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College of Education and Public Policy

Associate Professor Jospeter Mbuba

Jospeter M. Mbuba, Ph.D.Photo of Jospeter Mbuba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


  • Louisiana State University Ph.D., 2004, Sociology/Criminology  (Dissertation)
  • University of Nairobi M.A., 1997, Sociology   (Thesis)
  • Egerton University B.A., 1992, Sociology & Economics

Research Interest

Prof. Mbuba’s research focuses on the role of policing and law enforcement in crime prevention and order restoration. He teaches law enforcement, juvenile justice, theoretical perspectives, research methods, and program evaluation, among others. He is the recipient of the 2011 and 2012 Outstanding Faculty Awards. Prof. Mbuba is currently analyzing ways in which cultural challenges of recent Asian immigrants to the United States may precipitate involvement in deviant and criminal forms of behavior. He also enjoys conducting program evaluation for criminal justice agencies as well as delivering invited presentations on how the discovery of the "hidden rules" of teaching Millennial students can enhance student success and boost retention.

Selected Publications

Mbuba, J. M. 2012. "Lethal Rejection: Recounting Offenders’ Experience in Prison and Societal Reaction Post Release." The Prison Journal, 92(2) 231-252.

Mbuba, J.M. and Mugambi, F., 2011. "Approaches to Crime Control and Order Maintenance in Transitional Societies: The Role of Village Headmen, Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs & Administration Police in Rural Kenya." African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, 4(2) 1-1.

Mbuba, J.M. and Hancock, B. W., 2010. "Predicting Methamphetamine and Other Drug Offending: Evidence From a Rural and an Urban County." Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 38(2), 74-84.

Mbuba, J. M., 2010. "Attitudes Toward the Police: The Significance of Race and Other Factors among College Students". Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(3)201-215.

Mbuba, J. M., 2010. Book Review: Criminological Theory: Past to Present, Essential Readings. 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press. 606 Pages. By Francis T. Cullen and Robert Agnew, (eds.). 2006. International Journal of Social Inquiry, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 213-215.

Mbuba, J. M., 2009. “Do Members of Racial Minority Groups Have an Affinity With Serious Crime: An Empirical Analysis.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 121-134.

Mbuba, J. M., 2008. “The Criminal is to Go Free Because the Constable Has Blundered: Challenges of Law Enforcement in the Face of the Exclusionary Rule.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology; Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 55-62.

Mbuba, J. M. and Grenier, C. E., 2008. “Prognostics of Recidivism for Incarcerated Juvenile Offenders: More evidence.” International Journal of Social Inquiry, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 75-88.

Mbuba, J. M., 2007. “Race and Women in Crime: A Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Comparison of Arrests for Black and Latino Females with White Females.” International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences; Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 101-108.

Recent Presentations

Service Learning in Northeastern Indiana: Spanish, Criminal Justice, Health, and Education. 13th annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL (2012).

Inter-Campus Faculty Partnerships to Develop Interactive Online Training Modules for Service Learning Students. Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit, Indianapolis, IN (2012).

Shouldn’t Society Forgive and Forget My Crime After I Complete My Prison Term? Recounting Societal Treatment of Offenders Post Release, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, TN (2011).

Crime and Disorder Control in Transitional Societies: The Role of Village Headmen and Administration Police in Rural Kenya, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Tampa, FL (2010).

Examining the Impact of Higher Education on Conventional Predictors of Public Attitude Towards the Police, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Diego, CA (2010).

Understanding the Rise of Violent and Non-violent Crime in Kenyan Urban Neighborhoods, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Diego, CA (2010).

Attitude Towards The Police: The Significance of Race and Other Factors among Higher Educational Achievers, Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, Chicago, IL (2009).

Highlights of Community Service

Prof. Mbuba is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. He serves on the Department of Public Policy Academic Assessment Committee. In Fall 2011, he organized a highly successful Service Learning symposium that drew participants from over ten community agencies that render services to crime victims among refugees, immigrants and non-English-speaking residents of northeastern Indiana. He has previously served as panel chair at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conferences, Vice President of Programs at the International Cultural Center, LSU; Member of School Improvement Team, University Terrace Elementary in Louisiana; and as Member of Board of Governors at Karamugi Secondary School in Kenya.