University of Southern Indiana

Melinda Roberts

Melinda Roberts

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Department

Director of Gender Studies
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts Center - 3020

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment


Melinda R. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of Gender Studies at the University of Southern Indiana.   She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.  Her research interests are in the areas of courts, law, and violence against women.  She published a book entitled “Gender Attitudes and Violence Against Women” and more recently she has published two articles with her colleague Dr. Melissa Stacer entitled, “Evaluating a faith-based diversion and reentry program: Who graduates and who is rearrested?” and “In their own words: Offenders’ perspectives on their participation in a faith-based diversion and reentry program”.  Melinda serves on several boards including the Evansville Police Department’s Promotional Board, WillowTree of Posey County (a sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy organization), and has done extensive research on Churches Embracing Offenders (an offender reentry organization).  She has received several awards including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from Washington State University and several research awards from the University of Southern Indiana including the Liberal Arts Research Award.  Melinda can be reached at


Academic Interests

  • Courts and Law
  • Violence Against Women
  • Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Offender Reentry



Washington State University, Spokane and Pullman, Washington.  Ph.D., Criminal Justice, 2009.

  • Dissertation: Violence against women: The dynamics associated with traditional gender attitudes and social capital. 
  • Academic Interests: Gender and Race Issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Social Capital, Criminal Courts

Washington State University, Spokane, Washington.  M.A., Criminal Justice, 2005. 

  • Master’s Essay: Domestic Homicide: An Assessment of the Risk Factors and Motives

Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee.  B.A., Major: Political Science, Minor: Sociology, 2003.

  • Undergraduate Thesis: The Indo-Pakistani conflict: The continuing battle over Kashmir.

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