International Ph.D. Grads Contribute To American Universities, Research



About one-half of the College’s international Ph.D. graduates rest inwards the U.S. to teach.

Over the terminal 2 decades, dozens of international students came to Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice to learn. Following graduation, almost one-half stayed inwards the U.S. to learn or behave research.

In the terminal 20 years, 55 international students graduated from the Ph.D. plan from countries across the globe, including Canada, France, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines, Turkey too the United Kingdom. Twenty-six graduates stayed inwards the U.S., sharing their question skills too expertise inwards criminal judge at universities across the country.

“My dearest for question was born there,” said Natalia Tapia, Director of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program too an associate professor at Lewis University inwards Illinois. “I got bitten past times the question bug.”

Tapia, who has dual citizenship from Republic of Ecuador too Peru, specializes inwards corrections equally good equally race/crime too gender/crime issues. She also has done happen elderberry abuse inwards the United States. She loves to part her question alongside her students equally good equally render a global perspective on the topic at hand. She hopes to direct hold a sabbatical inwards the hereafter to render comparative studies betwixt her domicile countries too the U.S.

“I hopefully tin give my students roughly of the passion I direct hold for question too knowledge,” said Tapia. “I desire to learn them virtually evidence-based practices thus they tin assess whether the opinions they listen are inwards the right direction.”

Pierre Rivolta was born inwards France, but got his undergraduate too master’s degrees inwards Switzerland. He originally came to SHSU equally an central student, but decided to rest for his Ph.D. degree. He said the College of Criminal Justice has a reputation equally 1 of the top programs inwards the province for criminal justice, for its connections to the plain through its professional person institutes, too inwards provided outstanding faculty. In add-on to his education, Rivolta met too married a beau Bearkat, got a task at Mount St. Joseph University inwards Ohio, too had his starting fourth dimension child.

“All of these were opportunities that made it to a greater extent than hard for me to become home,” said Rivolta. “I actually enjoyed it, too it worked out well.”

Rivolta is forthwith teaching 8 criminal judge classes a twelvemonth — from introductory to kernel courses to electives — too doing diverse question projects on specialty courts, a domestic batterers’ intervention program, too a boozer driving diversion program.

“I similar beingness able to prepare students, who volition plough into professionals on the forepart lines,” said Rivolta. “I similar dealing alongside too molding immature minds.”

Napoleon Reyes was an attorney inwards the Philippines earlier coming to report at the College of Criminal Justice, drawn past times beau countryman too one-time SHSU doctoral pupil Martin Perfecto. “I didn’t fifty-fifty know virtually the bailiwick (criminal justice) earlier I came to SHSU,” Reyes said. “I had a express means of looking at things from my legal background. It taught me a whole unlike perspective.”

Reyes was encouraged to engage inwards social scientific discipline question past times Victoria Titterington. As a first-year doctoral student, he co-presented a homicide report alongside Titterington at the annual coming together of the Homicide Research Working Group. “Dr. T,” equally she is affectionately known, continues to hold out 1 of his mentor to this twenty-four lx minutes menstruum whenever he has a line of piece of occupation organisation inwards his professional person life.

As an associate professor at Sonoma State University inwards California, Reyes specializes inwards political too white-collar crime, province criminal offence too homicide studies. He also continues to create question on the Philippines too collaborates alongside Philippine-based agencies, hoping to brand an impact on criminal judge policies there. He also plant alongside local law enforcement agencies inwards California to innovation novel programs too to address challenges.

By providing perspective from exterior the U.S., unusual faculty members assist to enrich the experiences of their students. “I tin interject my experiences,” said Reyes. “I lived that experience.”

Likewise, the plan at SHSU opened international students’ eyes to issues inwards their ain community. During a marker give-and-take on spousal rape, Reyes recalled that a pupil from Republic of Botswana said in that location are no such laws inwards his country. “There are all the same places inwards this basis where spousal rape is an alien concept,” said Reyes.

Vidisha Worley, a licensed attorney inwards Republic of Republic of India too New York, came to SHSU looking for a task equally an adjunct professor during the summertime of 2004. She injure upwards taking the GRE too applying to the Ph.D. program. During her tenure at SHSU, she worked for the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups too wrote a mass nether the guidance of then-Dean Richard Ward virtually terrorism inwards India. She, along alongside her co-editor, is inwards the procedure of editing an encyclopedia on American corrections for ABC-CLIO, which includes 140 contributors too 240 entries.

Now an Associate Professor at Lamar University, her question involves constabulary too correctional officeholder liabilities for the inappropriate utilisation of tasers too stun guns. She also provides an international perspective for her students, such equally discussions on the decease penalty.
“International perspectives are rattling important,” said Worley. “It is a laid of skills too tools that may come upwards equally a surprise to American students.”

This sentiment has been echoed past times Jurg Gerber, Professor of CJ too Director of International Initiatives for the College of Criminal Justice: “Our international alums who learn at American colleges too universities render an invaluable service to American students past times exposing them to novel too unfamiliar perspectives,” he said.

Bitna Kim returned to the College of Criminal Justice inwards 2016 equally the starting fourth dimension resident Beto Chair scholar since 2008 to maintain her studies inwards corrections. She originally came to Sam Houston State University from Republic of Korea to pursue a Ph.D. degree. She said SHSU had 1 of the most welcoming programs for international students inwards the country, too the faculty was rattling approachable.

She stayed inwards the U.S. for the opportunities to gear upwards a twain betwixt the U.S. too the residue of the world. Ironically, patch a Beto scholar at SHSU, she was enlisted to learn constabulary cadets inwards China.

“It provides to a greater extent than chances to play an of import purpose inwards connecting exterior of the U.S. alongside the U.S.,” said Kim, a professor inwards the Department of Criminology too Criminal Justice too co-director of the Center for Research inwards Criminology Women’s too Gender Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She encouraged international graduates both inwards too exterior the U.S. to disclose inwards journals inwards their homeland equally good equally the U.S. “It doesn’t affair where they are, they tin hold out a resource,” she said.


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