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 Roy F. Janisch, Ph.D.

Roy F. Janisch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Justice Studies / Justice Studies Program Coordinator / BIS Fraud Examination Coordinator
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
Office: 306G Russ Hall
Phone: 620-235-4346

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About Dr. Roy Janisch

Coordinator, Justice Studies Program

Roy was born and raised on the Lake Traverse Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, in South Dakota. He joined the military while still in high school becoming a Military Police officer and Investigator. Following his enlistment, Roy attended the University of South Dakota earning a B.S. with a double-major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, then a Master of Public Administration. He has worked as a law enforcement specialist and management analyst in Washington, DC, and as a federal criminal investigator specializing in major crimes, drug enforcement and interdiction operations. He again returned to university where he earned a PhD in Law and Social Sciences from Arizona State University. Roy currently serves as the coordinator for the Justice Studies program at Pittsburg State University, Kansas and was awarded the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, Vancouver Island University in 2016-2017.


Ph.D., Justice Studies, Arizona State University, Arizona, U.S.A., 2004

M.P.A., Public Administration, University of South Dakota, South Dakota, U.S.A., 1992

B.S., Criminal Justice/Psychology, University of South Dakota, South Dakota, U.S.A., 1991


Professional Experience
Military, Tribal, State and Federal Police Officer, Criminal Investigator, Management Analyst, and Consultant: Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University College of Law in Illinois.

Courses Taught

JUST 104 Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 223 Basic Interviewing and Counseling Skills
JUST 328 Police and Society
JUST 528 White Collar Crime
JUST 591 Native American Sovereignty and Law
JUST 702 Community Policing
JUST 671 Justice Studies Internship           
JUST 695 Senior Seminar in Justice Studies

Visit the Justice Studies Program at Pittsburg State University >>

Advising and Activities

  • Faculty Advisory for Justice Studies Student Association (JSSA)
  • Faculty Advisory for Native American Student Association (NASA)
  • Co-Advisor for Association of Certified Fraud Examination (ACFE) Minor
  • Coordinator for Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS): Fraud Examination
  • Co-coordinator for the Minor in Fraud Investigation (In Progress)
  • Board of Directors Family Life Center
  • Board of Directors Horses of Hope
  • Military, Federal, State, and Tribal Police Officer and Criminal Investigator

Areas of Interest

Professional Interests
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Policing and Management, Interviewing, Interrogation, Symbolic Interaction, Native American Sovereignty and Law, Indian Gaming, White Collar Crime, Curriculum Development, Fraud Examination, Corrections, At-Risk Youth, Program Assessment and Gangs.

Publications and Presentations


  • Native American Criminal Justice: Toward Evidence- Based Policies and Practices. Blomberg, Thomas, Mestre Brancale, Julie, Beaver, Kevin and Bales, William, (Editors). 2016. Advancing Criminology and Crimical Justice Policy. Routledge.
  • Native American Incarceration: A neglected Population? Deflem, Mathieu, Editor. 2004. Punishment and Incarceration: A Global Perspective, Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 19.). Emerald Publishing.
  • John M. Johnson, Francisco Alatorre, David Berg, Roy Janisch, Elizabeth McLin, Andrey Melnikov, Jennifer Murray, Scott Renshaw, Timothy Rowlands, Kyrsten Sinema (2012), Imagining Imagination, in Norman K. Denzin (ed.) Studies in Symbolic Interaction (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Volume 39), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.227-250
  • O’Bryan, D., Janisch, R., and Kelley, M. The Development of an Interdisciplinary Minor in Fraud Examination. The Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business. Volume 1, Number 2 November 2009. Georgia Southern University.
  • Roy F. Janisch. Sovereignty, Indian Gaming, and Economic Development on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (Oyate) American Behavioral Scientist. Volume 50, Number 3: pp. 353-372 November 2006. Sage Publication.
  • Altheide, David L. with Barbara Gray, Roy Janisch, Lindsey Korbin, Ray Maratea, Debra Neill, Joseph Reaves, Felicia Van Deman. News Constructions of Fear and Victim: An Exploration Through Triangulated Document Analysis. Journal of Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 7, Number 3: pp. 304-322 June 2001. Sage Publications.
  • Wounded Knee: 1890 and 1973: Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Editor, Schaefer, Richard T., 2006. Sage Publications.
  • Sioux: Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Editor, Schaefer, Richard T., 2006. Sage Publications.

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