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Carla Miller Coates, Ph. D.

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    Carla Miller Coates, Ph. D.

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Carla Miller Coates is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University. Dr. Coates earned her doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), specializing in the area of crime and deviance and Africana studies. Dr. Coates also earned a graduate certificate in Race and Social Policy. Her dissertation, Predictors of Drug Treatment Completion Among Black Women: A Black Feminist Intersectionality Approach, was unanimously nominated for the Best Dissertation Award and she has received multiple fellowships from The Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network (ESIN), and the University of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Coates has also served on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Justice and is a member of multiple criminology and criminal justice professional organizations and has taken additional graduate coursework in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation.


    • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology-Criminal Justice, Norfolk State University
    • Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, Norfolk State University
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology-Crime and Deviance and Africana Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
    • Master of Science, Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation, University of Maryland University College (In-Progress)

    Courses Taught

    • Cyber Crime
    • Data Analytics
    • Social Media and Crime
    • Theories of Criminal Behavior,
    • Homicide
    • Race and Crime
    • Introduction to Law and the Legal System
    • Survey of the Criminal Justice System
    • Substantive Criminal Law
    • Law of Criminal Procedure
    • Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • Police Organization and Administration
    • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
    • Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice
    • Applied Project in Criminal Justice Administration