Associate Research Fellows

Raymond Barranco
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Raymond E. Barranco is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from Louisiana State university and is working with Dr. Edward Shihadeh as a research assistant. His current research intersets include immigration, crime, and religion, volunteering, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Ashley Barras
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Ashley Barras is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Sociology with a focus on Criminology from Louisiana State University. She works as a research assistant for Dr. Mark Schafer, and her interests include religion, deviance, criminology, and rural and racial violence. She recently completed her Master’s Essay entitled “Rural Racial Invariance: Examining Racial Crime in Rural Areas,” under the direction of Dr. Edward Shihadeh, which explored differences in homicide rates between blacks and whites in rural and urban areas.

Emily Berthelot
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Emily Berthelot is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Matthew R. Lee and Dr. Troy C. Blanchard. Her dissertation, which is funded by the competitive LSU Graduate School dissertation improvement fellowship, develops a multi-level explanation of homicide in the United States by integrating community-level and individual-level theories of crime. In 2007, she completed her master's thesis examining the influence of the enduring culture of the Scots-Irish on the Southern culture of violence and in 2008 she completed her comprehensive examination. She is interested in several areas within criminology including: violent offending and victimization, homicide studies, subcultures of violence, rural and urban crime, race/ethnicity and crime, macro criminology, and quantitative research methods.

Michael Bisciglia
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Michael Bisiglia is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. He is currently working on a dissertation proposal, with an expected completion date in 2006. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between Hispanic culture and instances of crime at a macro level. Related to this issue are the structural differences in communities occupied by Hispanics, African Americans and Whites. In addition to focusing on Hispanics and Crime, he also has a broader research interest concerning racial and ethnic inequality in the United States and how these can affect the structural components of society.

Timothy Brown
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Timothy C. Brown is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology from Louisiana State University. He obtained his Master’s degree from Louisiana State University and has passed his general examination. Currently he is working on his dissertation proposal which focuses on the effects of the off-shore oil extraction industry on the social fabric of St. Mary Parish, LA. Timothy’s research interests include criminology, deviance, and social capital/network literature. His research utilizes both qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies.

Anna Cutlip
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Anna Cutlip is working on a PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. Her research interests involve social control (police and corrections), deviance, and law. In addition, she is currently working as a research assistant with the Southern Anti-Terrorist Regional Training Academy. Anna is the Sociology Graduate Student Association Vice President.

Julia D'Antonio
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Julia D'Antonio is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Sociology. Her research interests include violence and crime, religion, gender, and the family. Specifically, research for her Master’s Essay focuses on the Southern culture of violence in Louisiana, and is directed by Dr. Matthew R. Lee. Beginning in the fall of 2007, She will also be working with Michael Bisciglia, as the instructor for the undergraduate statistics lab. Julia is the Sociology Graduate Student Association Treasurer.

Jessica Doucet
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Jessica Doucet is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. HEr interests include criminology, deviance, and family issues, particularly family violence. She will conduct her Master's Essay work under the direction of Dr. Matthew R. Lee.

Chantel Dufrene
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Chantel Dufrene is a PhD student in Sociology at Louisiana State University. She obtained her B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Louisiana State University and her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. Her interests include criminology, deviance, and gender issues.

Chanika R. Jones
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Chanika Jones is a Ph. D. student in the Sociology Department at Louisiana State University in her second year of study. She recently completed the M. A. in Sociology with a concentration in criminology. Utilizing mixed methodologies, her dissertation proposal focuses on a comparison of patterns of offending for males and females, a macro-level analysis. Additionally, she has a M. A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in African/African-American Studies. These two combined fields of study contribute to her research interests in race and crime, and Diaspora Studies.

Ginesse A. Listi
Graduate Student in Anthropology
Tulane University

Ginesse A. Listi completed a bachelor's degree in General Studies at LSU in 1994 and a master's degree in Anthropology at LSU in 1997. She is currently working on her PhD in Anthropology from Tulane University. She worked at the LSU FACES Laboratory as a research associate and assistant to Mary H. Manhein from 1995 to 1999. She returned to the FACES Lab in 2001, where she assists in all aspects of forensic case work and related research. She is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, the Paleopathology Association, and the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Mark O. Melder
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Mark is a Ph. D. candidate in the Sociology department at Louisiana State University, currently working on his dissertation proposal. His dissertation topic is intimate partner homicide, specifically the racial disparity in the SROK and the structural factors that contribute to the over-representation of black females among perpetrators. Other areas of interest include deviant groups, theory, and qualitative methods.

Tania Pal
Graduate Student in Geography
Louisiana State University

Tania Pal is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at Louisiana State University. Her major research interests right now focus on Geographic Profiling and Journey to Crime analyses.

Le'Brian Patrick
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Le’Brian A. Patrick is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sociology. His research interests include criminology, in particular recidivism and reintegration of the female prisoner; gender studies, concentrating on the experience of the GLBT community within Louisiana. His Master’s research focuses on the location weaknesses in the female criminal rehabilitative and reintegration processes and a creation of suggested solutions to prevent recidivism of the female criminal. His research is under the direction of Dr. Matthew R. Lee. Le’Brian will also be functioning as the President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Jessica Simpson
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Jessica Simpson is a Ph.D student in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. Her main areas of interest are criminology and deviance. She is working on several different research topics that include runaways, flesh suspensions, and bail bondsmen. She recently completed her Master’s Thesis.

Johanna M. Thomas
Graduate Student in Social Work
Louisiana State University

Johanna M. Thomas, MSW. recieved her Master's degree in Social Work in 2006 and is currently pursuing her Ph. D. in Social Work from Louisiana State University. She is currently working with the Office of Social Service Research and Development with the LSU School of Social Work on several grant supported projects. Johanna has practice experience in the fields of juvenile probation and social work in a correctional setting. Her current research interests include juvenile delinquency and adult criminality.

Shaun A. Thomas
Graduate Student in Sociology
Louisiana State University

Shaun A. Thomas is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from Louisiana State University and is working with Dr. Matthew R. Lee as a Research Assistant. He recently completed his thesis examining the macro level association between Community Oriented Policing and rates of violent crime. His current research interests include macro-criminology and violence, the Southern subculture of violence, fear of crime, community cohesion, deviance, and policing.