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Dr. Lorraine Samuels

Dr. Samuels is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. She holds a doctorate degree from Prairie View A & M University and was the first female in the country to earn a doctorate of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice. In addition, Dr. Samuels has a Masters in Juvenile Justice and a Masters in Business Administration.

Dr. Samuels has taught a wide cross-section of courses (both online and traditional format) in the field including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Internship in Criminal Justice, Probation and Parole, Corrections and Rights,  American Court System, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Police Practice and Procedures, Crime Prevention and Gangs & Law Enforcement.

Dr. Samuels research has include The ADAM project (a drug research program of the National Institute of Justice), Tobacco Prevention Initiative Project (evaluation of law enforcement and judges’ attitudes in enforcing tobacco laws) and immigration and deportation issues (as they relate to criminality and delinquency). Her research interests include children of the incarcerated and children of the deported criminal alien.

Dr. Samuels’ publications include Sexually Offending Youth in a State Detention Facility, International Journal of Academic Research (2009);  Difference in Parenting Style between African American Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Parent (2002) and Mentoring Programs (2002).  Among presentations made at national conferences are: The Juvenile Justice System, Protecting our Children: are we doing enough (2009); The Utility of Student Evaluation: Proposed Changes (2008); Synthesizing the Criminal Justice and Criminology Curriculum, the creation of a capstone course  criminal justice degree (2007).

Dr. Samuels is an active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


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Role: Chair of the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: 512.505.6477
Office: J-M-219