University of Southern Indiana

Melinda Roberts

Melinda Roberts

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Department

Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
College of Liberal Arts


812-461-5475
Liberal Arts Center - 3003

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, offender reentry, and violence against women.  She published a book entitled “Gender Attitudes and Violence Against Women”, and more recently she has published three articles with her colleague Dr. Melissa Stacer entitled, "Reversing the trend: The role of mentoring in offender reentry", “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 the Southwest Indiana Regional Coalition Against Trafficking.  She has received several awards including the Sydney L. & Sadelle Berger Faculty Community Service Award and the Phenomenal Woman of USI and the Community Award.  Melinda can be reached at mrroberts1@usi.edu.

 

Academic Interests

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

 

Education

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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