Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Vuk joined the Department of Criminology at the University of West Georgia in 2017 after receiving her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. She obtained her BA and MA in Social Pedagogy (Behavioral disorders) from the University of Zagreb, and MS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University. Her research and teaching interests include corrections, rehabilitation, re-entry, criminological theory, and public opinion. 

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Social Pedagogy, University of Zagreb, 2008
  • M.A., Social Pedagogy, University of Zagreb, 2010
  • M.S., Criminology & Criminal Justice, Indiana State University, 2013
  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina, 2017
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2020 Sections

    • CRIM-3240 (Criminological Theory) Section: E01
    • CRIM-4000 (Research Methodology) Section: E02
    • CRIM-6010 (Theories of Crime & Justice) Section: 01

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • CRIM-4000 (Research Methodology) Section: E01
    • CRIM-4230 (Ethics & Criminal Justice) Section: 01
    • CRIM-6623 (Crime and Social Inequality) Section: 01

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • CRIM-2275 (Introduction to Corrections) Section: E01
    • CRIM-4000 (Research Methodology) Section: E01

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • CRIM-4230 (Ethics & Criminal Justice) Section: 01
    • CRIM-4293 (Correctional Programs) Section: E01
    • CRIM-6010 (Theories of Crime & Justice) Section: 01
    • CRIM-6982 (Adv. Correctional Programs) Section: E01

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • CRIM-3240 (Criminological Theory) Section: E01
    • CRIM-3241 (Corrections) Section: 01
    • CRIM-4000 (Research Methodology) Section: E01

    Summer 2018 Sections

    • CRIM-2275 (Introduction to Corrections) Section: E01
    • CRIM-3240 (Criminological Theory) Section: E01

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • CRIM-2275 (Introduction to Corrections) Section: 01
    • CRIM-3241 (Corrections) Section: 01
    • CRIM-4230 (Ethics & Criminal Justice) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    Vuk, M., Applegate, B., Ouellette, H. M., Bolin, R., & Aizpurúa, E. (2019). The Pragmatic Public? The Impact of Practical Concerns on Support for Punitive and Rehabilitative Prison Policies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1007/s12103-019-09

    Bell, C., Lee, G., Pazzani, L., & Vuk, M. (2019). If Looks Could Kill: Does Female Attractiveness Influence Death Penalty Sentencing Decisions? Women & Criminal Justice. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08974454.2019.1688223

    Vuk, M. & Dolezal, D. (2019). Idleness and Inmate Misconduct: A New Perspective on Time Use and Behavior in Local Jails. Deviant Behavior. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2019.1614141

    Ouellette, H. M., Applegate, B. K., & Vuk, M. (2017). The public’s stance on prisoner reentry: Policy support and personal acceptance. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42(4), 768-789.

    Vuk, M. (2017). Parenting Styles and Gang Membership: Mediating Factors. Deviant Behavior, 38(4), 407-426.