Tarleton criminology professor Shelley named Fulbright Scholar

Fulbright Scholar

Fulbright Scholar

Monday, February 11, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Dr. Tara O’Connor Shelley, professor and co-director of the Institute on Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking and co-director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Leadership and Public Policy in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies at Tarleton State University, recently received the prestigious designation of Fulbright Scholar.

As a Fulbright recipient and a representative of the United States, Shelley will teach and do research with the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague. POLACis a state university and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

During her visit, Shelley will teach the “Basics of Criminology and Crime Prevention” course and conduct several graduate workshops related to victimology and research methodology.

As an expert in gendered institutions, her Fulbright research project will focus on the underrepresentation of Czech women in policing and the social and institutional barriers Czech female officers face at various stages in their careers.

“I am deeply honored to represent the U.S. government and Tarleton State University as a Fulbright Scholar,” she said. “I look forward to working directly with Czech scholars and criminal justice practitioners on complex research projects while also helping educate their next generation of criminologists and police officers.”

The Fulbright, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries, is the nation’s flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department.

Shelley received her Ph.D. in criminology at Florida State University and her master’s in justice, law and society from the American University. She previously worked as an associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University.

Prior to joining academia, she worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Justice Research and Statistics Association.

She has more than 20 years of professional research and evaluation experience involving 25 federal, state, local and privately funded research grants.

She has worked with more than 50 federal, state and local criminal justice agencies on assorted projects and has secured more than $1 million in external funding for research and evaluation. She is the author of 26 technical reports related to the results of her evaluation research, has co-edited two books and has authored 40 journal articles, book chapters and magazine/newsletter articles.

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