficacy and Educational Expectations in Middle and High School Youth Dr. Susan Bullers Thesis 
2011 Laura Tassinarri An Examination of Attitudes towards Homosexuality in the United States: An Analysis of Trends and Predictors Dr. Susan Bullers Thesis
2011 Katie Cooper Stop Titan Action Network (STAN): A Case Study of Grassroots Repertoires of Strategic Tactics Dr. Stephen McNamee Thesis 
2011 Desmond Goss Race, Religion and Homonegativity Dr. Jean-Anne Sutherland Thesis 
2011 Adam Hall The Effects of Relational Health on Alcohol Consumption and Negative Drinking Consequences of Greek College Students Dr. Susan Bullers Thesis 
2011 Lindsey Jeralds Bullying Victimization, Target Suitability, and Guardianship: a routine activities approach Dr. Mike Maume  Thesis 
2011 Kimberly Lancaster Building Community University Partnerships: A Case Study of the WHA-UNCW Community Campus Dr. Leslie Hossfeld  Internship 
2011 Elizabeth Lavin El Puente: Health Care Access Program for Latinos and Hispanics in Southeastern North Carolina   Internship 
2011 Joshua Tuttle Observing the Effects of Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status on Roman Catholic Religiosity Dr. Robert Miller Thesis
2011 Emily Wetzel "Professor Mom?" Determinants of Male Faculty Members "Utilization of the Family Leave Act" Dr. Jean-Anne Sutherland Thesis 
2012 Kayla (Picotte) Sauls Personal Information in public domain [electronic resource]: perceptions of risk among college students on Facebook and the outside world Dr. Cecil Willis Thesis 
2012 Melissa Rogan All kids should be college-ready: examining the predictive value of high school core coursework on remedial enrollment at Community College Dr. John Rice Thesis
2012 Adam Sauls A longitudinal study of American economic elites Dr. Stephen McNamee  Thesis 
2013 Amy Mills Social Isolation and Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Southeastern North Carolina Dr. Christina Lanier Thesis 
2013 Samuel Haycraft Choosing Identity Theft: "Impulsivity or Rational Choice?" Dr. Cecil Willis  Thesis 
2013 Robert Hicks The Performance of Policing: Police Experience with Crime and Conceptions of Police Role Dr. Cecil Willis  Thesis 
2013 Collin McColskey-Leary Disproportionate minority contact (dmc) in North Carolina: do racial threat and other county-level variables predict rates of justice decisions and suspensions for white, black and minority juveniles Dr. Mike Maume  Thesis 
2013 Thomas Speicher Involvement and Sustainability Within the Americanized Italian Mafia: Towards An Associative Theory of Organized Crime Dr. Cecil Willis Thesis 
2013 Josh Welker Employer Sanctions: an ineffective method for stemming illegal immigration Dr. Lynne Snowden  Thesis
2013 Hillary Geen Monumental Myth-Making Dr. Daniel Buffington Thesis 
2013 Keely (Geyer) Latterner A Case Study in the Port City: Using Crime Mapping Data to Explore Defensible Space in and around Former Public Housing Dr. Cecil Willis  Thesis 
2013 Lacey Hancock Veteran Differential  interviewing by Gender in Southeastern North Carolina Dr. Daniel Buffington  Thesis 
2013 Laura Harrison Human Rights in Burma: A Policy Analysis of UN Resolutions from 1991-2012 Dr. Laura Harrison Thesis 
2013 Chardon Murray Radical Choices: Toward a Typology of Homegrown Islamist Terrorism Dr. Mike Maume  Thesis 
2013 Amanda Smith Local Food Systems, Fair Trade and Small Farmer Livelihood Dr. Yunus Kaya  Internship 
2013 Jan Brewington Parental Involvement in Public Schools Dr. Susan Bullers  Thesis 
2014 LeAnna Attias Maritime piracy: a criminological examination Dr. Randy LaGrange  Thesis 
2014 Regina Cline Watchful Eyes: Frontline Environmental Regulators'Accounts of Potential Forced Labor and/or Labor Trafficking Situations Dr. Lynn Snowden  Internship 
2014 Kristen Sumpter The American Farm: The Shift from Small Family Farms to Agribusinesses in the United States Dr. Susan Bullers  Thesis 
2014 Travis Michael Kadylak Sociology of Screens: An Analysis of Internet Access, Autonomy and Online Activities Among Adults 65 & Older Dr. Jean-Anne Sutherland  Thesis 
2014 LaQuana Nicole Askew "Sex Offender Treatment Effectiveness: A Formative Evaluation of SOAR" Dr. Christina Lanier  Thesis 
2015 Cassey Errante Newspaper portrayals of race in Wilmington, North Carolina: A content Analysis Using The Public Arenas Model Dr. Randy LaGrange Thesis 
2015  Erin O'Donnell "Addressing Food Access: A Case Study of Leadership Development"  Dr. Kristen DeVall Internship 
2015 Kristin Godwin Gender Equality and the Success of Female Athletes at the Olympic Games: A Statistical Examination of the Environmental, Societal and Political Practices that Impact Success Dr. Daniel Buffington Thesis 
2015 Brian Pitman American Indian Homicide in North Carolina: An Examination of the Impact of Structural and Economic Factors Dr. Christina Lanier Thesis 
2015 Jamie Slominski Reality- Based Television Programs: an analysis of women in law enforcement Dr. Carrie Buist  Thesis 
2015 Sarah Williamson The Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Rise of Trafficking Women from the Former U.S.S.R.: A Criminological Analysis of Five Countries Dr. Randy LaGrange  Thesis 
2015 Blair Yates Traditional Gender Role Beliefs, Rape Myth Acceptance, and Victim-Blaming Attitudes: Examining Fraternities as a "Rape Culture" Dr. Mike Maume  Thesis 
2016 Robin Alexander Pascoe New Hanover County Gangs: An Integrated Approach to Analyze Gang Crime in New Hanover County Dr. Christina Lanier Internship
2016 Andrew Scott Bartels Barriers to Offender Success, Social Support and Suicide: Examination of Suicides and Criminal Offending within North Carolina in 2012-2013
Dr. Kristen DeVall  Internship 
2016 Rose Anna Domanico Aging out of the Child Welfare System: Assessing the Impact of Group Home Placement on Economic Hardship, Substance Abuse, and Criminality Dr. Jennifer Vanderminden  Thesis 
2016 Tyler Michael McCarty Recruitment and Retention within Law Enforcement: An In Depth Examination of Recruiting for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation from 4-Year Universities Dr. Mike Maume  Internship 
2016 Leigh Brazel Tracking Community College Trends in Selection of Vocational vs. College Transfer Enrollment: A Case Study  Dr. Stephen McNamee  Thesis 
2016 Katie Burnham  Sexual Assault On College Campuses: Analyzing Victimization and Perpetration and Assessing Feminist Routine Activities Theory at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina  Dr. Christina Lanier  Thesis 
2017 Dylan Morrison Long-Term Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse: What is the Impact of the Victim-Abuser Relationship?  Dr. Jennifer Vanderminden Thesis
2017 Carly Sobha The Affordable Care Act, Preventive Behaviors, and Health Status: Changes since 2010 and the Importance of Insurance Dr. Susan Bullers Thesis 
2017 Anne Rinehart Life Experiences and Offending Behaviors of Male and Female Sex Offenders: A Feminist and Grounded Theoretical Qualitative Inquiry Dr. Christina Lanier  Thesis 
2017 Garrett McQueen Cultivating Terror: The Differential Effects of Terrorist Activity Impact and Media Consumption on the Fear of Terrorism Dr. Mike Maume Thesis
2018 Victoria Eaton “Race, Class, & Gender in the Queer Community: Multiple Regression Analysis of Life Quality Through an Intersectional Lens,” Dr. Daniel Buffington Thesis
2018 Caitlin Evans “The Impact of Victimization Type on Subsequent Delinquency among Children” Dr. Jenn Vanderminden Thesis
2018 Karcin Vick “Capital Punishment and Admissions of Guilt: False Confessions, Guilty Pleas, and Wrongful Convictions” Dr. Kim Cook Thesis
2018 Brittany Hammond “I Feel Your Pain: Empathy, Social Beliefs, and Punitive Attitudes” Dr. Jake Day Thesis

Mitchell Farrell

“Bullying Behavior in Context: A Macro-Level Analysis of School Bullying” Dr. Jake Day Thesis

Shannon McGuirl

“Creating Perpetrators from Society’s Victims: An Exploratory Study of Nations Susceptible to Terrorist Attacks,” Dr. Mike Maume Thesis
2019 Kenyetta Myosha Corley Black Women in Blue: Exploring Black Policewomen's Experiences of Career Advancement and Rank Attainment Dr. Kimberly Cook Thesis

Ashleigh Loran Earle

Intergenerational Educational Attainment: Does Gender Matter? Dr. Stephen McNamee Thesis

Kristin Nicole Robeson

Examining the Influence of Race and Nationality on Wages in the Men's Professional Soccer League (MLS) Dr. Jennifer Vanderminden Thesis

Carly Frances Wesphal

Concerted Cultivation Among Immigrant Parents: The Effects of Job Mismatch and Living Within an Ethnic Enclave Dr. Jacob Day Thesis

Hillary Dawn White

A Multi-Methods Analysis of Responses to Violence against Indigenous Women and Reconciliation in Canada and the United States: Working Towards Safer Tribal Lands Dr. Christina Lanier Thesis