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Michael Vaughn


  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University (1993)
  • Ed.S. Human Services, Public Services, and Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University (1990)
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University (1988)
  • B.S. Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University (1984)


Office: CJ Hotel Building 217
Phone: (936) 294-1349

Areas of Expertise:
Constitutional Law, Correctional Law/Prison Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Liabilities of Criminal Justice Personnel, Prison Health Care, State Tort Law


Dr. Mike Vaughn joined the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in May 2006 and serves as Co-Director of the Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice. Vaughn's research interests are primarily related to legal issues in criminal justice, specializing in the area of legal liabilities of criminal justice personnel. Dr. Vaughn has served as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education (1993-1996), Editor of Police Forum (1997-2001), Editor of the Criminal Justice Review (2001-2005), and Editor of the International Criminal Justice Review (2001-2005). He is extensively published in criminal justice books, journals and law reviews. In 2002, he was named Outstanding Alumnus from Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

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