Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD
Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD

Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Criminal Justice

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Cultural and Social Studies

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Criminology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Statistical Analysis

Biography

Dr. Rebecca Murray is the Associate Dean of Social and Applied Sciences for the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences.  She received her Ph.D. In Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 2005 and has been at Creighton since then as a Sociology faculty.  She served as chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Studies from 2012-2016.   Dr. Murray has served in several roles of faculty governance, serving two terms as Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, and has been an active member of the steering committee for the College's Partners in Mission.  She has authored/co-authored 2 books and over a dozen articles that research a number of topics, including  the spatial analysis of crime,  and the effect of urban structures on crime and violence. She has also be the Primary Investigator for two federal grants, which have supported the creation and operation of the Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy, which is located at Creighton but which serves victim advocates across the state.  She has also been the recipeint of several local grants, one of which is supporting her current research looking at judicial discretion in domestic violence protection orders.  She has partnered with the city of Omaha in evaluating several grants, including the federal Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, and aiding numerous non-profit agencies with evaluating their effots at violence intervention and prevention.  She currenlty sits on the Board of Directors for the Police Research and Policy Group, as well as the Nebraska Innocence Project.  

Education

  • B.S. (1996) Creighton University, Sociology (summa cum laude)
  • M.A. (2002) University of Nebraska at Omaha, Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D.(2005) University of Nebraska at Omaha, Criminal Justice

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Murray, Rebecca, Gegner, Laurel, Pelton, Justin Policies, Procedures and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska, Making Justice: Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform, 88-116, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca Innocence Project, The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca; Gegner, Laurel; Pelton, Justin. Policies, Procedures and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska. Making Justice: Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform., Routledge, 2012
  • Crank, John; Murray, Rebecca; Irlbeck, Dawn; Sundermeier, Mark. Mission Based Policing., CRC Press- Taylor and Francis Group, 2011
  • Murray, Rebecca. Examining Measurement Issues in Alcohol Establishment Research., Jones and Bartlett, 2010
  • Murray, Rebecca Examining Measurement Issues in Alcohol Establishment Research, Criminology and Criminal Justice: Theory, Research Methods and Statistics, 73-92, 2010
  • Murray, R. K. Chapter 13: Limited dependent variables. In J. Walker, & S. Maddan (Eds.), Statistics in criminology and criminal justice: Analysis and Interpretation, Jones and Bartlett, 2 Ed. , 301-323, 2005
  • Murray, R. K. Chaptern 13: Limited dependent variables, Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation., 301-323, 2005

Articles

  • The Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy (NEVAA) offers interdisciplinary, academically-based foundation-level education for professionals from all arenas who assist crime victims. Victims of crime are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, often stripped of inherent human dignity (US Council of Catholic Bishops, 2000). Advocates, educators, medical personnel, law enforcement and allied professionals are often a victim.s lifeline; their first step in the healing process. NEVAA was created through a federal grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (which funds it through October 2014, after which private funding will be needed) to help those who come into contact with victims better serve them., Creighton University, 2014
  • Murray, Rebecca. Innocence Project. In: The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca K. and Swatt, Marc L. Disaggregating the Relationship Between Schools and Crime: A Spatial Analysis., Crime & Delinquency, 59, 163-190, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca K., Swatt, Marc L. Disaggregating the Relationship Between Schools and Crime: A Spatial Analysis, Crime & Delinquency, 59, 163-190, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca. Researchers, Police and Crime Analysts: A Conversation with the Deaf and a Tour with the Blind., ACJS Today, 37, 13-19, 2012
  • Crank, John; Irlbeck, Dawn; Murray, Rebecca; Sundermeier, Mark. Mission-based policing: Rethinking the relationship of police to crime., Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, 13, 103-120, 2012
  • Murray, Rebecca Researchers, Police and Crime Analysts: A Conversation with the Deaf and a Tour with the Blind, ACJS Today, 37, 13-19, 2012
  • Crank, John, Irlbeck, Dawn, Murray, Rebecca, Sundermeier, Mark Mission-based policing: Rethinking the relationship of police to crime, Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, 13, 103-120, 2012
  • Maloney, Erin, Gann, Shaun, Murray, Rebecca K., Clark, John W., Hartley, Richard D. Book Reviews, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 203-213, 2009
  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Mason, S. (Director). 2008 Writ Writer [motion picture] United States: Passage Productions and Independent Television Service]., Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 2009
  • Murray, Rebecca K. (Ed.). All Stars Evaluation 2008-2009: Final Report., Otoe County Drug Resistance Program, 2009
  • Maloney, Erin; Gann, Shaun; Murray, Rebecca K.; Clark, John W.; Hartley, Richard D. Book Reviews., Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2009
  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Mason, S. (Director). 2008 Writ Writer [motion picture] United States: Passage Productions and Independent Television Service], Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 2009
  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Gustavsson, Bengt. (ed.) the principles of knowledge creation: research methods in the soical sciences. E.Elgar, 2007]., Choice, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Gustavsson, Bengt. (ed.) the principles of knowledge creation: research methods in the soical sciences. E.Elgar, 2007], Choice, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K. Immigrant Communities and Media Perceptions of Place., Journal of Social and Ecological Boundries, 42065, 33-52, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K. and Roneck, Dennis W. Measuring Diffusion of Assults around Bars through Radius and Adjacency Techniques., Criminal Justice Review, 33, 199-220, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K., Roneck, Dennis W. Measuring Diffusion of Assults around Bars through Radius and Adjacency Techniques, Criminal Justice Review, 33, 199-220, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K. Immigrant Communities and Media Perceptions of Place, Journal of Social and Ecological Boundries, 3, 33-52, 2008
  • Herz, Denise, Murray, Rebecca Exploring Arrestee Drug Use in Rural Nebraska, Journal of Drug Issues, 33, 99-118, 2003
  • Herz, Denise; Murray, Rebecca. Exploring Arrestee Drug Use in Rural Nebraska., Journal of Drug Issues, 99-118, 2003

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Spatial analysis of crime Victim advocacy

Current Research Projects

  • The role of Judicial Discretion in domestic violence protection orders. The role of alcohol serving establishments on neighborhood violence.

Grant Funding Received

  • FY 11 State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative
  • External: 2012 - Present, Omaha "Reentry, Integrative Service, and Engagement (RISE) Initiative Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant
  • Internal: Faculty Summer Research Fellowship recipient: "Policies, Procedures, and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska"
  • FY 16 Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy VOCA Discretionary Grant
  • Domestic Violence and the Judicial Response to Persons Seeking Orders of Protection.

Awards and Honors

  • Service Award, Strategic Planning Committee, 2015
  • Rising Star Alumni Award, University of Nebraka at Omaha, 2011
  • Finalist - Outstanding Book Award 2011, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2011