Criminal Justice Faculty

All criminal justice faculty members have terminal degrees from top criminal justice/law schools, and/or have distinguished careers in the criminal justice field. Faculty research focuses on comparative policing, homeland security, attitudes toward police, and issues surrounding women and crime and other research areas. Faculty members serve as consultants to various local, state, federal, and international agencies.

Yolander G. Hurst

Dr. Hurst’s interests center on juvenile perceptions and experiences related to the criminal justice system, and issues surrounding gender and crime. Recent research with youths in the Midwest has led to a series of articles on the determinants of juveniles’ attitudes towards the police, and a comparative analysis of black and white youths’ attitudes and perceptions of police treatment. Dr. Hurst has also published articles related to the criminal justice ideology of youths and the experiences and attitudes of teenage girls as they relate to the justice system. Dr. Hurst’s research on women in the criminal justice system includes a book chapter and a current research project that explore rehabilitative programs available to women.

Kam C. Wong

Professor Kam C. Wong, J.D., Ph.D., specializes in comparative law and policing, focusing on Hong Kong and China. He has served as a legal and policing expert consultant/trainer with U.N, Canada, Britain, China, Hong Kong, and international media (CNN, Reuters, AP, Wasington Post, China Daily, etc.). He has published more than 10 books and 100 articles/chapters in 10 countries.

Cheryl Lero Jonson

Dr. Jonson’s current research interests focus in the impact of prison on recidivism, incentivizing justice, the use of meta-analysis to organize criminological knowledge, prison conditions, and active shooter response. She has several publications, including Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences and The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future.

Ronald Springman

Dr. Springman is a clinical faculty member who teaches primarily law courses. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and before the Unites States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has been a prosecutor for more than 25 years, and for the last 11 years has served as Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Hamilton County in addition to teaching at Xavier.

Travis Brown

Mr. Brown has served more than 20 years in law enforcement as a State Trooper, Detective, and Specialist, and is currently a Deputy Sheriff specializing in court security. He also acted as a Field Training Officer for 18 years, and brings all of this experience to students in areas of study such as criminal behavior, community policing, police policy legitimacy, deadly force, police policy, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Brown’s research interests include rural policing, furthering policy legitimacy, and emergency responder communications.

J. Wayne McFarland

Mr. McFarland has more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field, including 21 years of Juvenile Court experience, five years of active military law enforcement, correctional facility security, general security, and two years in retail loss prevention. He is trained and experienced in correctional and law enforcement supervision, management, and training; and in the conduct of inspections and investigations. Areas of teaching emphasis include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Justice Administration.