Ph.D. Students


Ph.D. Students
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Mohammed Alqahtani

Mohammad Alqahtani is currently a student in the Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Miami and an MS in Justice, Law, and Criminology, with a concentration on justice and public policy, from the American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include national security, juvenile delinquency, cyber terrorism, crime prevention and policy implication.

Email:  Malqa021@fiu.edu

 

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Priscilla Aybar

Priscilla is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Research Assistant in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. She holds a BA in International Criminal Justice with a double minor in Political Science & Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a MA in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University. Her professional experience includes corporate and political digital advertising. She led the first digital anti-fraud initiative for her party’s congressional campaign committee across 40+ congressional districts during the 2020 midterm election cycle. Her research interests include Cyber Organized Crime and National Security.

Email:  Payba001@fiu.edu 

 

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Charlie Berichi

Charlie Berichi is a doctoral student in the International Crime and Justice Program and serves as an adjunct instructor at FIU. His research focuses on aviation security, anti-terrorism, and policing.

Email:  cberi001@fiu.edu

 

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Enrique Chavez

Enrique Chavez is a Ph.D. student in the ICJ Program at Florida International University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from FIU. Enrique has dedicated the last (28) years to the law enforcement profession and has also served as an adjunct instructor for the last (6) years, in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at FIU. His research interests include racial profiling, terrorism, homicides and gender inequalities.

Email:  echav001@fiu.edu

 

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Kevin Daly

Kevin is a Ph.D. student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration. In addition, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. His current research interests include transnational crime, terrorism, and national security.

Email:  kdaly003@fiu.edu

 

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 Maricé Diaz

Maricé is a Ph.D. student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from FIU, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University, and is pursuing an A.S. in Crime Scene Tech - Forensic Science at Miami Dade College. Her research interests include the intersectionality of psychology and criminal justice as it pertains to the sexualization of violence, cybercrime, intelligence analysis, interrogation techniques, and forensics. 

 Email:  mdiaz104@fiu.edu 

 

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Wendy Dressler

Wendy holds a BS in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University and an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her professional experience includes fifteen years of reentry program compliance and management. Her research interests include the nexus of drug trafficking/human trafficking/terrorism and drug trafficking effects on children.

Email:  wdres003@fiu.edu

 

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Britanee E. Kane

Britanee is a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice program at FIU. She obtained her B.A. and M.S. degrees in criminal justice in Michigan at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include reintegration studies, restorative justice, human trafficking, and juvenile justice. She currently works for the Department of Criminology and Criminal justice as a research/teaching assistant and adjunct instructor.

Email:  bkane004@fiu.edu

 

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Giselle Kleiban

Giselle is a Ph.D. student in the ICJ Program at Florida International University. She holds an A.A. in a Criminal Justice Pathway from MDC and a B.A. in Psychology with Minors in Forensic Studies and Honors from Nova Southeastern University. She worked as a Crime Scene Technician for approximately two years at the Hialeah Police Department. Her current research interests include murder-suicides, intimate partner violence, homicides, and racial profiling.

Email:  gklei011@fiu.edu

 

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Gabriella Lazazzara

Gabriella is currently a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program. She is also working towards obtaining a Graduate National Security certificate. Gabriella hold a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. Her research interests include juvenile crime, restorative justice, and prosecutor biases in the criminal justice system. She currently works as a research assistant at the Center for the Administration of Justice.

Email:  glaza010@fiu.edu

 

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 Alexandra Lebron

Alexandra is a doctoral student in International Crime and Justice and a graduate assistant with the Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership at FIU. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.Sc. in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. Her research interests include conservation criminology, women and crime, and Indigenous rights.

alebr017@fiu.edu 

 

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Angel Lee

Angel Lee is a PhD student at Florida International University's International Crime and Justice program. Human trafficking, public corruption, civil rights, and local and international terrorism are among her research interests.

Email: alee148@fiu.edu 

 

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Chelsea Lopez

Chelsea is currently a Ph.D. student in the International Crime and Justice Program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University, a M.S in Forensic Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and a Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include sentencing, jury selection, restorative justice, cybercrime, and crime and the media.

Email: clope302@fiu.edu 

 

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Dylan Matthews

Dylan is a PhD student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Criminal Justice, and a M.S. in Public Administration. His research interests include criminal justice reform, human rights research, and the application of geographic information systems in social research. He currently works as a graduate research assistant on the  Data-Informed Prosecution Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Email:  dmatt001@fiu.edu

 

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Patrick Moricette

Patrick is a second-year doctoral student at FIU and is currently serving as a teaching assistant. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). His areas of interest include corrections, human trafficking, the effects of traditional bullying and cyberbullying on Haitian immigrants, and the effects of predatory/forced marriage on undocumented Haitians. He will be the first in his family to obtain a PhD.

Email:  pmori004@fiu.edu

 

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Doug Partin

Doug Partin is currently a Ph.D. Candidate and graduate assistant in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Psychology, from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. His current research interests include health criminology and cyber crime and victimization.

Email:  rpartin@fiu.edu

 

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Kimberly Przeszlowski

Kimberly Przeszlowski is currently a doctoral student and research assistant in the International Crime and Justice Program at Florida International University. Kimberly holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Lynn University and a MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include translational and comparative criminology, place-based prevention strategies, and the utilization of evidence-based research within policing institutions.

Email:  kprze001@fiu.edu

 

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Madhuri Sharma

Having earned BA.LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M (Criminology) Law Degrees from India, Madhuri Sharma did her M.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati, OH. Currently, she is a first year doctoral student. With more than 40 research papers including 10 publications in her academic basket, her concentrated interests lie in international criminal justice systems and processes in relation to both criminals and victims.

Email:  mshar056@fiu.edu

 

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Rachel Silverthorn

Rachel is a Ph.D. student in the International Crime and Justice Program at FIU. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Washington University, where she was a McNair Scholar. Her research interests include judicial proceedings and treatment of defendants and offenders within the criminal justice system. Rachel currently works as a graduate research assistant in the Center for the Administration of Justice.

Email: rsilv104@fiu.edu

 

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Troy Teresak

Troy is currently a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant in the International Crime and Justice program at FIU. He holds an M.S. in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lock Haven University. His current research interests include juvenile delinquency, victimology, gender inequalities, crime prevention, and racial biases.

Email:  ttere004@fiu.edu