Research Fellows

Stacey A. Hall - PhD
Associate Dean, College of Business

Phone: 601.266.6308

Dr. Hall’s expertise is in the area of sport safety and security management. She has published in leading international sport management, homeland security, and emergency management journals and has co-authored two textbooks – Global Sport Facility Operations Management and Security Management for Sports and Special Events. Additionally, she has been invited to publish in national magazines such as Athletic Management, Athletic Administration, and Security Magazine. Dr. Hall has been referred to as one of the nation’s leading experts in sport security with interviews in USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, CBS New York, and also appeared on a live national broadcast of ESPN Outside the Lines. Dr. Hall was one of 150 experts from across the globe invited to attend the first International Sport Security Conference in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Hall has presented at international and national conferences, and conducted invited presentations for U.S. federal and state agencies, college athletic conferences, and professional sport leagues, including Major League Soccer (MLS).

Dr. Hall has been the principal investigator on external grant awards in excess of $4M. Funded projects included awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop risk management curriculum for sport security personnel at NCAA institutions, conduct risk assessments at college sport stadia, and develop training programs for sport venue staff. Dr. Hall has also been involved in several service projects including the development of a risk assessment tool for U.S. sport stadia in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and International Association of Venue Managers; development of a disaster mitigation plan post-Katrina for the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority; and development of a sport safety and security system for a K-12 school district in Houston, TX.

Dr. Hall teaches undergraduate and graduate sport management courses in economics, finance, and security. She developed a graduate level emphasis area in sport security management for the Master’s program at Southern Miss. Dr. Hall has completed threat/risk assessment training through the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center; terrorist bombing training through New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials and Testing Center; and special events contingency planning for public safety agencies training through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

A competitive soccer player, Hall was team captain for the Northern Ireland International Soccer Team. She retired in 2008. Hall now resides in Hattiesburg, MS.

Joshua Hill - PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice

Phone: 601.266.4509

Joshua B. Hill is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi and a Fellow at the Office of Global Perspectives and Metropolitan Center at the University of Central Florida. His research areas focus on homeland security and terrorism, with a particular interest in terrorist targeting and event-based analysis. Dr. Hill previously worked for the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups as a lead analyst where he was in charge of the research arm of the Institute. In addition to his current faculty role at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Hill serves as the Master’s Coordinator for the School of Criminal Justice. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University, and a PhD in Criminal Justice, also from Sam Houston State University. He is the co-author of Homeland Security in America with Nancy Marion and Will Oliver, and Introduction to Cybercrime, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Laura Gulledge - PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice

Phone: 601.266.4509

Laura Gulledge is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Florida. She also holds a Master of Arts and PhD. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include school crime and victimization, including security pertaining to youth sporting events. Other research interests include intervention strategies for juvenile offenders in diversion programs, co-occurring disorders in juvenile populations, and psychosocial risk factors associated with delinquency. Dr. Gulledge’s research has appeared in various journals including Criminal Justice & Behavior, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Crime and Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, & Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. She frequently presents at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology as well as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Gulledge teaches the juvenile law module to police recruits at the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute at Camp Shelby. Currently, she is teaching courses at USM on juvenile justice, juvenile corrections, and juvenile law. Last year, she was nominated for the College of Science and Technology Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

Kelley Gonzales - PhD
Manager of Education

Phone: 601.266.4615

Dr. Kelley Gonzales is the Manager of Education for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Mississippi State University. Dr. Gonzales also holds a PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi in Instructional Technology and Design completing her research and dissertation in the area of teachers’ confidence and preparedness for teaching mobile learners. Her current research interests include safety and security for after school activities and interscholastic athletics, and instructional design models for adult learners. Dr. Gonzales is currently a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Educational Technology (IJET).

Joslyn Zale - PhD
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography and Geology

Phone: 601.266.6867

Dr. Zale is an adjunct faculty member with the USM’s Department of Geography and Geology, teaching geographic information science/systems and cartography courses. Her research interests include: (1) modeling evacuation from venues of mass gathering; (2) social media use before, during, and after hazard events; (3) geospatial big data sources and uses; (4) multi-scale and spatio-temporal modeling; (5) assessing and modeling risk, vulnerability, and resilience to hazard events; (6) citizen science as related to hazard events; and (7) location privacy. Dr. Zale’s research has appeared in numerous publications, including Professional Geographer, the Journal of Emergency Management, and Southeastern Geographer, and she has presented her work at national and international conferences and to U.S. Congressional delegations. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Management.

Dr. Zale received a PhD in Geography from USM. Her dissertation examined the effects of audience-specific physical and psychological characteristics (e.g., physical fitness, alcohol consumption, and prior experience with hazard events and the venue) on football stadium evacuation time. Dr. Zale holds MS in Geography and MS in Sport Management, both from USM, and a BS in Kinesiology from Penn State University. She received scholarships and assistantships to fully fund her graduate education, including collaborating on research grants from the DHS, NSF, U.S. Department of Education, and the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security in excess of $14 million.

John Miller - PhD
Visiting Professor, Sport Management

Phone: 601.266.5778

Dr. John Miller received his doctorate at the University of New Mexico in Sport Administration. After completing a 16-year career as a distinguished intercollegiate swimming coach, he taught at Texas Tech University in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences where he was the director of the Sport Management graduate program as well as Associate Chair and Professor. He later served as Associate Dean and Professor of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He has written more than 65 peer-reviewed publications in academic sport management journals focusing mainly on risk management and legal aspects of sport. Additionally, Dr. Miller has authored three books, written 22 book chapters and conducted more than 160 research presentations at national and international conferences. He also serves on six editorial review boards of nationally recognized academic sport management journals as well as guest editor for the Sport Management Education Journal and editor of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.

Dr. Miller is a Research Fellow in Research Consortium, Research Fellow in the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and Fellow in the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Additionally, he was awarded the Distinguished Scholar from the School and Community Safety Society of America. He has also served as President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) and member at-large on the Executive Council for the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

Justin Kurland - PhD
Manager of Interscholastic Sports Safety and Security

Phone: 601.266.5022

Justin is the Manager for Interscholastic Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He currently manages NCS4’s initiative to improve the safety and security of High School Interscholastic Athletics across the nation, which includes providing leadership and oversight in the development of best practices and related educational trainings. Justin also oversees NCS4’s research fellows who provide expertise and generate peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers on various aspects of sport safety and security from across the world.

Prior to his current position at NCS4, Justin was a Senior Lecturer (US equivalent of Associate Professor) for the Institute of Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato (New Zealand). There he taught several foundational graduate level courses on security, crime science, and prevention, in addition to serving as a principal investigator on numerous security related grants. Before taking his position as a Senior Lecturer, Justin was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University’s School of Criminal Justice, where he conducted research with Stockholm Prize Winner (Criminology’s Nobel Prize) and the Associate Director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, Professor Ronald V. Clarke, focusing primarily on aspects of spatiotemporal crime pattern analysis and situational prevention and a range of topics including the effectiveness of barriers in preventing suicide bombings in Israel.

Justin has a PhD in Security and Crime Science from University College London. His dissertation entitled “The Ecology of Football-Related Crime and Disorder” explored how variation in the environment of the area around stadia when they were used for soccer games as opposed to days in which these facilities were not used facilitated different criminal opportunities and risk. This was achieved through the analysis of various datasets, including, but not limited to police-recorded crime data, attendance figures from games, and numerous aspects of the physical and social landscape around these stadia such as the street network and constellation of facilities such as pubs that are routinely visited during game days. Justin received a studentship (US equivalent to a full scholarship plus a living stipend) from related research he conducted for the Government Office for London (GoL), the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU), and the Scottish Government to fully fund his doctoral studies. He also holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Brian P. Schaefer - PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Brian P. Schaefer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and teaches in the criminology and criminal justice, cybercriminology and security studies, and intelligence analysis degree programs. His research interests focus on policing, particularly police culture, police investigations, police violence and violence towards the police, police technologies, and police training. Current projects include an evaluation of a police department’s adoption of body-worn cameras and the examination of how misdemeanor offenses effect local criminal justice systems. He is a member of the Research Network for Misdemeanor Justice at John Jay College and a Commonwealth Scholar at the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky at the University of Louisville. He has published numerous technical reports, book chapters, and articles published in journals such as Theoretical Criminology, Deviant Behavior, and British Journal of Criminology. He is also co-author of The Police and Society (4th Edition). He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from McKendree University, a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.