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The Criminal Justice Faculty

Kevin Cannon

Kevin Cannon, Chair

Office: Peck Hall 1206

Phone (618) 650-3295


Ann Dirks Linhorst

Ann Dirks Linhorst, J.D./Ph.D., Professor

Office: Peck Hall 1211

Phone: (618) 650-5694


Curriculum Vita

Ekaterinca Gorislavsky

Ekaterina Gorislavsky, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor

Office: Peck Hall 1208

Phone: 618-650-3713


Erin Heil

Erin Heil, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Heil received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. Her teaching and research interests deliberate upon labor trafficking, immigration issues, criminal law, and law enforcement. Erin has published in Critical CriminologyFeminist Criminology, Advances in Sociology Research, and Contemporary Justice Review. Her expertise in human trafficking is regularly requested at congressional summits, human trafficking conferences, public forums, and training events. She is the author of Sex Slaves and Serfs (2012), co-author of Human Trafficking in the Midwest (2015), and is currently co-editing Broadening the Scope of Human Trafficking (Forthcoming, 2016).

Office: Peck Hall 1210

Phone (618) 650-5172


Curriculum Vita

Dr. Dennis Mares

Dennis Mares, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Office: Peck Hall 0210

Phone: (618) 650-5118


Trish Oberweis

Trish Oberweis, Ph.D., Professor

Dr. Oberweis received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University's School of Justice Studies in 1999.  Her teaching interests center on drug policy and gender issues in criminal justice, as well as the intersection of law and society.  Her approach engages with contemporary policy around course topics, so courses integrate current issues and news.  She has published in The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Law and Social Inquiry, Journal of Gang Research, Journal of Drug Issues, Chronicle for Higher Education, American Journal of Criminal Justice, The Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, and elsewhere on a variety of topics.  She is author of Knowing Rights.   Dr. Oberweis is a dog person.  

Office: Peck Hall 1231

Phone: (618) 650-3292


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Matt Petrocelli, Ph.D., Professor

Dr. Petrocelli's academic credentials include a BS from the United States Military Academy (West Point), an MCJ from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado (Denver) and a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.  Dr. Petrocelli has conducted extensive research on policing in America and his studies on racial profiling are considered seminal works in the field. He is the author of two books on policing, one of which (Anatomy of a Motor Vehicle Stop) has been adopted as a police academy text at numerous departments, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).   His work has been widely published in such influential journals as Police Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Gang Research and Policing:  An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management.  He is currently working on a new book which examines the controversial law enforcement tactic of stop and frisk.

Office: Peck Hall 1234

Phone: (618) 650-3296


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Rachel Cousert, MS.,  Instructor

Ms. Cousert received her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the Univeristy of Cincinnati in 2006. Her experience includes working as an adult and juvenile probation officer in Sangamon County, Springfield, IL from 2007 until 2017.  Her particular interests in the field of criminal justice include evidence based practices in community corrections and high risk juvenile delinquents. Courses she has taught include introduction to criminal justice, introduction to law enforcement, introduction to corrections, criminal law, juvenile justice, and community corrections.

Office: Peck Hall 1203

Phone: 618-650-3713


Dr. Hugh Barlow, Professor Emeritus

Hugh Barlow, Professor Emeritus

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