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Dr. Michele W. Covington

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Central Florida, 2010
Master of Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina, 2004
B.S. Sociology, Lander University, 2002

Areas of Specialty in Teaching
Policing
Violence 
Homeland Security 
Ethics 
Research Methods 

Areas of Specialty in Research
Violence and Homicide
Policing 
Crime Analysis
Sex Offenses   
Women in Criminal Justice  

Professional Scholarship
Publications:

  • Covington, M.W. (Forthcoming). Murder of Police. The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment.
  • Covington, M.W. and Libby, N. (Forthcoming). Trust and Transparency in Policing, Proceedings of the Futures Working Group.
  • Covington, M.W., Huff-Corzine, L., & Corzine, J. (2014). Investigating Personal, Situational, and Geographical Causes of Batteries Against Police Officers. Violence and Victims.
  • Covington, M.W. (2014). Miranda Warnings. Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics.
  • Covington, M.W. (2014). Stop and Frisk. Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics.
  • Covington, M.W. (2012). Book Review: Policing Cybercrime: A Structural and Cultural Analysis. Criminal Justice Review 37: 130-132.
  • Tewksbury, R., Mustaine, E.E., & Covington, M.W. (2010). Offender Presence, Available Victims, Social Disorganization and Sex Offense Rates. American Journal of Criminal Justice 24(1/2): 1-14.
  • Covington, M.W. and Jasinski, J.L. (2009). Incarcerated Adult and Juvenile Females: Special Issues to Consider. In Roslyn Muraskin (Ed.), Key Correctional Issues (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Pelfrey, W.V. & Covington, M.W. (2007). Deaths in Custody: The Utility of Data Collected from County Coroners. Criminal Justice Studies 20(1): 65-78.
  • Pelfrey, W.V. & (Covington) White, M. (2004). South Carolina Deaths in Custody: Final Report of Research. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Public Safety Office of Safety and Grants. 

    Professional Presentations:

    • Covington, M.W. “Perceptions of Violent Crime on a College Campus.” (Posted presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2013)
    • Covington, M.W. and Jasinski, J. “You’re Not Welcome Here: The Efficacy of Residency Restrictions for Sexual Predators.” (Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2012)
    • Covington, M.W. “Exploring the Link between Alcohol& Violence against Police Officers.” (Poster presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 2011)
    • Covington, M.W. “Correlates of Violence against Police Officers in Orlando.” (Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, November 2010)
    • Covington, M.W. “Violence against Police Officers: A Criminal Event Analysis.” (Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2010)
    • Covington, M. W. “Violence Against Police Officers in Orlando: A Geographic Representation.” (Poster presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2009)
    • Mustaine, E.E., Tewksbury, R., & Covington, M.W. “Offender Presence, Available Victims, Social Disorganization and Sex Offense Rates.” (Poster presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2009)
    • Covington, M.W. “Self-Reported Victimizations of Orlando Police Officers.” (Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2009)
    • Covington, M.W. & Jasinski, J.L. “You’re Not Welcome Here: The Efficacy of Residency Restrictions for Sexual Predators.” (Poster presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2008)
    • Covington, M.W. Lethal Assaults against Police Officers (2000-2005):A Descriptive Analysis.” (Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2008)

      Grant Activity: 

      • “RISE: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement” Grant (funded)
        Funding Agency: USC Office of the Vice President for Research
        Principal Investigator
        : Dr. Michele Covington
        Grant Period
        : May 2014-December 2014
        Total Grant Amount
        : $5,000.00
      • “Smart Policing Initiative: FY2011 Competitive Grant” (funded)
        Funding Agency
        : Bureau of Justice Statistics
        Principal Investigators
        : Dr. Catherine Marcum, Dr. Adam Bossler, and Dr. Michele Covington
        Grant Period
        : October 2011-Summer 2013
        Total Grant Amount
        : $262,551.56
        Total Grant Amount for GSU Subcontractor Evaluation Fee
        : $38,450

        Department Chair

        Dr. Reid C. Toth 
        Media 306 
        (864) 503-5614

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