Program Faculty

Olena Antonaccio

Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice MS/Certificate Program


(305) 284-2075
Olena Antonaccio is a professor at the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Her areas of specialty are crime, social control, and sociological theory. Her research interests include empirical tests and the development of theories of crime and victimization and their application to various problem areas such as cybersecurity, particularly...

Roger G. Dunham



(305) 284-6170

Nicole Leeper Piquero

Interim Dean, Graduate School
Chair of Sociology and Criminology


(305) 284-6172
Nicole Leeper Piquero is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. as well as her M.A. and B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Professor Piquero has published over 95 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of...

Amie L Nielsen

Assoc. Professor
Director of Graduate Studies


(305) 284-6158

Kathryn M Nowotny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


(305) 284-6154
Dr. Kathryn Nowotny is Associate Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Miami where she directs the Miami Health & Justice Lab (www.miamihealthjustice.com). Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the multilevel factors that create increased risk for poor health among justice-involved people and...

Nick Petersen

Associate Professor


(305) 284-6169

Alexis Piquero

Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar


(305) 284-4220
Alex R. Piquero is Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar the University of Miami and previously served as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one of the nation’s thirteen federal statistical agencies (appointed by President Biden, June 2022). Dr. Piquero...

Affiliated Sociology and Criminology Department Faculty

Robert J Johnson



(305) 284-4973

Jan Sokol-Katz

Senior Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty Advisor


(305) 284-6762
Jan Sokol-Katz is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Dr. Sokol-Katz is a Faculty Advisor of undergraduates, the Department’s Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Phi Sigma honor society chapters, and of the Sociology and Criminology Club and URecovery: Collegiate Recovery...

Ellen S. Venzer

Lecturer: Judge in Residence


(305) 284-3111