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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Khey

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

Office: Mouton 104
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.


Administrative Assistant
Office: Mouton 112
Phone: 337.482.6171

Paula Broussard

Paula Broussard
Master Instructor
Office: Mouton 118
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: Mouton 102
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
Office: Mouton 120
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: Mouton 105
Phone: 337.482.6540

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.

Ami Stearns
Assistant Professor
Office: Mouton 119
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 their creativity with food behind bars. She is the social media chair for the American Society of Criminology's Division of Women & Crime. Dr. Stearns teachers courses on gender and crime, restorative justice, program evaluation, juvenile justice, and research methods. She is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Master’s Program in Criminal Justice. Her website is and her ResearchGate profile can be found here.