People

Lab Director

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

Fox is the Director of the Lab and Associate 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).

Kathleen A. Fox's CV

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Fox3
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=N_-YcMAAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&pagesize=100

Lab Manager

Kayleigh Stanek, M.S.

Kayleigh Stanek is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her Master’s of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on criminal justice responses to victims and victimization with a particular emphasis on sexual assault and domestic violence. She conducts research on crime victimization among underserved populations, including American Indian women.

Kayleigh Stanek's CV

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kayleigh_Stanek

Graduate Research Assistants

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

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.

Sara Julian's CV


Michelle Hovel

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.

Michelle Hovel's CV


Cheston Dalangyawma

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.

Cheston Dalangyawma's CV