Faculty - Police Studies


Kristie Blevins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Education: Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice

Email: Kristie.Blevins@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-6869

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Corrections
  • The occupational reactions of criminal justice employees
  • Crime prevention
  • She has also teamed with local law enforcement agencies to study theft, robberies, and prostitution


Dr. Blevins’ work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • International Journal of Police Science and Management

She has also co-authored and co-edited chapters in: 

  • Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory and Transformative Justice: Critical and Peacemaking Themes Influenced by Richard Quinney

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association

Carole Garrison, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

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Education: Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Public Administration with Criminal Justice Concentration

Email: Carole.Garrison@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-0000


Dr. Garrison co-authored a chapteron the "Realities of Police Women" in Women, Law and Social Control (2005).

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Former Director of the University of Akron's Women's Studies Program
  • Former Chair, Eastern Kentucky University Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies
  • Appointed in 1990 to the Department of Defense committee on Women in the Military (DACOWTS)
  • Served as a District Electoral Supervisor in Cambodia from 1992-1993 as part of the UN peacekeeping mission, UNTAC
  • Served as the Executive Director of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, a coordinating network of all humanitarian and development NGOs in Cambodia
  • Served as a consultant to Natural Farm Nepal (NAFAN)


  • Atlanta (GA) Bureau of Police Services Award for Distinguished Service
  • "Outstanding Faculty" recognition from The University of Akron's Board of Trustees in 1987, 1991 and 1992

David Hobson, Credentials

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Education: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, M.S. Eastern Kentucky University

Email: David.Hobson@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-0000

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Training Administrator for the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
  • University of Kentucky Police Department, former police officer
  • Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training 
  • Law enforcement and public safety training academy accreditation assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Stephen Kappeler, Credentials
Senior Lecturer

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Education: B.S. Central Missouri State University, M.A. Radford University

Email: Stephen.Kappeler@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-6710


Dr. Kappeler’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • The American Journal of Police
  • Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences


  • EKU’s Distinguished Educational Leader Award
  • EKU’s Excellence in Leadership Award
  • EKU’s Service Outside the Classroom Award

Victor Kappeler, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Justice and Safety And Foundation Professor

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Education: Ph.D. Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice


Phone: 859-622-3565

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Crime and political economy
  • Social construction of crime
  • Ideology and crime, crime and popular culture
  • Police deviance and corruption


  • 2006 Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2005 Outstanding Criminal Justice Alumnus Award from Sam Houston State University
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology for “sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and/or service in the field of critical criminology”

Deborah Louis, Ph.D.

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Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University


Phone: 859-622-0000

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Strengthening families
  • Improving community support services
  • Ensuring that all community sectors have a voice in the decisions affecting their lives

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Independent community development planning consultant
  • Public interest advocate
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Community policing
  • Diversity training
  • Police brutality investigations
  • Advising crime victims
  • Advocacy for and evaluation of civilian review systems
  • Negotiations in the context of civil disobedience

Derek Paulsen, Ph.D.

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Education: Ph.D. Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice


Phone: 859-622-2906

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Spatial aspects of crime
  • The impact of urban planning and development on crime patterns


Dr. Paulsen’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling  
  • International Journal of Police Science and Management

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Director of EKU’s Center for Crime and the Built Environment

Gary Potter, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Justice and Safety

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Education: Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Community Systems Planning and Development with an emphasis in Criminal Justice


Phone: 859-622-7884

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Transnational organized crime
  • Human trafficking and the sex industry
  • Drug trafficking by teenagers in rural Kentucky


Dr. Potter’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Crime, Law and Social Change
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review

He has also authored eight books including: 

  • Drugs in Society
  • Criminal Organizations
  • Organized Crime
  • Controversies in White Collar Crime

Judah Schept, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Education: Ph.D. Indiana University


Phone: 859-622-0000

Research/Academic Interests:

  • The prison industrial complex
  • Social movements and resistance
  • Ethnography
  • Cultural criminology
  • Transformative justice
  • Law and society

Glenn Skeens, Credentials

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Education: B.S. Roger Williams University, M.S. Eastern Kentucky University


Phone: 859-622-0000

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • City of Owensboro Police Department, former police chief and officer
  • FBI National Academy graduate
  • Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Criminal Justice Executive Development and the School of Strategic Leadership graduate
  • Certified Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Instructor
  • Appointed in 2007 to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council 
  • Twenty four year veteran of law enforcement

Military Service: United States Marine Corps

Irina Soderstrom, Ph.D.

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Education: B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Educational Psychology/Statistics and Measurement 


Phone: 859-622-1156

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Statistics
  • Research methods
  • Research seminar 
  • Program evaluation
  • Evaluative research onparole programs, boot camps, correctional industries, teen courts and school safety

Ken Tunnell, Ph.D.

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Education: Ph.D. Georgia State University, Research, Measurement, and Statistics


Phone: 859-622-1984

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Field research
  • Cultural criminology
  • Rural crime
  • Visual sociology


Dr. Tunnell’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology
  • Social Justice
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Journal of Criminal Justice Education
  •  Journal of Popular Culture

He has also authored eight books including: 

  • Pissing on Demand
  • Living Off Crime  
  • Political Crime in Contemporary America