Criminal Justice Faculty & Staff









Dr. Jeffrey Amato – Interim Department Head

Office: Breland Hall 103

Jeff Amato is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University. He was born in Vermont and grew up in northern California. He did his undergraduate work at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and received a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University in 1995. He has been a faculty member at NMSU since 1999. He has worked on geology projects in New Mexico, Alaska, Russia, Switzerland, Mexico, and in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. He specializes in structural geology, tectonics, and geochronology. He teaches classes in Natural Hazards, Field Mapping, and Geochronology. He was the President of the New Mexico Geological Society in 2004 and 2005, and he was Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin and Geosphere. He has advised 16 Master’s students at NMSU. He is currently serving a one-year term as Interim Department Head in Criminal Justice at NMSU.










Andrea Scarborough

Administrative Assistant

Office: Breland Hall 107; 646-3316

Andrea Jaramillo-Scarborough joined New Mexico State University in 2010, bringing with her experience in both the corporate and academic worlds.  She came to the Criminal Justice Department from the Office of Institutional Analysis.  Andrea holds a B.A. from New Mexico State University.  She can be reached either by phone or email.








Dr. Francisco Alatorre

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Master of Criminal Justice Program

Office: Breland Hall 105; 646-5159

Dr. Francisco Alatorre earned his doctorate in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University in 2011. Before coming to New Mexico State University, Dr. Alatorre taught as a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Arizona State University, Tempe and Downtown Campus. Prior to immigrating to the United States, he practiced law in Mexico. His research focuses mainly on (1) undocumented immigrant women and youth, by studying them in terms of ethnicity, race, gender, and how these factors challenge their identity and create barriers to obtain legal status. Furthermore, he is also researching to understand how these women, who are frequent victims of domestic abuse, current political agendas, and their own low self-esteem, empower themselves by symbolic interaction; (2) The relationship between the homeless and the ways social inequalities are shaped by complex intersections of gender, race, class, and nationality; and (3) borderland concerns. Currently Dr. Alatorre is investigating how homeless people perceive charity services in the Neoliberal Age; and how social service providers perceive and promote undocumented youth resiliency.


Dr. David Keys

Dr. David Keys

Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 114; 646-7184

Dr. David Keys is an associate professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. He received his AB in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include narcotics and addiction, research methods, and urban studies. Dr. Keys has consulted with municipal, county, and state governments for 17 years on corrections and sentencing issues. His dissertation was a biographical treatment of the career of drug researcher Alfred Lindesmith, that was subsequently published by SUNY Press as Confronting the Drug Control Establishment (2000) with John Galliher.

Dr. Dulcinea Lara

Dr. Dulcinea Lara

Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 108; 646-3649

Jan-Race, Representation, and Uncomfortable Truths – Dulciea Lara, Ph.D.

Dr. Dulcinea Lara is currently an associate professor in the Criminal Justice department at New Mexico State University. Before that, she was an assistant professor in the university’s History department for three years. She earned her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. There, she was a Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipient as well as a Bancroft Fellow.

Her research frames include cultural studies and critical race theory, with an emphasis in Chicano history as well as an interest in topics of identity formation processes and theories, visual cultural markers of identity formation practices, cultural geography and spatial analysis. Currently, her main projects include work on a manuscript titled, “Revisiting the Land of Enchantment: Race and Tourism in New Mexico” and an article titled, “Deciphering Efficacy: Immigrant Advocacy Strategy in a Time of Domestic Despair.” She also completed a short documentary titled “This Land” that documents ICE raids and the consequences for families residing in the communities abutting her university. This documentary has been shown in stages at social justice conferences as well as at the Interstate Migrant Education Council’s annual meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico in September 2008.

Dr. Lara employs the use of critical historical interpretation to create and apply a contextual scaffolding around contemporary social issues. NMSU’s situation in the tri-state community of New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico, as well as the bi-national cache that is the U.S.-Mexico border is one that provides a wealth of opportunities for a historical-contemporary inquiry into power imbalances that ensue in abuse, the ongoing criminalization and basic racist, classist, sexist and heterosexist treatment of underrepresented populations.

Dr. James Maupin

Dr. James R. Maupin


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Dr. James Maupin received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1990 and his Master of Public Administration from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985. He has taught at New Mexico State University since 1995. Dr. Maupin’s area of specialty is policy analysis and program evaluation. He has worked closely with state and local juvenile justice professionals in addressing issues of importance related to preadjudicatory detention and parole decision making. He has also conducted research on the ethical orientation of criminal justice professionals. His primary teaching areas are research methods, statistics, policy analysis and program evaluation.








Dr. Nicholas D. Natividad

Assistant Professor

Office: Breland Hall 104; (575) 646-4661

Dr. Nicholas D. Natividad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He has studied abroad in Seville, Spain and Mexico City, Mexico.
Dr. Natividad’s teaching and research interests include issues related to resistance and revolution, comparative justice systems, law and social science, border studies, and indigenous jurisprudence. His current research focuses on transnational and local community practices of human rights that address crime and violence in order to unveil an alternative history, development, and implementation of the notion of human rights. His larger research trajectory seeks to investigate political movements that transmit and translate ideas of local communal justice that create progressive social change across geopolitical borders.
Dr. Natividad is a huge advocate for community engagement initiatives and believes education should offer outlets for students to learn from and give back to their communities. He is the co-founder and former Director of the Nepantla Program which serves underrepresented, first-generation college students and works with high school educators, students, family members, and administrators to establish a college-bound culture in the community.








Dr. Carlos Posadas

Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 121; 646-3951

Dr. Carlos Posadas research interests include immigration, U.S.-Mexico border issues, race, gender and crime, and research methods. His teaching interests include research methods, statistics, and immigration and justice. He is a native of the area having grown up in El Paso, TX and completing his undergraduate work in criminal justice at New Mexico State University before moving on to the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University to pursue his graduate studies. Dr. Carlos Posadas has received the Donald C. Roush Award for teaching excellence in 2011.

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Dr. Mike Tapia

Assistant Professor

Office: Breland Hall 112

Dr. Mike Tapia is new to the Criminal Justice Department at NMSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University and served on the faculty at UT San Antonio’s Criminal Justice Department from 2003 to 2014.  His teaching and research interests include crime theory, race and crime, juvenile justice, and street crimes. He’s published work on risk factors in juvenile arrest, Latino arrest risk, and Latino gang migration. His latest works examine Chicano street and prison gang organization in historical perspective.


Dr. Mercedes Valadez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mercedes Valadez is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University.  She received her BA in Criminal Justice from California State University, Bakersfield, MS in Criminology from California State University, Fresno and PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.  Her research focuses on courts and sentencing, immigration and Latinos.  Her current work examines the effects of race/ethnicity and citizenship/legal status on sentencing decisions. 


William Corbett

William J. Corbett, JD

Assistant Department Head for Advising (Spring 2016)

College Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 353; 646-4352

Professor William Corbett received a B.A. in Political Science and a MPA from the Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation he worked as a family law hearing officer for the Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania prior to working as a management consultant in Europe and North America for the Alexander Proudfoot Company. Professor Corbett then obtained a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a civil litigator in California for 13 years. Since 2001, he has taught courses in the areas of law, criminal justice, and government at NMSU and other universities, and has served as a mediator for civil litigants in cases filed with the Third Judicial District of New Mexico. His pro bono service includes working with the New Mexico State Bar’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program since 2004. Professor William Corbett received the Donald C. Roush Award for teaching excellence in 2016.







Marija Dimitrijevic

College Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 110; 646-5914

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A strong passion, curiosity and desire have led Ms. Marija Dimitrijevic to the fascinating world of Criminal Justice. She received her BA from the University of Security Studies in Serbia and a Police Academy graduate with international experience in policing and human trafficking from working with victims in Serbia and Eastern Europe. Marija is a College Associate Professor at New Mexico State University where she obtained her MA in Criminal Justice. Marija is a professional lecturer and human trafficking advocate experienced in developing training materials and conducting training with law enforcement and other agencies. She directs collaborative efforts of public awareness and rescuing victims of human trafficking; works with the NGO’s; participate in community awareness projects, victim assistance, rehabilitation of victims.

Marija is certified to evaluate online and blended higher education courses for quality and one of her online courses CJ 454 – Human Trafficking is nationally recognized and certified course.








Andrea F. Joseph, JD

College Associate Professor

Office: Breland Hall 120; 646-3840

Andrea F. Joseph graduated with her Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles and practiced law for 15 years. Her legal career began as a prosecutor in Los Angeles. After moving to New Mexico she worked in various capacities in public and private practice including working at the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office in their litigation division focusing on suits filed against various state agencies including the department of corrections; as an administrative prosecutor; and as a ‘writ’ attorney before the New Mexico Supreme Court. She also worked as Guardian ad Litem and Respondent’s counsel in child abuse and neglect cases; represented victims of domestic violence through a contract with La Casa in Las Cruces; worked with the elderly through Adult Protective Services and opened a private practice focusing on issues of family law.

Professor Joseph joined the faculty at NMSU in 2000.  Her teaching responsibilities focus primarily on law and ethics related courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Professor Joseph has also been a Bill Daniel’s Ethics Fellow through the Bill Daniel’s Ethic Initiative for the past 5 years.

In the Fall of 2010, Professor Joseph became the volunteer Faculty Advisor for the NMSU Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.  Under her leadership and guidance the Chapter has excelled and won numerous awards at the yearly National Conference.

Professor Joseph was also elected to serve the National APS board in 2014 to serve as a National Faculty Advisor.









Dr. Joan Crowley

Assistant Professor Emerita

Office: Breland Hall 124; 646-5376

Dr. Joan E. Crowley received her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1979. Prior to joining the faculty of NMSU in the Fall of 1989, Dr. Crowley held a senior research position with the Center for Human Resource Research at the Ohio State University and with the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama. She taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at both the Ohio State University and at the University of Alabama. In 1991, she was elected to the three-year presidential cycle of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice Educators. Her current interests are in the areas of communities and criminal justice, family violence and child abuse, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, historical criminology, and research methods.


Dr. Peter Gregware

Dr. Peter Gregware

Associate Professor Emeritus

Dr. Gregware earned an undergraduate degree in Economics, a MA in Psychology, a J.D. focused on public law, and a Ph.D. in Justice Studies. He has worked as a therapist in a mental health treatment center, was the Director of a federally-funded drug and alcohol treatment facility and a state funded alternative to corrections facility for women, and served as Warden of a pre-release center for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. As a lawyer, he worked as a Law Clerk in the criminal courts of New York City and the Virgin Islands. He also worked as a Legal Services lawyer in a Boston ghetto, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee, focusing on violent and sexual crimes against children. He has taught at Penn State University, the University of Wisconsin, and NMSU.

At NMSU, he has been awarded both the University’s Christmore and Roush Awards for outstanding teaching. He has also served as Head of the C.J. Department and as Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at Comenius Law School in Slovakia. His current research interests focus on the foundations of unbiased and ethical decision making by CJ professionals.

Dr. Larry Mays

Dr. G. Larry Mays

Regents Professor Emeritus

Dr. Larry Mays was a Knoxville, Tennessee police officer for five years prior to completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has previously taught at Appalachian State and East Tennessee State Universities. Dr. Mays has served as a consultant to the Department of Corrections, State Police, Youth Authority, and Association of Counties in New Mexico and to the El Paso, Texas Police Department. From 1981 to 1990, Dr. Mays was head of the New Mexico State University Department of Criminal Justice. His primary areas of research interest are jails, court organization and administration, and juvenile justice.








Dr. Tom Winfree

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Tom Winfree retired from NMSU in 2012. His forty-plus year career included academic appointments at the University of New Mexico, Texas A&M-Commerce, Louisiana State University, and Arizona State University. Tom is the co-author of seven textbooks in numerous editions, including most recently Introduction to Criminal Justice: The Essentials (Wolters-Kluwer, 2015) with G. Larry Mays and Leanne Fiftal Alarid. He has also authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters; and he continues to contribute to the criminological and criminal justice literature, particularly in juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice and corrections. His current research interests include recruitment to and involvement in youth gangs, both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Tom Winfree received two awards at NMSU: Darnall Faculty Achievement Award (2003) and NMSU Campus Globalization Award (2006-2007).










Dr. EunJung Choi

College Associate Professor

Dr. EunJung Choi has taught in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University since 2011. Dr. Choi received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona with Psychology as a minor. Her teaching interests include Research Methods, Nature of Crime, Criminology, Crime and Gender, and Juvenile Delinquency. Her research/writing interests include transnationalism, and immigration with a global implication, the intersection of race, class and gender, self and identity. Dr. Choi is currently working on “transnationalism, negotiated identity, and Asian immigrant women workers in the U.S.”








Rory Rank

College Assistant Professor

Mr. Rory L Rank has worked for the New Mexico Public Defender Dept since 1992. He is currently the supervisor of the Juvenile Division in the Las Cruces NM office. He has been very proactive in designing and implementing diversion programs for juveniles the 3 rd Judicial District. As a practicing attorney for over 30 years, he ensures excellence in juvenile defense and promotes justice for all children.