Criminal Justice Faculty
TAMUCC Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Gabriel Ferreyra
Dr. Ferreyra earned his J.D. from Universidad Michoacana, a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his PhD. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He teaches Drugs, the Drug War and Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice, and White Collar Crime. Dr. Ferreyra's area of expertise is corruption, drugs, drug-trafficking, U.S. drug policy, Justice Studies, and Latin America.
Dr. Melissa Jarrell
Dr. Jarrell is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the MPA Coordinator. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Eckerd College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include green criminology, environmental justice, white collar/corporate crime, and she has published in Crime, Law and Social Change, Environmental Politics, and Environmental Justice. She works with the local communities to address issues of poverty, pollution, and injustice.
Dr. Dorothy McClellan
Dr. McClellan earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and an Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has been recognized as a Texas A&M University Regents Professor, a Fulbright Scholar, a Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Professor for the State of Texas, she is a recipient of the TAMUCC Teaching Excellence Award. Her book, Witnessing the Soviet Twilight, was published in 2014. Her film, American Prisons, Foreign and Domestic, received the WorldFest International Special Jury Award as well as a Platinum Remi for its screenplay.
Professor Eric Moore
Professor Moore earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, his M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and his J.D. from Harvard University. Professor Moore teaches Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Law and Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Terrorism.
Dr. Philip Rhoades
Dr. Rhoades earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is from the School of Criminal Justice at the state University of New York at Albany. He teaches policing, management, and investigation courses in the curriculum. His research interests include policing, ethics, delinquency, self-control and risk. As the Director of the Social Science Research Center, Dr. Rhoades administers a prevention-based public education project that targets the reduction of traumatic injury and death caused by motor vehicle crashes. He is also a recipient of the prestigious TAMU Regents Professor Award
Dr. Sarah Scott
Dr. Scott earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. She teaches Research Methods, Program Evaluation and Survey Research in the Public Administration Program and Community-Based Corrections, Criminology, and Research Methods in the undergraduate Criminal Justice program. Dr. Scott’s research interests include addiction and substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system, community corrections, and risk assessment. She also enjoys conducting program evaluations with state and local criminal justice officials.
Dr. Wendi Pollock
Wendi Pollock is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas A&M Univeristy-Corpus Christi. She received her B.S. and M.S. in criminal justice from Sul Ross State University, and her Ph.D. in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. She currently works with police departments and research partners to study issues in police/public contact, public perceptions of police, false accusations of crime, and erroneous or false arrest.