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Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Center for Justice and Social Research

Center for Justice and Social Research

The Center for Justice and Social Research enables Clemson University faculty members to provide a variety of services to community partners, including technical assistance on grant writing, independent evaluation of community-based projects, and research on the outcomes and impact of community initiatives. The center serves the land-grant mission of the University and facilitates research-practitioner partnerships by helping local governmental, criminal justice, and non-profit organizations pursue funding for social research and evaluation.

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  • Mission & Vision

    Our Mission

    The Center for Justice and Social Research (CJSR) provides resources to advance social research, train future social scientists, and develop collaborative partnerships with governmental, criminal justice, and non-profit organizations to strengthen communities. 

    Our Vision  

    CJSR envisions advancing knowledge to address underlying social issues affecting people and communities to promote a more just and equitable society.

  • Services

    The center offers services and engages in social research to promote and ensure evidence-based methods and practices are available to community organizations that might overwise not be able to access these funds.

    Offered Services:

    • Grant proposal development and technical assistance
    • Technical assistance and subject matter expertise
    • Gap analysis and needs assessment
    • Community engagement with stakeholders
    • Program evaluation design for process, outcome and impact evaluations
    • Survey design
    • Access to a survey pool
    • Focus groups
    • In-depth interviewing
    • Ethnography
    • Data collection, management and analysis
    • Performance measure tracking and reporting
    • Technical reports
    • Training for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Our Faculty


    Dr. Bryan Lee MillerBryan Lee MillerDirector

    Dr. Miller has evaluated drug abuse, probation practices, offender reentry, and drug treatment programs. He has worked on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail, evaluate veteran treatment courts, design law enforcement-led initiatives to respond to individuals with mental illnesses, and support justice-led programs to implement evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse. He has authored numerous successful federal service delivery grants from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance for substance abuse treatment, specialty court enhancement, and justice and mental health collaboration programs. He has formed research practitioner partnerships with governmental agencies including county governments, law enforcement, jails and courts. Agencies served include the Clemson University Police Department, Oconee County, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Screven County Sheriff’s Office and the 29th Judicial Circuit of Missouri.

    Dr. Catherine MobleyCatherine Mobley, Associate Director

    Dr. Mobley has engaged in extensive community-based research and evaluation for diverse clients, including the United Way of Pickens County, the Upstate Housing Coalition, the United Way of Greenville County, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and the Saluda Reedy Watershed Coalition. Dr. Mobley is currently involved in three active NSF projects. She is also Co-PI with Leslie Hossfeld on a community-based grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation investigating food security in seven rural South Carolina counties. Through her interdisciplinary research on engineering/STEM education, Dr. Mobley has investigated the experiences of first-generation students, transfer students, Black students, student veterans, and women in engineering. She will be applying this knowledge to initiate a new project on social science students. This experience can be leveraged to assist community-based agencies engaged in STEM education in diverse disciplines. Dr. Mobley has also taught a graduate-level evaluation course for 11 years through which she and her students have designed process and outcome evaluations for diverse community-based clients, including Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Littlejohn Community Center, Safe Harbor, Clemson Community Care, the Parenting Place, and United Way of Pickens County.

    Nasaskyia HicksNasaskyia Hicks, Research Project Manager

    Dr. Hicks is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Justice and Social Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Master of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University. Her previous research has focused on evaluating predictors of delinquency, the effectiveness of school-based prevention programs, and the disparate impact of exclusionary discipline practices in public K-12 schools. She has authored grants and developed prevention programs to combat disruptive behavior in elementary and middle schools. Dr. Hicks will lead interdisciplinary social research projects and is currently working on a community policing and public safety project. Dr. Hicks is also an Adjunct Faculty at Anderson University.

    Faculty Advisory Board

    Katherine WeisenseeKatherine Weisensee, Chair and Associate Professor

    Dr. Weisensee’s research program focuses on innovative methods applied to health research along two distinct avenues. The first is research currently funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health, “Craniofacial Dysmorphology Associated with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome using Three-Dimensional Morphometrics” Small Research Grants for Establishing Basic Science-Clinical Collaborations to Understand Structural Birth Defects.” This research is in collaboration with Curtis Rogers, M.D., at the Greenwood Genetics Center. The project uses 3d photogrammetric methods for analyzing craniofacial features to determine the dysmorphologies associated with Phelan-McDermid (PMS) syndrome and to examine changes in growth and development patterns. The craniofacial 3d modeling of dysmorphologies in rare genetic diseases is in collaboration with Curtis Rogers, M.D., at the Greenwood Genetics Center. Dr. Rogers is one of the leading experts on PMS and he has been part of the community of scholars and family advocates since the syndrome was first identified.

    Natallia SiankoNatallia Sianko, Associate Professor

    Dr. Sianko is a broadly trained social scientist whose focus on research, teaching, and service activities transcend disciplinary boundaries and relates to various stakeholders, including the general scientific community, students, non-profit organizations, and governments. She contributes to the promotion of social justice and human rights, with a special focus on children and youth. Dr. Sianko’s research portfolio includes individual and collaborative initiatives on civic engagement and democratic competence among adolescents in established and aspiring democracies, help-seeking in adolescent dating violence, and monitoring and assessing the right to benefit from scientific progress. As an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methodology, advises graduate students in the research design and analysis, and oversees data collection, entry, and management of a multi-year, multi-site, federally funded research project.

    Kyle McLeanKyle McLean, Assistant Professor

    Dr. McLean graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2018 and was named the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Sciences (LEADS) Academic in 2019. Dr. McLean works with law enforcement officers across the country to assess and recommend evidence-based practices for police departments. Dr. McLean is currently leading a team of researchers that was awarded more than $892,000 from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate a police de-escalation training program.

    Heather Hensman KettreyHeather Hensman Kettrey, Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kettrey is a sociologist whose research focuses on power, violence, and inequality specifically as they pertain to gender, sexuality, and race. Prior to arriving at Clemson, Dr. Kettrey held an appointment as a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute (PRI) and was a Senior Researcher at PRI's Meta-Analysis Center. Her most recent large-scale project is a meta-analysis that examines the effects of college sexual assault prevention programs on perpetration, victimization, and attitudes regarding sexual assault (with Co-Investigator Martie Thompson). Dr. Kettrey’s research has been funded by The Campbell Collaboration, March of Dimes, and the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. She remains committed to using empirical science to understand and alleviate tangible social problems and is always looking for student research collaborators.

    Graduate Assistants

    Monica NwajeiMonika Nwajei, Research Assistant

    Ms. Monika Nwajei is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. She is also an awardee of the Spring 22 Clemson University Interdisciplinary Fellowship. Ms. Monika Nwajei graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Minor in Conflict Resolution/Prelaw. Her research interests in sociology center on the knowledge of human relationships in the justice system, juvenile sentencing trends, and juvenile sex offender registration policies. As a Research Assistant, Ms. Monika Nwajei has worked on several Bureau of Justice Assistance grants, including Adult Drug Court, Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP), and the Connect and Project Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response. Ms. Monika Nwajei plans to utilize the research and grant writing experience gained at Clemson University to pursue a Ph.D.

    Cadi ImbodyCadi Imbody, Research Assistant

    Ms. Cadi Imbody is a first-year graduate student from Walhalla, South Carolina, obtaining a Master’s in Social Science. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Mobley’s STEM-SBS project. Cadi is learning to assess the identity development, retention, and success of sociology students and those working in the field. Cadi is passionate about women's rights, social justice, and her eight-month-old lab retriever puppy. She is looking forward to supporting other social research projects at the Center for Justice and Social Research.

  • Projects
    • Acquisition of Common-Use Geophysical Equipment for Locating, Researching, and Protecting Archaeological and Cultural Resources on Clemson University Landscapes
    • An Evaluation of De-Escalation Training to Understand the Links between Training and Outcomes
    • Assessment of Cognitive Performance-Based Training to Improve Police Decision-Making 
    • Community Food and Mental Health Assessment for Rural South Carolina
    • Explaining the Choice, Persistence, and Attrition of Black Students in Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering 
    • GIS Application for Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database
    • Missouri 29th Judicial Circuit Co-Occurring Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative
    • Oconee County (SC) Addiction Recovery & Solutions Initiative 
    • Oconee County (SC) Justice and Mental Health Planning & Implementation Initiative
    • Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines: Review and Revision 
    • Perceptions of Policing among Nicholtown Community Residents
    • The Missouri 29th Judicial Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Enhancement Initiative
    • Urbanization and the Transformation of Village Land Rights in China
  • Contact Us

    Location: Brackett 130I
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Phone: 864-656-3238

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