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Ronald Kelly, M.A., instructor in administration of justice and program coordinator, has several areas of interest in research most of them focusing on victimology, criminology and corrections. He has been teaching Administration of Justice courses at Penn State Schuylkill since 2006 after he received his master’s degree from Penn State Harrisburg in 2005.  He has extensive work experience in the juvenile justice system, mental health of juveniles, and The Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Mr. Kelly brings the frontline experience into every course he teaches and engages the students to think critically about the criminal justice system. 


Dr. S. Hakan Can, associate professor of criminal justice, began his career in law enforcement and worked his way up to the chief superintendent position. During his professional career he worked with the Interpol, Drug and Fiscal crime subdivisions. As part of police collaboration, he worked or joined the operations in more than twenty countries around the globe.In 2006, after his retirement, he joined Pennsylvania State Schuylkill. He established the program, “Incident Command Simulation,” which received recognition from The Department of Homeland Security. He and his program received high appreciation from the Texas National Guard while responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His line of research currently focuses on law enforcement stress and employee assistance programs. 


Dr. Stephen R. Couch, professor of sociology and science, technology and society, earned his undergraduate degree in music, and a masters in sociology from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His doctorate in sociology is from Binghamton University.

An award-winning teacher and researcher, Dr. Couch is co-author or co-editor of four books, and has written over thirty published research articles, most of them dealing with environmental sociology and technological hazards.His research projects have included studying community responses to contaminated environments in Pennsylvania and Texas, investigating victims’ group formation and activities following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and exploring Pennsylvania’s infamous Coal and Iron Police. He has presented the results of his research at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Mexico, and Japan.


Dr. Peter Grahame, assistant professor of sociology, is a member of the Social Sciences and Administration of Justice programs at Penn State Schuylkill. He teaches in the areas of deviance, criminological theory, urban sociology, environment, and family. His research interests focus on immigration, urban life, and cosmopolitanism. He is pursuing a long-term research program on transnational families in New York, Toronto, and Trinidad (West Indies). In his courses, Dr. Grahame’s students learn to be active investigators of their own social worlds.

Lauren J. Joseph received her Ph.D. in sociology from Stony Brook University in 2010 and her M.A. in sociology from the University of California at Irvine in 2003. Her research interests lie in the areas of gender and sexualities, particularly the LGBTQ movement and masculinities, as well as urban sociology, race and ethnic relations, social movements, and ethnographic research methods. She is currently working on two main projects. First, she is publishing her research from a multi-site urban ethnography on the process of institutionalization for LGBTQ Pride organizations. This study looks at how cultural movement organizations develop ties to their local communities and mobilize both social and symbolic capital to increase legitimacy and recognition for marginalized sexual minority groups. Her second major project focuses on Mormon parents of LGBTQ children, examining how these individuals navigate competing ties to their children and to the Mormon Church. She has published several articles on masculinities and sex work as well as an edited volume on political ethnography, and served as the managing editor of Qualitative Sociology for six years. Her teaching interests and experience include courses on race and racism, gender and sexism/heterosexism, and diversity and public policy.

Adjunct Faculty

Karen Byrnes-Noon, J.D.
Lora McDonald, J.D.
Michael Stine, J.D.