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Justin W. Patchin
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University (Criminal Justice)
  • M.S., Michigan State University (Criminal Justice)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior (Sociology-Criminal Justice)
Teaching Interests
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
Research Interests
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Online Social Networking
  • School Violence
  • Juvenile Justice

Justin W. Patchin joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice that year from Michigan State University. Since 2002, he has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking, and sexting. He travels around the United States and abroad training educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, parents, and youth on how to prevent and respond to adolescent misuses of technology. He regularly teaches Survey of the Criminal Justice System (CRMJ 103), Criminology Theory (CRMJ 301), Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice (CRMJ 302), and Teen Technology Misuse (CRMJ 359) but has also taught several other courses related to youth violence and juvenile delinquency.

Jason Spraitz
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Criminology)
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Criminal Justice)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Criminal Justice)
Teaching Interests
  • Crime Prevention
  • Research Methods
  • Crime and Equality
Research Interests
  • Clergy Sexual Abuse
  • Techniques of Neutralization
  • SORN Laws
  • Faculty Advisor, Criminal Justice Association
  • Second Vice President, Midwestern Criminal Justice Association
  • Co-Founder, Clergy Abuse Research Consortium
Ming-Li Hsieh
  • Ph.D., Washington State University (Criminal Justice and Criminology)
  • M.A., Washington State University (Criminal Justice)
  • M.S.M., University of Houston-Downtown (Security Management)
  • B.A., Chinese Culture University, Taipei, R.O.C. (Japanese Language and Literature)
Teaching Interests
  • Research Methods
  • Criminology
  • Statistics
  • Women in the Justice System
  • Crime Control Policies
Research Interests
  • Risk Assessment Instruments in Parole/Probation Decisions  
  • Institutional and Community Corrections
  • Interdisciplinary and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Gender and Crime

Ming-Li Hsieh joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in the Fall of 2016 after receiving her Ph.D. degree in criminal justice and criminology from Washington State University. In addition, she is an affiliated researcher with the Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice (WSICJ) and is currently working on projects involving crime mapping and management as well as other data collection and analysis designs. In addition to presenting papers at professional conferences such as Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and American Society of Criminology (ASC), her recent publications have appeared in a number of well-respected journals including Feminist Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy Review, International Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. She has also co-authored a textbook for Wolters/Kluwer with Marilyn McShane, Women in Criminal Justice. 

Randall Beger
  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • B.A., Carthage College
Teaching Interests
  • Youth crime and juvenile justice
  • Police in society
  • Correctional systems
Research Interests
  • Legal rights of juveniles
  • Police militarization
  • Race, crime and juvenile justice case screening
  •  Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator
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