Lab Director

Kathleen (Kate) A. Fox, Ph.D.

Fox is the Director of the Lab and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research expertise focuses on crime victimization among underserved populations, with a particular emphasis on American Indian populations. Her work examines theoretical risk factors for interpersonal victimization, including family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and the murder and missing of Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).
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Lab Associate Director

Chris Sharp (Colorado River Indian Tribes)

Sharp is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Office of American Indian Projects, within the School of Social Work at the Arizona State University. He is of the Mohave tribe, descendant of the Frog Clan (Bouh'th) and a citizen of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. He earned his B.S. in American Indian Studies, Master of Social Work, and Master of Public Administration at Arizona State University. As Director of the Office of American Indian Project, Sharp coordinates and monitors research among Indigenous communities to ensure a focus that is beneficial to the tribes and one that reinforces a government-to-government approach.

Lab Manager

Kayleigh Stanek, M.S.

Kayleigh A. Stanek is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Stanek received her Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on criminal justice responses to victims and victimization, specifically sexual assault, and domestic violence. She is also interested in victimization among special populations such as college students, Indigenous peoples, and other minority groups. Among these groups, she is particularly interested in exploring victims’ needs in terms of programming and criminal justice responses. Her work also focuses on community-based participatory research and creating policy and programming recommendations.

Director of Community Engagement

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, M.S. (Hopi Tribe)

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya (Hopi Tribe) has 17 years of direct victim services to crime victims, an Executive Director/Founder with Honwungsi Consulting Services and Chief Executive Officer / Founder of Omauw Resource Center, 501(c)3. She was the Tribal Liaison/Coordinator for the Arizona Study on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and research partner with LeCroy Milligan & Associates/ ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She was previously employed with National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She works with crime victims who have suffered violent victimization by intimate and non-intimate offenders. She advocates for victims who experienced trauma by being a support, providing referral services for professional services to assist in healing and understanding their victimization through the victim centered and trauma informed perspectives. Mrs. Imus-Nahsonhoya earned Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies from Grand Canyon University. She has also earned a Legal Advocate Certification through National Tribal Trial College/Wisconsin Law School. Certified as a Domestic Violence Trainer by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST). Certified in Peer Support.

Data Analyst and Public Relations Manager

Cassie Harvey (Navajo / Zuni)

Cassie Harvey is a dual Masters student within the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She is working towards her graduate degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as her Legal studies in Indian and Entrepreneurship Law. Harvey received dual Bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Public Service and Public Policy. Her research interests include teen dating violence, at-risk or disenfranchised youth, intergenerational trauma, Native American incarceration, and reservation bordertown policing.

Lab Alumni

Hilary Edwards (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)

Hilary Edwards is a Swinomish Indian Tribal Community member and a first-year law student at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Edwards received her Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration, major in Business Management from Seattle University. After graduating from Seattle University in 2017, Edwards traveled to Australia to work on issues regarding youth suicide, to Nepal for a social justice trip focusing on human trafficking, and Fiji to address indigenous health care matters. Edwards is eager to work on legal issues relating to and impacting Indian Country. Her long-term career goal is making legal resources accessible to all groups of people, specifically to those who are underrepresented and marginalized.

Her previous work includes working for the Swinomish Indian Tribe as a legal assistant working on revising Swinomish tribal code and ensuring the Tribe had the proper procedures in place to exercise the Violence Against Women Act in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Court.

Sara Julian, MSW

Sara Julian is a Post-Master’s Law and Policy Fellow with Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development and Arizona State University’s Academy for Justice. This dual fellowship seeks to bridge the gap between interdisciplinary studies of law, policy, and social work. Sara received her Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and has four years’ experience working at the intersection of social work and criminal justice. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence and individuals experiencing homelessness. Additionally, she served as an advocate and mitigation specialist for the Federal Public Defender. Sara is passionate about reforming the criminal justice system through research and policy with an interest in how law and policy impact marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Cheston Dalangyawma (Hopi Tribe)

Cheston Dalangyawma is a member of the Hopi Tribe and belongs to the Sun Clan of the Village of Hoat-villa (Hotevilla). He served five years in the United States Marine Corps and completed two deployments to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Dalangyawma recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He will be continuing his education in the pursuit a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Fall of 2020. Prior to attending Arizona State University, Dalangyawma served his community for three years as a Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer on the Hopi Reservation.

Michelle Hovel (Navajo Nation)

Culturally, politically, and socially, Michelle Hovel maintains a strong connection to her Diné (Navajo) heritage. Originally from the Navajo reservation community of Greasewood, AZ located in the southwest portion of the Diné Nation. Michelle currently resides in central Phoenix. A self-imposed educational fast-track student at Phoenix College, she collectively earned in two years an Associate of Arts Degree, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Forensic Technology, and finally, an Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies. Continuing her education in 2019, Michelle transferred to Arizona State University (ASU) from where she will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Summer 2020. Michelle plans to begin graduate school pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice at her soon to be alma mater ASU in Fall 2020. Her eleven-year professional career as a Detention Officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office serves as the catalyst for her wish to compile meaningful research data, write professionally, and publish nationally in the critical domains of social justice in Indian Country, criminal jurisdictional reform in tribal communities, restorative justice among Indigenous families and kin, decolonization initiatives at the grassroots level in cities that border reservations, and unsolved cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. Michelle’s most recent endeavor is one that she finds most rewarding. Since Summer 2019, she has been employed as a Student Success Specialist. She provides support within the scope of culturally oriented college services as well as mentoring to at-risk American Indian high school students who participate in Phoenix College’s Hoop of Learning Program. Michelle has developed and expanded upon a student support system tailored specifically for American Indian students in two Navajo Language Studies courses and one American Indian History course during the Academic Year 2019-2020.

Brianna Minjarez

Brianna Minjarez is a second-year law student at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Minjarez received her Bachelor’s Degree of Sociology from St. Mary’s University. Her undergraduate research focused on retention in first generation Mexican American students and the quality of services provided to them that aim to ensure their college success. Her previous work includes working for three different private practice law firms including Family Law, Immigration Law, and Real Estate Law. Minjarez is eager to use her experience to work on legal issues relating to and impacting Indian Country upon graduation from law school

Gabriel Alvarez

Gabriel Alvarez is a concurrent masters student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the School of Public Affairs. He received his Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests include intimate partner violence and homicide, violent victimization, and escalation within them. Gabriel is also working as an Information and Public Affairs Intern for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry.
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