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Alicia H Sitren

Associate Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Punishment Philosophies, Deterrence Theory, Rural and Urban Jails, Jail Visitation Polices, Elite Crime



Alicia H. Sitren earned a doctoral degree in Public Affairs with a Criminal Justice Specialization from the University of Central Florida in 2007. Dr. Sitren's dissertation examined the deterrent effects of personal and vicarious experiences with punishment and punishment avoidance. Utilizing a survey methodology that includes more traditional questions as well as a factorial approach, the dissertation examined experiences associated with criminality among a sample of convicted adult offenders to test central elements of deterrence theory.

Presently, Dr. Sitren's published works have been devoted to revisions of deterrence theory, jails, and experiences of probationers. In addition to these published works, Sitren is currently working towards the completion of several projects, including a public opinion poll comparing white-collar and street crime, and the development of a criminology-econometric model to examine decisions making processes.

Historically, Sitren has taught courses in criminological theory, research methods, corrections and penology, and criminal justice systems. In particular, Sitren has a passion to pursue the study of white-collar crime. With an undergraduate background in finance from the University of Central Florida, and additional training in security and fraud identification, she is enthusiastic about expanding her research and teaching agendas to include the study of econometric modeling and white-collar crime.

Publications & Presentations

Sitren, Alicia H., Hayden P. Smith, Brandon K. Applegate, and Laurie A. Gould. (2009).
Jail Visitation: An Assessment of Organizational Policy and Information Availability.
Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 5, 207-220.

Applegate, Brandon K., Caity Cable, and Alicia H. Sitren. (2009). Academia’s Most
Wanted: The Characteristics of Desirable Academic Job Candidates in Criminology and
Criminal Justice. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 20-39.

Smith, Hayden P., Brandon K. Applegate, Alicia H. Sitren, and Nicolette Springer.
(2009). The Limits of Individual Control? Perceived Officer Power and Probationer
Compliance. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 241-247.

Applegate, Brandon K., Hayden P. Smith, Alicia H. Sitren, and Nicolette Springer.
(2009). From the Inside: The Meaning of Probation to Probationers. Criminal Justice
Review, 39
, 80-95.

Springer, Nicolette, Brandon K. Applegate, Hayden P. Smith, and Alicia H. Sitren.
(2009). Exploring the Determinants of Probationers’ Perceptions of Their
Supervising Officers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 48, 210-227.

Applegate, Brandon K. and Alicia H. Sitren. (2008). The Jail and the Community:
Comparing Jails in Rural and Urban Contexts. The Prison Journal, 88, 252-269.

Wan, Thomas T.H. and Alicia H. Sitren. (2007). Public Affairs Informatics Research
Editorial. International Journal of Public Policy, 2, 163-168.

Sitren, Alicia H. and Brandon K. Applegate. (2007). Testing the Deterrent Effects of Personal and Vicarious Experience with Punishment and Punishment Avoidance. Deviant Behavior, 28, 29-55.

Sitren, Alicia H. and Brandon K. Applegate. (2006). Intentions to Offend: Examining the
Effects of Personal and Vicarious Experiences with Punishment and Punishment
Avoidance. Journal of Crime and Justice, 29, 25-51.

Gould, Laurie A. and Alicia H. Sitren. (2005). Crime and Punishment: Punishment
Philosophies and Ethical Dilemmas. In Michael C. Braswell, Belinda R. McCarthy &
Bernard J. McCarthy (Eds.), Justice, Crime and Ethics 5th Ed. Cincinnati: Anderson.

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2126

(904) 620-1776