Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Head of the Criminal Justice Department
Chair of the Social Sciences Division
Christine Bussey has been a collegiate educator for more than a decade. Prior to joining the faculty at Judson, she taught a variety of undergraduate criminal justice classes for six years at The University of Alabama. In addition to teaching, she has assisted in myriad research projects: substance abuse reported by arrestees, juvenile participant satisfaction with restorative justice, post-release aspirations of juvenile detainees, case outcomes in domestic violence arrests, gender construction within jail inmate parenting programs, and creation of “textual outlaws” through Labour’s RESPECT initiative. Most recently, she worked as an analyst for the Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans, a task force funded by the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In this capacity, she aided metropolitan police in screening and detecting possible victims of labor and sexual trafficking. Prior to working in academia, she served as a Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime case manager in Jefferson County, Alabama, which entailed assessing arrestees for substance abuse and dependence, making referrals to social service agencies, and reporting client compliance with program dictates. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. Her dissertation,”Remapping Modern-Day Slavery through Exploration of the Cinematic Human Trafficking Universe,” utilizes both the emergent interdisciplinary field of law and film and feminist textual analysis to examine the scripts of human trafficking victimization propagated through cinema.