Kendra Bowen

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
Scharbauer Hall 4211 | 817-257-5846


Ph.D., Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011
MA, Criminology and Criminal Justice and M.S.S.W from University of Texas at Arlington, 2007
BSW, Midwestern State University, 2005

Courses Taught

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Critical Issues in Crime and Justice
Career Planning, Ethics, and Professional Development in Criminal Justice
Sex Crimes
Applied Research and Police I
Social Science Statistics and Probability

Areas of Focus

Prisoner reentry; sex offenders; situational violence

Bowen, K.N., Roberts, J.J., & Kocian, E.J. (2016). Testing social information processing concepts in adult offenders using vignettes. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 12(1), 1-17.

Bowen, K.N., Frenzel, E., & Spraitz, J.D. (2016). Sex offender registration and notification laws: Thoughts from registered sex offenders in three states. Safer Communities, 15(2), 94-109.

Spraitz, J., & Bowen, K. (2016). Techniques of neutralization and persistent sexual abuse by clergy: A content analysis of priest personnel files from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(15), 2515-2538.

Bowen, K.N., & Spraitz, J.D. (Eds.). (2016). Contemporary Criminal Justice: An examination of the system, its challenges, and its future. San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishing.

Bartula, A., & Bowen, K.N. (2015). University and college police officials’ perceptions of open carry on college campus. Justice Policy Journal, 12(2), 1-17.

Bowen, K.N., Roberts, J., Kocian, E., & Bartula, A. (2014). An empirical test of social information processing theory and emotions in violent situations. Western Criminology Review, 15, 18-33.

Nhan, J. & Bowen, K.N. (Nov., 2016). Job readiness and navigating Reentry Networks. American Society of Criminology. New Orleans, LA.

Nhan, J., & Bowen, K.N. (March, 2016). An anatomy of a reentry network. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Denver, CO.

Bartula, A., & Bowen, K. (March, 2016). University and college police chiefs’ perceptions of open carry on college campus. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Denver, CO.

Bowen, K., Bartula, A., & Getty, R. (March, 2015). To laugh is to be deviant. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Orlando, FL.

2014 Sage Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award

American Society of Criminology (ASC)
Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences (ACJS)
Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ)

Board Member, Alliance For Children