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  SAC Spotlight: Nevada


William H. Sousa, Ph.D.
Dr. William Sousa, an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), became the Director of the Nevada SAC in 2013. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University. His past research projects include evaluations of policing programs and technologies. The focus of his writing is on crime and disorder reduction policies implemented by police agencies, including the New York City and Los Angeles Police Departments. His current projects involve police order-maintenance practices, police management, and community crime prevention in Las Vegas neighborhoods. His most recent publications appear in The Journal of Experimental Criminology, Police Practice and Research, and Crime Prevention Studies.

Tamara D. Madensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Tamara Madensen is the Associate Director of the Nevada SAC and the Director of the Crowd Management Research Council (CMRC). She is an Associate Professor of criminal justice and Graduate Director at UNLV. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Madensen uses the "Crime Science" perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, and studies crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working directly with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. Dr. Madensen's research interests include crime opportunity structures, place management, and crowd violence. Her publications propose, extend, or test crime science theoretical models and help to translate research findings into practice and policy. She has published numerous practitioner-focused research papers, including two Problem-Oriented Policing Guides funded by the COPS Office and a research monograph selected as a 2012 Herman Goldstein Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing Award finalist. Her book, Preventing Crowd Violence (co-edited with Johannes Knuttson), has been translated into two foreign languages. Dr. Madensen conducts research and training for major sports leagues, venue managers, police agencies, and private security industries. She received the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, and College of Urban Affairs and UNLV's Spanos Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Terance D. Miethe, Ph.D.
Dr. Terry Miethe is the Research in Brief coordinator for the Nevada SAC and is a Professor of criminal justice in the Department of Criminal Justice at UNLV. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University in 1982. His areas of interest include criminology, law, deviance, quantitative methodology, and evaluation research. He is the author of several books and articles on violent crime, criminal sanctions, and crime typologies. He has received several awards and research grants and was the recipient of the 2005 Barrick Award for Outstanding Researcher at UNLV.

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