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Dr  Christopher Hughes Program Director Justice And Public Safety Administration College Of Legal Studies


University of Louisville – Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work) Dissertation: “Reducing the incarceration of the homeless: An examination of multi-service use and the utilization of institutional services”

University of Louisville – M.S. (Justice Administration) Thesis: “White-collar crime: Theoretical perspectives on motivations in the public and private sector”

University of Louisville – B.S. (major: Justice Administration; minor: Sociology)

Fields of Interest

Criminological Theory, Biosocial Criminology, Social Deviance, Criminal Behavior, Social Control, Juvenile Delinquency, White-Collar Crime, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse


Dr. Hughes is a Professor and Program Director of the Justice and Public Safety Administration program at Sullivan University. Dr. Hughes obtained Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Louisville, with a focus Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. Dr. Hughes serves on Sullivan University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA), American Society of Criminology (ASC) and Alpha Phi Sigma (national criminal justice honor society).

Research and Publications

Hughes, C.S. & Merrifield, H. (in progress) “Does the 2-repeat allele of the MAOA gene indicate a greater risk for shooting and stabbing among men?”

Hughes, C.S. (2019). Research: Conducting it, publishing it, and presenting it (Co-presented with Dr. Tony Pina). Sullivan University Ph.D. student and faculty retreat.

Hughes, C.S. & Merrifield, H. (2018). Does a more effective public speaking course impact student persistence? The Southern Association for Institutional Research, Norfolk, VA.

Hughes, C.S. (2018). Biosocial influences on crime across the life-course. Annual Meeting, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, LA.

Hughes, C.S. (2018). Your guide to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Sullivan University Ph.D. student and faculty retreat.

Hughes, C.S. (2017). Legislative Waiver. In Christopher J. Schreck (Ed.).

The Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. New Jersey: Wiley.

Hughes, C.S. & Stevens, S. (2016). Hit or be hit: The role of genetic factors on aggression and the participation in contact sports. Annual Meeting, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Savannah, GA.

Hughes, C.S. (2015). Nuts and bolts of the IRB. Sullivan University Ph.D. student and faculty retreat

Hughes, C.S. (2014). Shining a light on the IRB process. Sullivan University Ph.D. student and faculty retreat

Foster, J.P. & Hughes, C.S. (2013). Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. In Jay Albanese (Ed.).

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hughes, C.S. (2013). Understanding the Institutional Review Board (Co-presented with Dr. Jamie Arango). Sullivan University Ph.D. student and faculty retreat

Hughes, C.S. (2012). An analysis of probation decision making and probation success. Evaluation of KY Circuit Court Judge’s decision making.

Foster, J.P. & Hughes, C.S. (2003). The evolution of education in criminology and criminal justice: Hoisted on our own petard. Annual Meeting, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA.