Wall of Fame
We are proud to recognize these alumni and students who have impacted our community locally, regionally and nationally.
The Department of Criminology Wall of Fame honors a select group of alumni who have distinguished themselves by attaining the highest level of professional accomplishment while demonstrating strong personal integrity.
Heng Choon "Oliver" Chan
Dr. Heng Choon "Oliver" Chan received his Ph.D. in Criminology from USF and was the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Criminology Ambassador Award. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and, in 2014, he was awarded the honorary title "Early Career Award" by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council of University Grant Committee for his outstanding research performance. Now an Associate Professor of Criminology at City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Chan has been awarded "The President's Award" and "CLASS New Researcher Award" to recognize his exemplary contributions to research and professional education that have helped the University and College to achieve local and global distinction. More importantly, he was granted an early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017. Most recently, he was awarded "The Outstanding Supervisor Award" to recognize his excellent research supervision in 2018 and "CLASS Teaching Innovation Team Award" for his innovative teaching at the team category in 2019. During his time in the U.S., Dr. Chan interned and later was employed by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Case Review Units as one of the first two FBI Violent Criminals Apprehension Program analysts. His research focuses on sexual homicide, offender profiling, sex offending, homicide, stalking behavior, and Asian criminology. He published widely on these topics having over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters that he has presented at numerous international, regional, and local academic conferences. Dr. Chan has since published four academic books, one of which was selected and awarded the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2020. He is now working on his next co-edited volume on the African mental health and criminal justice system. He is a Senior Editor and Associate Editor on many academic journals and an editorial board member of several other peer-reviewed journals as well as an ad-hoc reviewer for over 80 peer-reviewed journals and academic publishers.
Jordan Boness Teuber
Jordan Boness Teuber is a Policy Advisor at the Office of the State Attorney in Hillsborough County. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a B.A. in Criminology. She continued her education at USF and earned her M.A. degree in Criminology in 2018. While a student, Ms. Teuber served as a graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Kathleen Heide and Dr. Elizabeth Cass. Upon graduation, she worked as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst Intern at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in the local jail. She then transitioned to the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office where she served as the Executive Assistant to the State Attorney. In her current position as a policy advisor, Jordan works to translate academic research into practical strategies to address crime.
Major James Mallo has served as a law enforcement officer within the State of Florida for the last 29 years and the last 20 of those years in his hometown community of Pasco County. He has been a member of the command staff at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for the last 10 years and has led many areas within the agency. Major Mallo is currently responsible for the Operational Logistics Bureau, which encompasses the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Fleet, Purchasing, and Information Technology.
During his career, he has worked as a Police Officer with the Florida State Capitol Police, Special Agent with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and Senior Police Officer with the Temple Terrace Police Department. A graduate of Gulf High School, St. Pete Jr. College, and the MACJA Program at USF, Major Mallo also received a Certificate in Project Management from USF and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, as he simultaneously graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Class #258.
Chief James Bradford earned a B.A. in Criminology from USF and, as of November 2020, is the current Chief of the Plant City Police Department. Formerly a colonel with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, he has served in a variety of departments including burglary, robbery, patrol, homicide, intelligence and more. He also served on the Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Board and Hillsborough County’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety. A native of New Jersey, Chief Bradford received his law enforcement certification through the Tampa Police Academy in 1989. He started his career in patrol and then climbed the ranks to hold a variety of detective positions in the department. He was also part of the transition team to bring child protective investigations on a contract basis from the Florida Department of Children and Families to the Sheriff’s Office. As chief, his goal is focused on community involvement.
Each of these professionals has represented the department in ways that promote and enhance the department's identity.
Captain Charlie Thorpe is a graduate of the MACJA Program. His home campus was USF Sarasota-Manatee and he received the Criminology Class of 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Currently a captain with the Venice Police Department, in 2017, he retired as a captain from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office after twenty-seven years with that agency. From 2014-2017, Captain Thorpe was a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science) Scholar. He is a member of several national committees and workgroups including the International Association of Police Chief’s (IACP) Patrol and Tactical Operations Committee, the IACP Criminal Intelligence workgroup, and the National Sheriff’s Association Cyber Crime workgroup.
James Hubbell received his BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and his BA in Criminology, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. He completed his MA in Criminology at USF in 2020. He is currently a fully funded first year doctoral student at the University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice. To date, Mr. Hubbell has one senior authored peer-reviewed publication in Behavioral Sciences & the Law and one senior authored book chapter accepted for publication in a forthcoming book, Child to Parent Homicide: International Perspectives on Filial Homicide, edited by leading scholars from the United Kingdom and Australia. He also has three manuscripts under review with the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Being the lead author on the majority, Mr. Hubbell has presented four papers at ASC and one at the Homicide Research Working Group. He is committed to the welfare of others with a passion in research that is focused on making a difference in the lives of maltreated children and defendants and victims from sexual minority groups. He is currently collaborating on research with faculty at Albany.
Daniela Oramas Mora
Daniela Oramas Mora is a graduate of the Criminology Master’s Program. She is a first-generation college student who earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and is now a first-year doctoral student at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. During her time at USF, she was a member of the SPRUCE Lab and worked alongside Drs. Powers, Fox, and Lynch. Inspired by her work at USF, her current research interests include race/ethnicity and class disadvantages within the criminal justice system, crimes of the powerful, and prosecutorial discretion.
Lieutenant Martin King holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, both obtained from USF. Additionally, he has received graduate certificates from USF and the University of Louisville. Lt. King has served the University of South Florida as a police officer since 2000 and is currently the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Division, also comprised of civilian Community Service Officers. Throughout his tenure, he has worked in a variety of assignments to include Uniform Operations, Field Training, Criminal Investigations, the Tactical Response Team, and as a high liability instructor. In March 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Special Operations Division where he was responsible for managing special events and overseeing the Criminal Investigation and Community Outreach and Enforcement Section. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institutes 141st Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky and received the Meritorious Life Saving Award in 2001 as well as additional commendations throughout his career for his service and dedication to the USF community.
Dr. Christopher J. Marier is a graduate of the Criminology Ph.D. Program and is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and senior policing scholar at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. His teaching and research focus on policing, race, and cross-national examinations of criminal justice. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he worked in law enforcement, including assignments as a patrol officer and a school resource officer. Dr. Marier is a recipient of the University of South Florida Graduate Fellowship Award and the ACJS International Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. His research has been published in Criminology and Public Policy, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Race and Justice.
Dr. Rachel Severson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Tampa. Prior to USF, she earned her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and worked in Inpatient Psychiatric Units in Lynchburg, Virginia. Drawing on her prior experience, Dr. Severson’s research is centered around the impact of mental health of individuals involved in the justice system, with a specific focus on experiences with imprisonment. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including Criminal Justice & Behavior and Crime & Delinquency. Working under the mentorship of Dr. Ráchael Powers, she received her PhD from USF in May of 2020. While at USF, she served as writing coach and program assistant for the MACJA program, President and Vice President of CGSO, and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses.