Faculty

Dr. Karen S. Miller, Director
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science
Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice Studies
(304) 473-8092

Dr. Karen Miller has taught at Wesleyan since 2008. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Miller has published two books and several journal articles. Her research interests include: wrongful convictions, capital punishment, bullying behaviors and victimization.

Courses: Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice System, Correctional Institutions, Sociology Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice, Social Theory, Domestic Violence, Drugs & Society, Social Problems, Deviance & Social Control, and Internships

Dr. Melissa Buice
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Justice Studies
(304) 473-8434

Dr. Buice began teaching at Wesleyan in 2014. She earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.  She has traveled and conducted field research in La Paz, Bolivia, in addition to living and traveling extensively in Mexico. Dr. Buice previously held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri.  Her research interests include the politics of gender and ethnicity in developing nations, the effects of informal economic activity on political behavior, and the role of social movements in policy outcomes. Her research has been published in The American Political Science Review. 

Courses: Introduction to Political Science, Model United Nations, Research Methods, American Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Classical Political Theory

Dr. Molly Clever
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies
(304) 473-8093

Dr. Clever began teaching at Wesleyan in 2014. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2014, her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2009, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has published articles on the transformation of the global political system after the Cold War, as well as articles on military families and children. Her research interests include warfare, the military, and the political transformations of states. 

Courses: Introduction to Sociology; Social Stratification; Sex and Gender; Introduction to Social Justice; Community, Social Change & Development

Craig Jankowski
Instructor for Criminal Justice
(304) 473-8135

Mr. Jankowski began teaching at Wesleyan in 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marshall University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Jankowski’s research interests include online music piracy, popular culture, media, and violent crime. He serves as co-advisor for Kappa Mu, the criminal justice student group.

Courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Violent Crime; Criminology; Correctional Institutions; Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Policing

Dr. Robert O. Rupp
Professor of History and Political Science
(304) 473-8561

Dr. Rupp began teaching at Wesleyan in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He serves on the faculty in both History and Political Science. He is the author of several publications, including The Primary that made a President: Kennedy and the 1960 Battleground in West Virginia, a book published by West Virginia University Press. Dr. Rupp has served as scriptwriter and narrator on documentary films, and has presented lectures at conferences and meetings throughout the state and across the country. He is the recipient of several grants from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the U.S. Department of Education, including several to assist in the professional development of public school history teachers in West Virginia.

Courses: American National Government, American Foreign Policy, Politics & Film, Senior Seminar, West Virginia Politics, Parties and Elections, The American Presidency