Alyssa Sheeran, PhD

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice & Criminology

Alyssa Sheeran is assistant professor of criminal justice & criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently completed her dissertation, Examining the Influence of Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics on Jail Recidivism through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Sheeran's research interests focus on correlates of recidivism, sentencing disparities in the criminal justice system, adult drug treatment courts, and veteran's treatment courts. She has partnered with several criminal justice agencies for studies and program evaluations and is currently working on a project to evaluate the Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court.

Dr. Sheeran also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses including, Methods of Social Welfare Research; Analysis of Criminal Justice Research; Perspectives of Crime and the Criminal Justice System; Crime and Criminal Justice Policy; Women and the Criminal Justice System; and Violence in the Criminal Justice System, among others.

Dr. Sheeran has published several articles in criminal justice journals and is the coauthor of Teaching Research Methods. She has also presented her work at several regional and national conferences.


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, UW-Milwaukee, 2020
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, UW-Milwaukee, 2015
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, UW-Milwaukee, 2012

Research Interests:

  • Correlates of jail recidivism
  • Sentencing disparities in the criminal justice system
  • Adult drug treatment courts and veteran's treatment courts

Curriculum Vitae