Recent Publications


Here is a list of recent publications by faculty, graduate students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice

Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology

Connolly, E. J., Schwartz, J. A., Jackson, D. B., & Beaver, K. B. (2018). How far does the apple fall from the tree? Maternal delinquency and sex-specific patterns of offspring delinquent behavior. Journal of Criminal Justice, 54, 50-61.

Dario, L., & O’Neal, E. N. (2018). Do the mental health consequences of sexual victimization differ between males and females? A general strain theory approach. Women & Criminal Justice, 28, 19–42.

Hayes, B.E., Mills, M., Freilich, J.D., & Chermak, S.M.  (2018). Are honor killings unique? A comparison of honor killings, domestic violence homicide, and hate homicides by far-right extremists. Homicide Studies. 22, 70-93.

Tyler, D.H., Barak, M., Maguire, E.R., & Wells, W. (2018).The effects of procedural injustice on the use of violence against police by Occupy Wall Street protestors. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 19, 138-152.

Updegrove, A.H., Vaughn, M.S., & Del Carmen, R.V.  (2018). Intellectual disability in capital cases: Adjusting state statutes after Moore v. Texas.  Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, 32.


Department of Security Studies

Morag, N. (2018). “International Counterterrorism Laws and Practices: Israel and France in Comparison,” International Criminal Justice Review  (1-15). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1057567718763249

Morag, N. (2018). Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons. 2nd Edition. New York: Wiley.

Jones, N. (2018). “The Strategic Implications of the C├írtel de Jalisco Nueva Generaci├│n.” Journal of Strategic Security 11, no. 1: 19–42.

Baker, N. (2018). “Disaster Preparedness is an Illusion,” The Brooklyn Rail, April 4, 2018. https://brooklynrail.org/2018/04/field-notes/Disaster-Preparedness-Is-an-Illusion

Lundberg, R. (2018). “Archetypal Terrorist Events in the United States,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1430618

Denham, M.A. and Kumar, A.K[NM1] (2017). “Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE): Texas Case Study,” International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, Vol. 7, no. 3: 337-351.

Denham, M.A. (2017). “Chapter 3: Academic Engagement Strategies in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Programs at a Texas University,” Community Engagement Best Practices Across The Disciplines: Applying Course Content to Community Needs, ed. by Heather K. Evans. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Denham, M.A., Webb, D.W., Polnick, B.E. (2017). “Breaking Through the Brass Ceiling: Perspectives in Female Leadership,” Law Enforcement Executive Forum 17 (1): 44-65.


Department of Forensic Science
Amy Sorensen Holmes, Rachel Houston, Kyleen Elwick, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Evaluation of Four Commercial Quantitative Real-Time PCR Kits with Inhibited and Degraded Samples. International Journal of  Legal Medicine, 132, 3, 691-701

Amy Sorensen Holmes, Ryan Gutierrez, Madeline Roman, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. In-field Collection of DNA from Decomposing Remains for More Direct Analysis: Experiences with Investigator Quality Sensors. Proceedings from the Qiagen Investigator Forum (May 2018).

Britni Skillman and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantification of Suvorexant in Blood Using Liquid Chromatography-Quadrupole/Time of Flight (LC-Q/TOF) Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography B, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2018.05.006 (May 2018).

Carrie Mayes, Sarah Seashols-Williams and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Little Stains, Lots of Problems. Proceedings from the Qiagen Investigator Forum (May 2018).

Eric Cooke, Todd Armstrong, Danielle Boisvert, Jessica Wells, Richard Lewis, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. The Relationship between the MAOA- uVNTR Polymorphism, Delinquent Peer Affiliation, and Antisocial Behavior with a Consideration of Sex Differences. Psychiatric Quarterly, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1007/s11126-018-9582-7 (May 2018).

Esiri Tasker, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and Bobby LaRue. SwabSaver® Evaluation: Room-temperature Storage of "Touch" DNA Recovered from Assault Rifle Magazines. Proceedings from the Qiagen Investigator Forum (May 2018).

Jessica Winborn, Donovan Haines and Sarah Kerrigan. In Vitro Metabolism of Desomorphine. Forensic Science International, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.05.017 (May 2018).

Kyleen Elwick, Carrie Mayes, Xiangpei Zeng, Jonathan King, Bruce Budowle and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Evaluation of Five Common DNA Extraction Methods for Analysis of Human Remain Samples on Massively Parallel Sequencing Success. Proceedings from the Human Identification Solutions, Rome, Italy (May 2018).

Lindsay Glicksberg, Sumandeep Rana and Sarah Kerrigan. Cathinone Stability in Authentic Urine Specimens. Forensic Science International, 286, 54-60 (May 2018)

Michelle Harrel, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. The Effects of Extra PCR Cycles When Amplifying Skeletal Samples with the GlobalFlier PCR Amplification Kit. International Journal of Legal Medicine, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1007/s00414-018-1860-2 (May 2018).

Rachel Houston, Carrie Mayes, Jonathan King, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. Innovative Molecular Approaches for Cannabis sativa DNA Typing. Proceedings from the Qiagen Investigator Forum (May 2018).

Sun Yi Li, Jorn Yu and Ilona Petrikovics. Trace Level Extraction of the Cyanide Biomarker, 2-amino-2-thiazoline-4-carboxylic Acid (ATCA), from Biological Samples by Applying Magnetic Nanomaterials in Dispersive Solid Phase Extraction. Proceedings from the U. S. Army Medical Defense Bioscience Review (Apr 2018).

Amy Sorensen Holmes, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. In-field Collection of DNA Samples from Decomposing Remains for More Direct Analysis: Experiences with Investigator Quality Sensors. Proceedings from the Qiagen Investigator Forum, Lisbon, Portugal (Mar 2018).

Lindsay Glicksberg and Sarah Kerrigan. Stability of Synthetic Cathinones in Urine. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 42(1), 77-87 (Mar 2018).

Stephanie Basiliere, Kelsie Bryand and Sarah Kerrigan. Identification of Five Mitragyna Alkaloids in Urine Using Liquid Chromatography- Quadrupole/Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Chromotography B, 1080, 11-19 (Mar 2018).

Amy Sorensen Holmes, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Alternate Methods for Collection, Room Temperature Storage, and Processing of DNA Samples from Human Remains: A New DVI Approach. Proceedings from Pittcon Conference & Expo (Feb 2018).

Carrie Mayes, Sarah Seashols-Williams and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Identifying Forensically Relevant Body Fluids Using a Capillary Electrophoresis Based miRNA Multiplex. Proceedings from Pittcon Conference & Expo (Feb 2018).

Carrie Polston, Williams Mazzella, Martin Furbach and Patrick Buzzini. Evaluation of Instrument Parameters Affecting Magnetic Flux Measurement of Toners as a Screening Tool for Casework Application. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Deborah Powers, Stephen Erickson and Madeleine Swortwood. The Morphine in Your Pantry - Understanding Overdose Risk of Home-Brewed Poppy Seed Tea. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Elizabeth Chesna, Ana Blanco, Gabriella Cansino-Jones, Peyton Gandy, Jessica Wells, Danielle Boisvert, Todd Armstrong, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. Variation in Genes Affecting Dopamine Turnover, Oxytocin, and Serotonin in Inmate and Student Populations. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Esiri Tasker, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and Bobby LaRue. Efficacy of DNA Recovery and Room-Temperature Storage from Assault Rifle Magazines. Proceedings from Pittcon Conference & Expo (Feb 2018).

Jennifer Kiely, Aaron Lynne and Jessica Metcalf. Using Microbial Clocks in Human Cadaver Ribs as a Postmortem Tool. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Jennifer Turner, Robert Baldwin, Scott Golightly, Pamela Zelbst and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu. An Examination of Striations on Bullets Discharged from 3D-Printed Metallic Gun Barrels. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Justin Day, Harry Ehmann and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu. The Identification of Various Controlled Substances by Headspace Chemical Analysis using Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Kari Graham, Ryan Gutierrez, Kyleen Elwick, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and Bobby LaRue. A Novel Workflow for Identifying Phenotypic Polymorphisms in Detoxification Enzymes Associated with Drug Metabolism. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Kyleen Elwick, Carrie Mayes and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Comparative Sensitivity and Inhibitor Tolerance of GlobalFiler® PCR Amplification and Investigator® 24plex QS Kits for Challenging Samples. Journal of Legal Medicine (Tokyo), 32, 31-36 (Feb 2018).

Kyleen Elwick, Xiangpei Zeng, Jonathan King, Bruce Budowle and Sheree Hughes- Stamm. Evaluation of Five Common Extraction Methods for Analysis of Human Remain Samples on Massively Parallel Sequencing Success. Proceedings from Pittcon Conference & Expo (Feb 2018).

Lauren Perry, Sun Yi Li and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu. Detection of Phytocannabinoids from Buccal Swabs Using One Vial Headspace Vaporization Derivitization Coupled with SPME/GC/MS. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Lindsay Glicksberg, Ruth Winecker, Caitlin Miller and Sarah Kerrigan. Post Mortem Tissue Distribution of Synthetic Cathinones. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Lindsay Glicksberg. Synthetic Cathinone Stability in Blood Using Liquid Chromatography/Quadrupole Time-of-Flight/Mass Spectrometry (LC/qTOF/MS). Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Madeline Roman, Amy Sorensen, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Effect of Body Mass and Cadaveric Bloat on DNA Quantity and Downstream STR Success. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Madison Schackmuth, Rachel Marvin and Erica Bakota. A Validated Method for the Detection and Quantitation of Zolpidem, Zopiclone, and Zaleplon by Liquid- Liquid Extraction and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Michelle Harrel, Carrie Mayes, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Evaluation of a Powder-free DNA Extraction Method for Skeletal Remains. Journal of Forensic Science, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13749 (Feb 2018).

Michelle Harrel, Carrie Mayes, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. A Powder-free Approach to Extracting DNA from Environmentally Challenged Bone Samples. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Patrick Buzzini. The Characterization and Discrimination of Textile Fiber Dyes. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Patrick Buzzini, James Curran and Carrie Polston. The Application of t-Stochastic Node Embedding and Random Forest Statistical Methods to Classify Raman Spectra of Inkjet Printer Inks for Purposes of Identification and Production of Investigative Leads. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Rachel Houston, Matthew Birck, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. Nuclear, Chloroplast, and Mitochondrial Data of a US Cannabis DNA Database.International Journal of Legal Medicine, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1007/s00414-018-1798-4 (Feb 2018).

Rachel Houston, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. Nuclear, Chloroplast, and Mitochondrial Data of a US Cannabis DNA Database. Proceedings from Pittcon Conference & Expo (Feb 2018).

Rachel Houston, Sheree Hughes-Stamm and David Gangitano. Nuclear, Chloroplast, and Mitochondrial Data of a US Cannabis DNA Database. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Stephanie Basiliere, Kelsie Bryand and Sarah Kerrigan. Identification of Five Kratom Alkaloids using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Sun Yi Li, William Davis and Roger Kahn. Assessing the Capability of Combining Elemental and Phase Mapping in Automotive Paint Systems Analysis Using Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS). Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Theresa Joslin Yogi, Michael Penrod, Melinda Holt and Patrick Buzzini. The Relationship Between Cross-sectional Shapes and FTIR Profiles in Synthetic Wig Fibers and Their Discriminating Abilities-An Evidential Value Perspective. Forensic Science International, 283, 94-102 (Feb 2018).

Tiffany Franklin, Lauren Perry, Wei-Chuan Shih and Jorn Yu. Detection of Phytocannabinoids from Buccal Swabs by Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction - Gas Chromotography/Mass Spectrometry. Analytical Methods, 10, 942-946 (Feb 2018).

Tonya Parnell, Katie Tanner, Stacie Gray, Haeli Kennedy and Joan Bytheway. The Human Cadaver Decomposition Island (CDI) and the Vegetation Regrowth Interval. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. (Feb 2018).

Vincent Desiderio, Jr., Michael Rieders, Brandon Callahan, Agnes Winokur, Erin Worrel, John Casale, Karl Williams, Sherri Kacinko and Patrick Buzzini. The Growing Phenomenon of the Epidemic of Synthetic Opiods and Forensic Science: Impact and Response. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2018).

Britni Skillman, Kelsie Bryand and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantification of Suvorexant in Blood Using LC-Q/TOF-MS. Proceedings from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (Jan 2018).

Carrie Mayes, Sarah Seashols-Williams and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. A Capillary Electrophoresis Method for Identifying Forensically Relevant Body Fluids Using miRNAs. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 30, 1-4 (Jan 2018).

Jessica Winborn, Donovan Haines and Sarah Kerrigan. Phase 1 Metabolism of Desomorphine. Proceedings from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (Jan 2018)

Lindsay Glicksberg and Sarah Kerrigan. Analyte-Dependent Stability of Synthetic Cathinones. Proceedings from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (Jan 2018).

Michael Truver and Sarah Kerrigan. Optimized Digestion and Extraction of Endogenous Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in Human Hair. Proceedings from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (Jan 2018).

Patrick Buzzini and Nicholas Petraco. The Evaluation of the Joint Value of Paint and Toolmark Evidence using Bayesian Networks. Proceedings from the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium (Jan 2018).

Sun Yi Li, Pamela Zelbst, Patrick Buzzini and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu. Potential Impact and Application of 3D Scanning, 3D Modeling and 3D Printing in Toolmark Examination. Proceedings from the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium (Jan 2018).

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