Department of Homeland Security Fellow Madeline Brice with faculty advisor Brent Smith

Faculty/Student Collaborations

The MA program in Sociology provides many opportunities for graduate students to become involved in our faculty’s research.

In recent years, several of our graduate students and faculty members published co-authored articles and/or presented their work at professional conferences. Many of these collaborations are related to the thesis projects undertaken by our students.

In addition, our graduate students gain research experience by helping faculty members with the data collection, data analysis, and becoming otherwise involved in individual faculty’s projects or research teams led by our faculty.

The following examples provide some ideas of the types of publications and research projects undertaken by our graduate students and faculty members:

Dr. Mindy Bradley

2016    Crawford, Brandon* & Mindy S. Bradley. “Parent Gender and Differences in Child Abuse and Neglect Case Outcomes.” Children and Youth Services Review. 65: 224-230.


2015    Harris, Casey, Mindy S. Bradley, Megan Handley, & Steven Worden. “Religion, Age, and Violence at the Macro-level: Do Religious Traditions Differentially Impact Juvenile and Adult Violence?” Sociological Spectrum. 35: 372-392.


2013    McKinzie, Ashleigh & Mindy S. Bradley. “Deviance Redefined: Social Control in an Anti-Authority Subculture.” Deviant Behavior 34: 599-617.

2016    Walton, Allishia & Mindy S. Bradley. “Predictors of Victim Decision-making Among Victims of Sexual Assault”. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting. Denver, Co.


2016    Allen, Eric & Mindy S. Bradley.  “The Effects of Respondent, Victim, and Perpetrator Gender on Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence Criminality and Harm.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA.


2014    Handley, Megan, Mindy S. Bradley, & Rodney Engen. “A Multistate Comparison of Correctional ‘Good Time Policies’ and Time Served.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.


2014    Harris, Casey, Mindy S. Bradley, Megan Handley, & Steven Worden. “Religion, Age, and Violence at the Macro-level: Do Religious Traditions Differentially Impact Juvenile and Adult Violence?” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.


2013    Bradley, Mindy S., Rodney L. Engen, Chris Shields, Kelly R. Damphousse, & Brent L. Smith. “The Time Penalty: The Role of Time to Conviction on Plea vs. Trial Disparities in Sentencing.” Featured in Justice Quarterly special session “New Directions in Sentencing Research.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dallas, TX.

Dr. Grant Drawve

Drawve, Grant, Jonathan Grubb, Hannah Steinman, and Michelle Belongie. Forthcoming. “Enhancing Data-Driven Law Enforcement Efforts: Exploring How Risk Terrain Modeling and Conjunctive Analysis Fit in a Crime and Traffic Safety Framework.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, [Online First-2018].


Drawve, Grant, Michelle Belongie, and Hannah Steinman. 2018. “The Role of Crime Analyst and Researcher Partnerships: A Training Exercise in Green Bay, Wisconsin.” Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 12(3): 277-287.

Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick

Woodring, David*, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey Gruenwald, and Brent Smith. 2018. “Domestic Terrorism and Digital Media: Planning in Cyberspace.” In: Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization. (Ed.) John Vacca. Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press.


 Willis, Don* and Kevin M. Fitzpatrick. 2018. “Poverty, Food Insecurity and Youth Health Outcomes.” Pps: 79-91. In: Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America’s Poor. Eds: Leslie Hossfield, E. Brook Kelley and Julie Waity. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.


 Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Xuan Shi, Don Willis*, and Jill Neimeier*. 2018. “Obesity and Place: Chronic Disease in the U.S. 500 Largest Cities.” Obesity Research and Clinical Practice Volume 12, Issue 5, pp. 421-425.


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Xuan Shi, Don Willis*, and Jill Neimeier*. 2018. “Letter: Response to Feldman.” Obesity Research and Clinical Practice Volume 12, Issue 5, pp. 403-404.


Willis, Don* and Kevin M. Fitzpatrick. 2017. “Food Insecurity and Social Capital Among Middle School Students.” Youth & Society. As of August 15, 2017. DOI:10.1177/ys0000725


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Don Willis*. 2017. “Risks, Resources, and Depressive Symptomatology Among Marshallese Adolescents.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 

As of June 29, 2017. DOI:10.1037/ort0000288.


O’Connor, Gail and Kevin M. Fitzpatrick. 2016. “Do Place and Time Make a Difference? Examining Quality of Life among Homeless Persons in Northwest Arkansas and Birmingham.” Journal of Community Mental Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-016-0050-2. 


Willis, Don and Kevin M. Fitzpatrick. 2016. “Psychosocial Factors As Mediators of Food Insecurity and Obesity Among Middle School Students” Appetite. 103: 236-243.


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Don Willis. 2016. “Parent/Student Risk and Protective Factors in Understanding Early Adolescent’s BMI.” Journal of Early Adolescence 36: 510-526. 


 Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Don Willis (Eds.) 2015. Place-Based Perspectives of Food in Society. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan. ISBN: 978–1–137–40836–5. 


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Brad Myrstol, Elizabeth Miller. 2015. Do Context and Resources Matter? Examining the Mental Health among Homeless People.” Journal of Community Mental Health. 51: 215-221. 

Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Don Willis*. 2017. “Risks, Resources, and Depressive Symptomatology Among Marshallese Adolescents.” Presented at the American Sociological Association Meetings, Montreal, Canada (August).

Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Jill Neimeier*. 2018. A Systematic Evaluation of the Seeds that Feed Program. Community and Family Institute. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.


 Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Stephanie Collier. 2016. 2016 Community and Family Institute Springdale Report: Nutrition, Food Security and Health Among 10-12th Grade Students. Community and Family Institute. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Stephanie Collier, and Gail O’Connor. 2015. A Comprehensive Examination of Homelessness in Washington and Benton Counties. Community and Family Institute. University of Arkansas.


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Gail O’Connor. 2015. Assessing Income Eligibility for Statewide Assistance: Staying Off the Cliff’s Edge. Community and Family Institute (University of Arkansas).


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Patricia Herzog, Gail O’Connor, and Stephanie Collier. 2014. Jones Center Assessment: Census, Visitors, and Non-Profit Partners. Community and Family Institute, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.


Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Stephanie Collier. 2014. Fayetteville High School Photo Project: Community. Community and Family Institute. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Dr. Jeffrey Gruenewald

Gruenewald, J., Klein, B., Parkin, W., Freilich, J.D., & Chermak, S. (2019). A situated comparison of suicide and non-suicide terrorist plots and homicides in the United States, 1990-2014. Crime & Delinquency, 65(9), 1187-1217.


Gruenewald, J., Klein, B.R., Drawve, G., Smith, B.L., & Ratcliff, K. (2019). Suspicious preoperational activities and law enforcement interdiction of terrorist plots. Policing: An International Journal, 41(1), 89-107.


Klein, B.R., Gruenewald, J., Chermak, S.M., Freilich, J.D. (2018). A mixed-methods examination of law enforcement investigatory strategies used in jihadi and far-right foiled terrorist plots before and after 9/11. Forthcoming in Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology.


Klein, B.R., Gruenewald, J., & Smith, B.L. (2017). Opportunity, group structure, temporal patterns, and successful outcomes of far-right terrorism incidents in the United States. Crime & Delinquency, 63(10), 1224-1249.


Gruenewald, J., Dooley, K.M.G., Suttmoeller, M.J., Chermak, S., & Freilich, J.D. (2016). A mixed-method analysis of fatal attacks on police by far-right extremists. Police Quarterly, 19(2), 216-245.


Gruenewald, J., Allison, K., & Klein, B. (2015). Assessing the attractiveness and vulnerability of eco-terrorism targets. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 38(6), 433-455.


Kelley, K., & Gruenewald, J. (2015). Accomplishing masculinity through anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homicide. Men & Masculinities, 18, 3-29.          


Gruenewald, J., & Kelley, K. (2014). Exploring Anti-LGBT homicide by mode of victim selection. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 41(9), 1130-1142.

Dr. Casey Harris

Gruenewald, Kayla* and Casey T. Harris. 2018. “Social-Structural Predictors of Bias Homicide by Victim Groups: A County-Level Analysis.” Social Science Research 74: 108-119. 


Feldmeyer, Ben, Steffensmeier, Darrell, and Harris, Casey T. and Shahin Tasharrofi*. 2018. “Immigration and Violent Crime in California, 1980-2012: Contextualization by Temporal Period and Race/Ethnicity.” Migration Letters 15(2): 197-214. 


Klein*, Brent, Grunewald*, Kayla, and Casey T. Harris. 2017. “Hispanic Immigration in Urban Versus Non-Urban Communities, 1990-2010.” The Sociological Quarterly 58(2): 229-253.


Feldmeyer, Ben, Casey T. Harris, and Daniel Lai*. 2016. “Does Language Use Impact Violence? Assessing the Effects of Linguistic Context on Violent Crime Rates.” Sociological Forum 31(2): 267-290


Feldmeyer, Ben, Casey T. Harris, and Jennifer Scroggins*. 2015. “Enclaves of Opportunity or “Ghettos of Last Resort?” Assessing the Effects of Immigrant Segregation on Violent Crime Rates.” Social Science Research 52(1): 1-17.


2015 Harris, Casey T., Handley, Megan, Bradley, Mindy, and Steven Worden. 2015. “Religion, Age, and Crime at the Macro-Level: Do Religious Traditions Differentially Impact Juvenile and Adult Violence?” Sociological Spectrum 35(4): 372-391.

Dr. Lori Holyfield

2016 Holyfield, Lori, Maggie Cobb,  Scott Herford, Kasey Ogle.2016. "Masculinity Under Attack: Women Combat and Narrative Resistance"   Under Review with Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 


2013 Holyfield, Lori, Maggie Cobb, Kimberly Murray and Ashleigh McKinzie. 2013. “Musical Ties that Bind: Nostalgia, Affect and Heritage in Festivals.”   Symbolic Interaction Vol.36, No.4, November 2013


2013 Holyfield, Lori, Matthew Ryan Moltz, and Mindy S. Bradley. (2009). “Racial Discourse and the U.S. Confederate Flag.” Race, Ethnicity and Education Vol. 12, No. 4:517-538

2008 Holyfield, Lori and Crosby Hipes. 2008. “Social Construction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Society for the study of Symbolic Interaction,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston (August).

Dr. Christopher Shields

**Allred, William, A. & Christopher A. Shields, “Factors Impacting Success of Exonerations under the Innocence Project” Presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 15, 2018, New Orleans, LA.


*Brice, Madeline, Brent L, Smith, & Christopher A. Shields, “Examining the Longevity of Individuals in Terrorist Groups, Presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 16, 2018, New Orleans, LA.


 Christopher A. Shields, Summer M. Jackson & *Bryant Ezell, “The Use of Human Intelligence in the Fight Against Terrorism” Presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 16, 2018, New Orleans, LA


 *Ian Brecht & Christopher A. Shields, Examining Material Support of Terrorism Cases and Violent Plots Ian Brecht, Terrorism, Accepted for presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Mo (Spring 2017).


 *Madeline Brice, Brent L. Smith, & Christopher A. Shields. Measuring Factors Contributing toe Longevity in Terrorist Activity.  Accepted for presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Mo (Spring 2017).


**Erin Nelson & Christopher A. Shields, “Action, Counteraction: Examining the Relationship between US Antiterrorism Legislation and Terrorist Group Behavior.”  Accepted for presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Mo (Spring 2017).


**Skyler Ames, Christopher A. Shields, & Summer M. Jackson, “An Analysis of Human Trafficking in Federal Cases).  Accepted for presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Mo (Spring 2017).


 *Ian Brecht & Christopher A. Shields. “Examining material support cases and their linkage to violent plots.  Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting , November 2016, New Orleans, LA. 


*Adam Rose*& Christopher A. Shields. “A Quantitative Analysis of the effectiveness of Federal Human Trafficking Laws” Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting , November 2016, New Orleans, LA. 


*Kathryn Ratcliff & Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Terrorist Pre-Incident Affirmation Behaviors” Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting , November 2016, New Orleans, LA.


**Martha Gresham & Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Recent Efforts in Arkansas to Combat Human Trafficking” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


 **Skylar Mann & Christopher A. Shields, “Analyzing Perceptions Concerning the Value of Forensic Evidence Among Criminal Justice Professionals.”  Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


Christopher A. Shields & Brent L. Smith. (Chair). “What works, What doesn’t:  Revising Americas Response to Terrorism (1980 – 2004). Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


**Madeline Brice, Christopher A. Shields, & Brent L. Smith.  Measuring Factors Contributing to the Longevity in Terrorist Activity. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


*Garrett Smith & Christopher A. Shields. “An Analysis of the tactics and targets of the Sovereign Citizen Movement”Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


 *Ian Brecht &Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Terrorism Material Support Cases” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


 *Katie Ratcliff &Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Informant Usage in Terrorism Cases”Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


 2016 Madeline Brice, Christopher A. Shields, & Brent L. Smith. “Measuring Factors Contributing to Longevity in Terrorist Activity” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


2016 Martha Gresham & Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Recent Efforts in Arkansas to Combat Human Trafficking” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


2016 Skylar Mann & Christopher A. Shields, “Analyzing Perceptions Concerning the Value of Forensic Evidence Among Criminal Justice Professionals.”  Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


2016 Ian Brecht &Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Terrorism Material Support Cases Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.


2016 Katie Ratcliff &Christopher A. Shields. “Examining Informant Usage in Terrorism Cases”Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 2016.

Dr. Anna Zajicek

Rodica Lisnic*, Anna Zajicek, Shauna Morimoto. “Gender and Race Differences in Faculty Assessment of Tenure Clarity: The Influence of Departmental Relationships and Practices,” Sociology of Race & Ethnicity. Article first published online: March 5, 2018 

https://doi.org/10.1177/2332649218756137.


Kalynn Amundson* and Anna Zajicek. A Case Study of State Level Policymakers’ Discursive Co-Constructions of Welfare Drug Testing Policy and Gender, Race, and Class.” Forthcoming, Sociological Inquiry. First published online, (September 2017), DOI: 10.1111/soin.12208


Kalynn Amundson*, Anna Zajicek, and Brinck Kerr. “A Social Metamorphosis: Constructing Drug Addicts from the Poor.”Sociological Spectrum, Vol. 35, Issue 5, (2015): 442-464.


Kalynn Amundson* Anna Zajicek, Valerie Hunt. “Pathologies of the Poor: What do the War on Drugs and Welfare Reform Have in Common” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol. XLI, Number 1, (2014): 5 – 27 (Lead Article).


Kalynn Amundson (Ph.D. Student), Anna Zajicek, and Brinck Kerr. “A Social Metamorphosis: Constructing Drug Addicts from the Poor.” Sociological Spectrum, Vol. 35, Issue 5, (2015): 442-464.


Kalynn Amundson (Ph.D. Student), Anna Zajicek, Valerie Hunt. “Pathologies of the Poor: What do the War on Drugs and Welfare Reform Have in Common” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol. XLI, Number 1, (2014): 5 – 27 (Lead Article).