Associate Professor of Criminology
PhD, Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MS, Criminal Justice, Marshall University
BA, Psychology, West Virginia University
Office: Whittaker Hall, Room 003
Office Hours: M 11 am-12:30 pm; W 1:30-2:30 pm;
Th 11:30 am-Noon
CRI 1110: Introduction to Criminology
CRI 2250: Victims of Crime
CRI 3550: Women and Crime
CRI 4300: Criminological Theory
Dr. Lee-Gonyea is originally from West Virginia and has attended
or worked in colleges/universities in Pennsylvania and Texas. Prior
to starting in her doctorate program in Criminology she worked for
the West Virginia Supreme Court in the Administrative Office and
the Office of Counsel. Her dissertation focused on law students'
views of hate crimes and hate crime victims seeking to understand
what might influence the views of these future lawyers.
Originally interested in psychology, Dr. Lee-Gonyea developed an
interest in crime and the criminal justice system prior to earning
her BA degree from WVU. To learn more about the criminal justice
system, she sought and completed a MS degree in criminal justice
with an interest in working in some part of the court system. After
approximately 2 years working in the court system, she became
interested in learning more about crime, society, offenders,
victims, and the criminal justice system and applied (and was
accepted into) a PhD program in Criminology.
Criminology was selected over Criminal Justice as her major
field of study for her doctorate program because of a broader
interest in a variety of aspects of crime. Because of her training
in criminal justice and criminology, Dr. Lee-Gonyea is able to
incorporate a more complete discussion of issues related to crime
into her courses.
Dr. Lee-Gonyea started at Mount Saint Mary College in the fall
of 2008, moving to New York from a position at a university in
Texas. She teaches a variety of courses in the Criminology
concentration ranging from lower-level introductory courses
(Introduction to Criminology, Victims of Crime) to upper-level
required and elective courses (Comparative Criminology, Conflict
and Resolution, Women and Crime).
Recent publications have focused in the area of sex work and, in
2015, a chapter will appear in an edited book related to the
international history of sex work. This chapter focuses on the
evolution of the law enforcement response to those involved in sex
work. Dr. Lee-Gonyea's recent research has focused on Restorative
Justice and the Criminology/Criminal Justice Curriculum, as well as
focusing on the faculty who teach Restorative Justice Courses.
Victims of Crime
Criminology & Higher Education
Diversity Issues in Higher Education
Lee-Gonyea, J. (2016). From Toleration to Stings: The Evolution
of the American Law Enforcement Response to Prostitution in
Prostitution: A Companion of Mankind. Frankfurt/New York: Peter
Lee-Gonyea, J. (2012). Crime and Society textbook (contributor).
Gonyea, N.E., Lee-Gonyea, J.A., & Shea, R. (2012).
“Welcoming Non-Hispanic Students and Faculty to Hispanic Servicing
Institutions: Predictors of Hispanic Students Attitudes toward
Diversity at Majority Hispanic HSIs.” Journal of Research in
Education, 22(1), 70-85.
Lee-Gonyea, J. (2011). “Now it’s our turn: A thematic analysis
of female customers’ rating, reviews, and testimonials of their
male escorts.” International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice,
and Law, 6(1/2), 109-123.
San Miguel, C., Miller, M., Kwak, D., Lee-Gonyea, J.A., &
Gonyea, N. E. (2011). “Xenophobia among Hispanic College Students
and Implications for the Criminal Justice System.”
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 27(1), 95-109. DOI:
American Society of Criminology
American Association of University Professors