College Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

August 3, 2020
Welcome New Faculty

This fall, the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice is pleased to welcome three new faculty members: leke de Vries, Emma E. Fridel, and Joseph A. Schwartz.


Ieke de Vries
Assistant Professor

Ieke de Vries received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University. Her research interests include human trafficking, digital opportunities for crime, victimization, place and networks. Dr. de Vries specializes in how new forms of data and computational social science methods help with understanding these types of crime and deviancy problems. She combines qualitative, quantitative, and computational techniques to analyze the mechanisms that drive human trafficking and related crime problems. ​Her published work has appeared in journals, such as Criminology & Public Policy, British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Psychology of Violence, Child Maltreatment, and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. In 2019, Dr. de Vries was awarded the College of Social Science and Humanities Teaching Award at Northeastern University ​and, in 2018, she received the Graduate Research Fellowship of the National Institute of Justice.


Emma E. Fridel
Assistant Professor

Emma E. Fridel received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University. She primarily studies violence and aggression with a focus on homicide, including school violence, homicide–suicide, serial and mass murder, and fatal officer-citizen encounters. Dr. Fridel’s work has been published in CriminologySocial Forces, and Justice Quarterly. She is also a co-author of Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder.


Joseph A. Schwartz
Associate Professor

Before coming to FSU, Joseph A. Schwartz was an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research interests include life-course/developmental criminology, behavior genetics, and biosocial criminology, with a particular emphasis on the combination of biological and environmental influences on the development of criminal behavior. He is a founding member and current executive officer of the Biosocial Criminology Association. He recently received funding from the National Institute of Justice to examine the impact of critical incident exposure on overall stress as well as physical and mental health in corrections officers. His works appear in outlets spanning multiple disciplines, including CriminologyJournal of Research in Crime & DelinquencyJournal of Quantitative CriminologyCriminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Developmental Psychology. His research has also been featured in multiple media outlets, including CNN, US News & World Report, NPR, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post.