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Dr. Khey

David Khey
Department Head
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Office: Rougeou 338
Phone: 337.482.1249

Dr. Khey's work focuses on drug policy, effective policing strategies, campus crime and safety, drug testing technology, medicolegal research and jury decision making. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida. He teaches courses on research methods, cybercrime, restorative justice, forensic toxicology and drugs and crime.


Rhonda Richard
Administrative Assistant
Office: Rougeou 348
Phone: 337.482.6540

Paula Broussard

Paula Broussard
Master Instructor
Office: Rougeou 342
Phone: 337.482.5690

Ms. Broussard is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and a graduate of UL Lafayette, but it was the University of Southwestern Louisiana back then. In addition, she attended Louisiana State University and the University of South Florida, her degrees include Masters in Criminal Justice and Business Administration plus an additional 30 hours of graduate work. Her criminal justice career began in retail security then for the next ten years she focused on private investigation and polygraph work. After closing the private investigation office she began working on her MBA. It was then that she was offered a chance to teach a night course in criminal justice at USL, she agreed and has been teaching ever since. Her research interests include terrorism, ethics, handgun issues and serial crimes.



Christopher De Lay
Master Instructor
Office: Rougeou 339
Phone: 337.482.5691

Mr. De Lay (yes the last name is French) hails from Oklahoma and Colorado. He has experience working in law enforcement, court systems, corrections, private security, has gone to law school, worked offshore and in a funeral home. He is an Oklahoma University alumnus and rabid OU football fan. He teaches forensics, criminal law, criminal courts, criminal investigation, and policing.

Michelle Jeanis
Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Rougeou 341
Phone: 337.482.1964

Dr. Jeanis received her master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Doctorate in Criminology from the University of South Florida.  Dr. Jeanis’ research focuses on missing persons, youth runaways, and the relationship between news/entertainment media and crime, offenders, and victims. She works with both law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations in the study of missing persons cases.

Christopher Palmore
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Rougeou 337
Phone: 337.482.1146

Christopher Palmore received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Pennsylvania State University. Most of his research is concerned with violence and victimization. He is particularly interested in 1) the role of routine activities in producing opportunities for violence; 2) interactions between social and individual-risk factors and violence; 3) situational factors of violence, including alcohol use, the presence of third parties, and adversary effects; and 4) neighborhood effects. He is also interested in criminological theory and quantitative methods.

Meng Ru (Lily) Shih
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Rougeou 346
Phone: 337.482.6540

Dr. Shih recently graduated with her doctorate in criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency, life-course criminology, quantitative research methods, substance abuse and rehabilitation, corrections and reentry, restorative justice, and immigration policy.

Ami Stearns
Assistant Professor
Office: Rougeou 340
Phone: 337.482.1926

Dr. Stearns is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on the experiences of incarcerated women, specifically their feelings of hopefulness and creativity with food behind bars. She is the social media chair for the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women & Crime. Dr. Stearns teaches courses on gender and crime, restorative justice, program evaluation, juvenile justice, and research methods. Her website is and her ResearchGate profile can be found here.

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