Mercyhurst University

EmmaLeigh Kirchner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Preston 115

(814) 824-2328

Dr. Kirchner is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. She has conducted numerous research projects on parenting and its effect on delinquency, which can be found in several journals including: The American Journal of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Kirchner’s research interests also focus on theory tests, corrections, race, gender, and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Kirchner previously served as the Managing Editor of Criminal Justice Policy Review and The American Journal of Criminal Justice. She has also been actively involved with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, which advocates for a humane and just correctional system throughout PA and the United States. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and has previously taught courses on violence, victimology, statistics, corrections, juveniles, and research methods. She currently serves on the executive board for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and is the faculty advisor of the Criminal Justice Association.