Shawn Keller's research examines criminal justice from a biosocial perspective examining
the role epigenetics has on criminal and deviant behavior. He also has a special interest
in the use of future technologies to protect the public: Facial recognition, 3D Evidence
presentation, replacing physical and photographic evidence with 3D modeling (digital
crime scene preservation), 3D printing and gun control laws, Body cameras with AI
assistance, and use of personal and surveillance drones. Other interests include identification
of protective factors to reduce and stop the cycle of violence, effective methods
of offender rehabilitation, and public perceptions of policing.
- Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
- M.S. in Criminal Justice, Jacksonville State University
- B.S. in Criminal Justice, Jacksonville State University
- Biosocial Criminology
- Technology and Crime
- White Collar Crime
- Green Criminology
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Students will learn Biosocial approaches to understanding crime with a concentration
on Social, Environmental, and Psychological approaches.
Courses OfferedToggle Courses Offered
- CCJ 3095 Professional Development in CJ
- CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior
- CCJ 3700 Meth Criminal Justice Research
- CCJ 3701 Criminal Justice Data Analysis
- CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Crim Justice System
- CCJ 4450 Leadership & Management in CJ Agencies
- Armstrong, T., Keller, S., Franklin, T., & MacMillan, S. (2009). Low Resting Heart
Rate and Antisocial Behavior: A Brief Review of Evidence and Preliminary Results from
a New Test. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36(11), 1115-1130.
- Armstrong, T., Boutwell, B., Flores, S., Symonds, M., Keller, S., Gangitano, D. (2014).
Monoamine Oxidase-A Genotype, Childhood Adversity, and Criminal Behavior. Psychiatric Genetics, 24(4), 164-171.
- Keller, S. (2010). Comorbidity of inhalant use and other problem behaviors in intergenerational
perspective. In Inhalant Abuse and Related Problem Behaviors Across Generations in
a National Sample. National Youth Survey Family Study Project Report Number 2/National Youth Survey
Report Number 61, Final Report to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pp. 110-124.
- Menard, S., Keller, S., Guclu, T., Gulen, E., and Bowman, L. (2010). Comorbidity:
inhalant use, crime, and the tripartite conceptual framework. In Inhalant Abuse and
Related Problem Behaviors Across Generations in a National Sample. National Youth Survey Family Study Project Report Number 2/National Youth Survey Report
Number 61, Final Report to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pp. 68-85.