Faculty

DR. JAMES DRYLIE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Willis Hall 303   l   908-737-4216   l   jdrylie@kean.edu

Dr. James J. Drylie began his academic pursuits as a student-athlete at the former Kean College in 1975. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice in 1979. Dr. Drylie completed his first Masters degree (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Administration at the former Jersey City State College in 1987. He received a second Masters (M. Phil.) from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at CUNY in 2006. Dr. Drylie’s dissertation (Suicide by Cop: A Case Study Analysis of How Police Practitioners View and Understand Victim-Scripted Suicide) was published with the VDM Publishing House, Saarbrücken, Germany.  After graduating from Kean, Dr. Drylie entered into a career in law enforcement with the West Orange, NJ Police Department where he served with distinction as a sworn officer and Director of Police. He was actively involved in programs and operations pertaining to State and federal homeland security as the Law Enforcement Task Force Planner assigned to the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative, Rapid Deployment Force. He was a part of several local, state, and federal deployments during declared states of emergency as a commanding officer of the Essex County Rapid Deployment Team. Retiring at the rank of police captain, after twenty-five years of service, Dr. Drylie joined the faculty at Kean University in September 2006. Dr. Drylie is the co-advisor for Delta Upsilon, the Kean University Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

 

Classes: Criminal Justice in America; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Issues in Intelligence Gathering; Justice and Police Power; Juvenile Justice; Police Organization and Administration; Police Role in the Community.

 

Research Interests: Suicide by Cop; Police Suicide; Use of Force; Law Enforcement Intelligence Function.




DR. PATRICK MCMANIMON, COORDINATOR

Willis Hall 305-E   l   908-737-4309   l   pmcmanimo@kean.edu

Dr. Patrick McManimon received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2000. Previously he worked as an administrator and warden at several institutions in Illinois and New Jersey. Dr. McManimon co-authored a book with Dr. Garcia concerning intimate partner violence, and currently serves as the coordinator of the criminal justice programs (BA and MA). He is a certified expert witness in the United States Federal Courts for correctional management and inmate rights.Classes: Correctional Systems; Criminal Justice in America; Probation & Parole; Research Methods; and Theories of Crime & Delinquency

Research interests: Corrections; Inmate Rights; and Management of Correctional Programs. 



DR. VENESSA GARCIA

Willis Hall 305-I   l   908-737-4302   l   vgarcia@kean.edu

Dr. Venessa Garcia received her B.A. Degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in Sociology (with a focus on sociology of law) in 1992.  She received her Masters degree (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from the State University of New York University at Buffalo in Sociology.  Dr. Garcia worked as a Research Assistant with the Research Institute on Addictions and as a Research Associate with the National Center for State Courts.  She has served as Staff Liaison for the Access and Fairness Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices.  Dr. Garcia worked as a Research Consultant and Program Evaluator for the Elmira City Police Department and Elmira Correctional Facility. She also served as a Commissioner for the Chemung County Commission on Human Relations and as a member of the Family Violence Committee of the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, Inc.  In New Jersey, Dr. Garcia served as a Grant Writer and Research Consultant for the New Jersey State Parole Board and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.  She sat on the faculty of Elmira College and Monmouth University before joining the Criminal Justice Program at Kean University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2002.  She served as President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators and Editor New Jersey Criminal Justice Educator.  She also Chaired the Division of Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology and is a co-editor of the Division’s Newsletter.  While at Kean, Dr. Garcia served as Coordinator of the MPA/CJ Masters Program and set up and maintained the previous and current department website and newsletter.  Dr. Garcia has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Practice and Research:  An International Journal, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.  Dr. Garcia co-edited (with Dr. Janice Clifford) Female Victims of Crime: Reality Reconsidered.  She also co-authored Gendered Justice: Intimate Partner Violence and the Criminal Justice System with Dr. Patrick McManimon.


Classes: Criminal Justice in America; Criminology; Diversity & Criminal Justice; 
Ethics in Criminal Justice (Undergrad & Grad); Foundations of Criminal Justice (Grad); Juvenile Justice; Race, Class & Gender in the Criminal Justice System (Grad); Senior Seminar; Victims of Crime


Research Interests: Women & Criminal Justice; Police Culture; Victims of Crime; Crime & Victims in the Media; Intimate Partner Violence; Sociology of Law & Organizations.



DR. CONNIE HASSETT-WALKER

Willis Hall 305-D   l   908-737-4156   l   chassett@kean.edu
Dr. Hassett-Walker received a B.A. degree from Rutgers University (1990). She also has a Masters in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (1997), and a PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University (2007).  Her dissertation ("Delinquency and the Black Middle Class") was awarded second place by the by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for the 2006 Social Issues Dissertation Award.  Prior to joining the faculty at Kean University, Dr. Hassett-Walker worked for eight years as a research associate at the Violence Institute of New Jersey, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University).  In 2012, Dr. Hassett-Walker received an AREA grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine the impact of justice system involvement on youths’ substance use trajectories.  Her research has been published in Justice Research and Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of School Violence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She is the author of the book Black Middle Class Delinquents (2009, LFB Scholarly Publishing).  Dr. Hassett-Walker joined the faculty of the Kean University Criminal Justice department as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007.

Classes:  Criminology; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Diversity; Issues in Criminal Justice; Race, Class, & Gender; Research Methods; Senior Seminar; Victims of Crime
Research Interests:  Race, Class & Crime; Crime & Deviance Over the Life Course



PROF. THOMAS LATEANO

Willis Hall 305-F   l   908-737-4315   l   tlateano@kean.edu

Professor Thomas Lateano holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University.  He joined the Criminal Justice faculty at Kean University in the fall of 2000 with many years of teaching, legal and corporate experience.  Having over two decades of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has taught courses in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, policing, ethics, evidence, probation and parole, white collar crime, and the judicial system.  As an attorney, Prof. Lateano spent years as an assistant prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. During his tenure at Kean, he has been extensively involved in program development and has created many undergraduate and graduate courses.  Prof. Lateano has organized public awareness programs on relevant criminal justice topics and has served as faculty advisor for criminal justice internships and the Kean University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society.  His areas of interest include prosecutorial discretion, search and seizure, criminal law, and ethics in criminal justice.  His recent publications have focused on female sex offenders, good samaritan laws, and the impact of popular media.  Prof. Lateano has served as a book reviewer for Prentice Hall, Wadsworth, and Copperhouse Publishing. He has presented his research at numerous national and regional conferences including those of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, and the New Jersey Faculty Development Network.  

Classes:  Criminal Justice in Amercia; Criminal Justice Internship I & II; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Justice and Police Power; Proof and Verification in Criminal Justice; Role of Prosecutor. 


Research Interests: Policing, Law, Ethics, Criminal Justice Education and Service Learning.



INSTR. DENNIS BOGDAN

Willis Hall 305-I   l   908-737-4212   l   dbogdan@kean.edu

Instructor Dennis Bogdan holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2004), and a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University (1997).  He joined the Criminal Justice faculty at Kean University in the fall of 2006 as an adjunct professor, and became a full time lecturer in the fall of 2013.  Inst. Bogdan retired as a police lieutenant after a 25 year law enforcement career that included service in the West Orange Police Department, the Newark Police Department, and New Jersey State Department of Corrections.  During his career he specialized in criminal investigations, homeland security, policy management, and police training.  Instr. Bogdan is the faculty advisor for the Kean University Criminal Justice Club and co-advisor for the Kean University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Classes: Criminal Justice in America; Criminology; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Current Issues in Policing; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Juvenile Justice; Police Organization and Administration; Police Role in the Community; Terrorism & Society; Travelearn.

Research Interests: Policing; Criminal Justice Education; Service Learning.




INSTR. FERNANDO LINHARES

Willis Hall 305-C   l   908-737-4155   l    flinhare@kean.edu

Ocean Campus: Gateway Buidling 314-316   l   201-618-4939

Fernando Linhares identifies as a second generation Brazilian-American from Newark, New Jersey. An attorney for over twenty years (former municipal judge, prosecutor, and Wall St. litigation associate) as well as college lecturer for over ten years. Mr. Linhares is involved in various forms of prison ministry, explores interfaith restorative justice practices, and explores transformative justice approaches as a supplement to criminal justice systems. He received a B.A. from New York University (Politics), J.D. from Rutgers University in Newark, LL.M. from Pace Law Center (environmental justice focus), M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (Latin American Studies), and M.Div. from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (urban ministry focus). Mr. Linhares was a 2014 Summer Scholar at the preeminent Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (University of Michigan), is a trained Inside Out Prison Exchange member (Temple University), as well as a certified Kairos Prison Ministry leader. His work emphasizes that correctional and detention facilities are not ancillary, isolated, and segregated communities, but are central to society (as well as faith-based institutions). Since 2012, he has shared his work on five continents in nearly two dozen professional settings, including at the United Nations. He is an ABD student at Drew University and a 2014 Luce Graduate Fellow, scheduled to lead a cross-cultural course in El Salvador during the Winter 2014 semester. 

Classes: Alternatives to Incarceration; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Correctional Systems; Diversity in Criminal Justice; Issues in Criminal Justice (The Judiciary); Justice and Police Power; Juvenile Justice; Probation and Parole; Role of the Prosecutor; Substantive Criminal Law

Research Interests: Transformative justice (alternatives to incarceration); Urban (environmental) sociology/criminology; Sociology of religion (cultural criminology); Qualitative/mixed research methodology; Latin American Studies (comparative law); Legal Studies (sociology of law).



INSTR. YVONNE SMITH SEGARS, ESQ.

Willis Hall 305-G l 908-737-4161 l ysegars@kean.edu 

An experienced trial attorney for over 29 years, Yvonne Smith Segars received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ and her B.A. in psychology from Kean University. Joining the public defender's office in 1985 she was ultimately was appointed to the highest position as New Jersey's State Public Defender in 2002. As a sub-cabinet member she served four Governors during her tenure. As the State Public Defender and New Jersey’s Law Guardian, Ms. Segars also launched initiatives in the child welfare reform movement and was a member of the Governor's Cabinet for Children and on the Board of Advisors for the Office of the Child Advocate. In addition, she was Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Juveniles in Detention. 
Ms. Segars is a longtime advocate for the poor and disenfranchised. She was one of first attorneys in the state to represent clients in drug courts and has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on drug courts and other policies related to criminal justice and drug treatment. A peer reviewer and consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice (BJA) and American University she continues to assess and review the Drug Courts nationally.

Ms. Segars is a former member of Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) and Chairperson of the Defender Policy Group for NLADA. Ms. Segars has also served as a core faculty member for the Justice Management Institute and a Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI). She has received numerous recognitions including the 2004 Rutgers Law School - Newark Distinguished Alumna Award, 2004 Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Lawyers, 2005 Kean University’s Conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2006 Kean University Distinguished Alumna in Law Award, 2009 and 2012 Rutgers University School of Law, Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award, and Seton Hall School of Law Diversity Section, Distinguished Practitioner Award. Ms. Segars has also appeared as a legal commentator on MS-NBC, Court-TV, Fox News Channel’s Crier Report, Fox News, America’s Talking, Garden State Matters on UPN-9,NJN’s "Due Process", and Comcast Newsmakers.

Classes:  Constitutional Theory (Grad); Justice & Police Power; Proof & Verification; Role of the Defense Attorney (Issues course); Role of the Prosecutor.