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Alumna Continues to Make the Grade

Ming-Li Hsieh, a University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) alumna, was recently awarded the Michael C. Braswell/Routledge Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Rational Discretionary Risk: The Judicial Risk x Sentence Model (JRS) for Sex Offenders.”

The award is presented by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the two national criminal justice organizations. Hsieh was a 2006 master’s graduate of UHD and was named Outstanding Master of Science in Criminal Justice Graduate Student in 2006 by the University’s criminal justice faculty.

Hsieh returned to Taiwan after graduating from UHD and worked as a research fellow at the Research Center of Security Affairs at Kainan University in Taiwan. Feeling the need to pursue a Ph.D. in the United States, Hsieh applied for and was admitted to Washington State University’s (WSU) Criminal Justice Ph.D. program.

While at WSU, Hsieh received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the Social Science College, and took top honors in the ACJS International Paper competition while completing her Ph.D. in 2016.

Currently, Hsieh is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  In addition to winning the coveted award from ACJS, Hsieh has published a number of journal articles and is co-authoring the textbook “Women in Criminal Justice.”