Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD
Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD

Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Criminal Justice

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Cultural and Social Studies

Teaching Activity

  • Criminology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Statistical Analysis


Dr. Rebecca Murray is the Associate Dean of Social and Applied Sciences for the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences.  She received her Ph.D. In Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 2005 and has been at Creighton since then as a Sociology and now Criminal Justice faculty.  She served as chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Studies from 2012-2016.   Dr. Murray has served in several roles of faculty governance, serving two terms as Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, and has been an active member of the steering committee for the College's Mission Catalysts.  She has authored/co-authored 3 books and over a dozen articles that research a number of topics, including  the spatial analysis of crime,  and the effect of urban structures on crime and violence. She has also been the Primary Investigator for two grants (one federal and one state), which have supported the creation and operation of the Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy, which is located at Creighton but which serves victim advocates across the state.  She has also been the recipeint of several local grants, one of which is supporting her current research looking at judicial discretion in domestic violence protection orders.  She has partnered with the city of Omaha in evaluating several grants, including the federal Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, and aiding numerous non-profit agencies with evaluating their effots at violence intervention and prevention. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Police Research and Policy Group, as well as the Nebraska Innocence Project.  

Publications and Presentations


  • Using Statistics in Criminal Justice , Wolters-Kluwer, 2016
  • Murray, Rebecca; Gegner, Laurel; Pelton, Justin. Policies, Procedures and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska. Making Justice: Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform., Routledge, 2012
  • Crank, John; Murray, Rebecca; Irlbeck, Dawn; Sundermeier, Mark. Mission Based Policing., CRC Press- Taylor and Francis Group, 2011
  • Murray, Rebecca Examining Measurement Issues in Alcohol Establishment Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Theory, Research Methods and Statistics, Jones and Bartlett, 73-92, 2010
  • Murray, R. K. Chapter 13: Limited Dependent Variables in Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation., Jones and Bartlett, 301-323, 2005


  • Concept Measurement in Alcohol Serving Establishments, Advances in Applied Sociology, 8(1), 1-24, 2018
  • Murray, Rebecca. Innocence Project. In: The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • Murray, Rebecca K., Swatt, Marc L. Disaggregating the Relationship Between Schools and Crime: A Spatial Analysis, Crime & Delinquency, 59, 163-190, 2013
  • Crank, John, Irlbeck, Dawn, Murray, Rebecca, Sundermeier, Mark Mission-based policing: Rethinking the relationship of police to crime, Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, 13, 103-120, 2012
  • Murray, Rebecca K. and Roneck, Dennis W. Measuring Diffusion of Assults around Bars through Radius and Adjacency Techniques., Criminal Justice Review, 33, 199-220, 2008
  • Murray, Rebecca K. Immigrant Communities and Media Perceptions of Place, Journal of Social and Ecological Boundaries, 3, 33-52, 2008
  • Herz, Denise, Murray, Rebecca Exploring Arrestee Drug Use in Rural Nebraska, Journal of Drug Issues, 33, 99-118, 2003


  • Evolution of the Researcher-Practitioner
    Partner Model and the Role of Academic Research Partners in Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Grants, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, 2015
  • Murray, Rebecca. Researchers, Police and Crime Analysts: A Conversation with the Deaf and a Tour with the Blind., ACJS Today, 37, 13-19, 2012
  • Murray, Rebecca K. (Ed.). All Stars Evaluation 2008-2009: Final Report., Otoe County Drug Resistance Program, 2009

Editing and Reviews

  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Mason, S. (Director). 2008 Writ Writer [motion picture] United States: Passage Productions and Independent Television Service]., Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 2009
  • Murray, Rebecca K. [Review of Gustavsson, Bengt. (ed.) the principles of knowledge creation: research methods in the soical sciences. E.Elgar, 2007]., Choice, 2008

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Spatial analysis of crime
    Victim advocacy
    Wrongful convictions
    Sociology of Religion

Current Research Projects

  • The impact of clergy sexual abuse on institutions and communities.

Grant Funding Received

  • FY 11 State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative
  • External: 2012 - 2016, Omaha "Reentry, Integrative Service, and Engagement (RISE) Initiative Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant
  • Internal: Faculty Summer Research Fellowship recipient: "Policies, Procedures, and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska"
  • FY 16 Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy VOCA Discretionary Grant
  • Domestic Violence and the Judicial Response to Persons Seeking Orders of Protection.

Awards and Honors

  • Service Award, Strategic Planning Committee, 2015
  • Rising Star Alumni Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2011
  • Finalist - Outstanding Book Award 2011, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2011