Faculty and Staff
About the Director
Robert G. Morris, PH.D.
Robert Morris holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and is currently Associate Professor of Criminology (with tenure) at the University of Texas at Dallas and serves on the Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB).
Morris' research surrounds contemporary issues in criminality and criminal justice. He specializes in quantitative research methods, recidivism research, life course criminology, cybercrime, delinquency, among other areas and serves as a senior research scientist for the Center of Crime and Justice Studies
His work has been published in many top-tier scholarly journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Behavior and the Journal of Criminal Justice.
In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2012, one of his research studies was awarded the William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Best Paper Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).
Morris, Robert G., and Alex Piquero
In Press For whom do sanctions deter and label? Justice Quarterly (doi: 10.1080/07418825.2011.633543)
Morris, Robert G., and John L. Worrall
In Press Prison architecture and institutional misconduct. Crime and Delinquency (doi: 10.1177/0011128710386204)
Orrick, Erin A., and Robert G. Morris
In Press Do technical violators post a public safety threat? The case of inmate misconduct. Crime and Delinquency
Weir, H., Daniel M. Stewart, and Robert G. Morris
2012 Problematic alcohol consumption by police officers and other protective service employees. Journal of Criminal Justices 40: 72-82.
Diamond, B., Robert G. Morris, and Jonathan Caudill
2011 Sustaining families, dissuading crime: The effectiveness of a family preservation program. Journal of Criminal Justices 39: 338-343.
Amanda Russell, M.S.
Amanda Russell-Kaplan earned her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2006, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant. Upon graduating, she returned to California to work as a crime analyst for Santa Maria Police Department.
Amanda is currently a fourth year Criminology doctoral student. Her research interests include police administration and behavior, criminal justice policy, and program evaluation.