Center for Criminology and Public Policy Faculty

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Thomas G. Blomberg

Thomas G. Blomberg
Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology, Executive Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Blomberg’s research is focused upon identifying ways to more effectively link research knowledge to public policy. This includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful community reintegration.

George B. Pesta

George B. Pesta
Co-Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

George Pesta is the Co-Director of the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. At the Center, he manages funded research projects, supervises GRAs and collaborates with faculty on project deliverables, research reports, and presentations.

Julie Brancale

Julie Brancale
Co-Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Julie Brancale received her Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University. She is the Co-Director of the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

William D. Bales

William D. Bales
Professor Emeritus, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in August of 2003, Bill Bales was the director of research with the Florida Department of Corrections since 1991 and has worked in various research capacities with the Florida Supreme Court

Brian M. Stephens

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Co-Director, Policing, Security Technology, and Private Security Research and Policy Institute

Brian Stephens is the CEO of BMS Security Solutions, providing intelligence driven and prevention focused advisory and security services to companies, institutions and individuals worldwide.

Darrel W. Stephens

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Co-Director, Policing, Security Technology, and Private Security Research and Policy Institute

Darrel Stephens consults on a wide range of police leadership and management issues. He served as the Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) from October 2010 to October 2017. He is an accomplished police executive with over 50 years of experience in policing.

Raymond B. Vickers

Raymond B. Vickers
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director, Institute for the Prevention of Financial Fraud

Dr. Vickers, whose background includes a law degree and a Ph.D. in economic and business history, served for four years as Assistant Comptroller of Florida, the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Banking and Finance.