Graduate Student Profiles
MA and PhD students
We invite you to meet some of our MA and PhD students:
Bryan Hamilton, PhD student
Bryan received both his undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Louisville in the Justice Administration Program. He has been a member of the Louisville Metro Police Department since July 1991, working previously as a Crimes Against Children Detective and Domestic Violence Detective, and currently assigned to the Training Division. His area of interest regards the issues of intimate personal violence and the criminal justice systems response to incidents of domestic violence, and upon retirement, plans to become a university professor.
Michael Littrell, PhD student
Michael lives in Georgetown, KY and works full-time for the Georgetown Police Department and has taught part-time for Georgetown College in their Sociology Department. Michael earned his bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from EKU in 2004, he earned his Master's of Science Degree from EKU in Criminal Justice in 2008. Michael's primary research interests are in criminology, particularly with regard to police response to resistance, and deviant police activity. Michael hopes to use his PhD to teach at the college level and/or review/write police department policy.
Fran Shupe, PhD student
Fran is a fourth-year PhD student, having earned her masters in sociology from UofL in 2010 and her bachelors degree in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987. For her master's thesis, Fran did a qualitative examination of women pilots, focusing on the sociology of leisure. Her area of concentration in the PhD program is medical sociology with a focus on health care issues experienced by trans-people.