Skip to main content

We’ve Added Five Stellar New Faculty!

The School of Justice Studies is excited and proud to announce the addition of five new outstanding faculty to our already exceptional faculty just in the last two years. Due to a number of recent retirements, and continued growth in our degree programs, we have attracted a group of the best and brightest recent graduates in the field of criminal justice / criminology. We hope you have an opportunity take one of their cutting-edge courses!


Kishonna Gray completed her PhD in Justice Studies at Arizona State University.  Her dissertation examined the intersecting experiences of women of color in XBox Live, a virtual gaming community.  Broadly, her research interests surround critical race feminisms, virtual deviance, and immigration in rural areas. She notes: "I've come full circle. I started at EKU and hope to retire at EKU.  I'm just glad I can share what I've learned and experienced with students who are willing to learn."  


Avi Brisman received a B.A. from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law (Hartford, CT), and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University (Atlanta, GA).  Mr. Brisman's research interests include the anthropology of law, critical criminology, cultural criminology, and green criminology.  He has recently completed a co-edited volume, with Dr. Nigel South of the University of Essex, entitled The Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology, which will be published in Summer 2012.  


Kristie R. Blevins received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  She is an accomplished academic with a strong record of high quality teaching and research. Her research interests include crime prevention, corrections, and the occupational reactions of criminal justice employees.  Her recent work can be found in the Journal of Correctional Rehabilitation, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Deviant Behavior.



Judah Schept has a background in community organizing which informs and inspires his scholarship and pedagogy. As an ethnographer interested in studying—and intervening in—the prison complex, Judah’s research attempts to illuminate the community representations, enactments, and contestations of mass incarceration. Judah teaches undergraduate classes on social control, law and society, and social movements and resistance and a graduate class on qualitative methods. Judah completed his PhD in 2011 at Indiana University, where he was also active in community efforts for jail reform and local food sustainability.


Dr. Tyler Wall received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies, an interdisciplinary degree from Arizona State University.   His main research and theoretical interests focus on the cultural, political, and spatial dynamics of the relations between the state, violence, social control, power, and everyday life, especially in the context of the “war on terror.” His writing and research on these issues is a critical engagement with the cultural logics and material practices of state crime and violence, the social construction of hierarchies of human value and worth, the intensification of surveillance, militarization, and securitization, and the politics of space, place, and territory.

Published on July 10, 2012

Open /*deleted href=#openmobile*/