University of California, Riverside

Presley Center


Core Faculty

Steven ClarkSteven E. Clark, Professor of Psychology
Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies

Steven Clark earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Indiana University and came to UCR where for many years he conducted research on human memory that had little or no relevance to the criminal justice system. His career trajectory changed in 1993 when he was asked to testify as an expert on eyewitness identification in a murder trial in Indio, California. Since then Clark has written extensively on eyewitness memory and eyewitness identification and has consulted with law enforcement, and defense and prosecuting attorneys. He has spoken at meetings of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National District Attorneys Association. He is currently on the editorial board of Law and Human Behavior.

Recent Publications
  • Clark, S.E., Brower, G., Rosenthal, R., Hicks, J.M., & Moreland, M.B. (2013). Lineup administrator influences on eyewitness identification and and confidence. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 158-165.
  • Clark, S.E. (2012). Costs and benefits of eyewitness identification reform: Psychological science and public policy. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 238-259.
  • Clark, S.E. (2012). Eyewitness identification reform: Data, due process, and procedural justice. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 279-283.
  • Clark. S.E. (2011). Blackstone and the balance of eyewitness identification evidence. Albany Law Review, 74, 1105-1156.
  • Clark, S.E., Erickson, M.A., & Breneman, J. (2011). Probative value of absolute and relative judgments in eyewitness identification. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 364-380.

Tanya NieriTanya Nieri, Associate Professor of Sociology

Nieri's research interests include causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths; youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; and culturally grounded community-based prevention interventions. Her research, which is primarily quantitative, tends to focus on Latinos, particularly those of Mexican-heritage in the United States and in Mexico. Tanya examines the resiliencies in a person's original ethnic culture and the risks associated with the loss of that culture and acquisition of American culture. At UCR, Tanya is affiliated with the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, School of Public Policy and the Center for Healthy Communities, School of Medicine.

Recent Publications
  • Nieri, T., Grindal, M., Adams, M.A., Cookston, J., Fabricius, W., Parke, R., & Saenz, D. (2016). Reconsidering the “acculturation gap” narrative through an analysis of parent-adolescent acculturation differences and youth problem behavior in Mexican American families. Journal of Family Issues, 37(14). doi: 10.1177/0192513X14551175
  • Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). The relationship between ethnic-racial socialization and adolescent substance use: An examination of social learning as a causal mechanism. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 37 pages. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2014.993785
  • Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). An examination of ethnic identity and academic performance: Assessing the multidimensional role of parental ethnic-racial socialization among a sample of Latino adolescents. Race and Social Problems, 7(3), 242-255. doi: 10.1007/s12552-015-9154-5
  • Nieri, T., Apkarian, J., Marsiglia, F.F., & Kulis, S.S. (2015). Effects of a youth substance use prevention program on stealing, fighting, and weapon use. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(1), 41-49. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0373-0. PMC4289019.
  • Nieri, T., & Bermudez-Parsai, M. (2014). Gap or overlap? Parent-child acculturation differences in Mexican immigrant families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 36(4), 413-434. doi: 10.1177/0739986314552047

Sharon OselinSharon Oselin, Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies

Sharon S. Oselin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Much of her work focuses on crime and deviance, with a particular emphasis on sex work. In addition to a number of journal articles, she is the author of Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (2014, NYU Press). She is currently working on a project that examines the ways in which gentrification impacts those engaged in the illicit shadow economy by drawing on the case of street-based sex workers in Washington DC.

Related Publications
  • Oselin, Sharon S. 2016. “You Catch More Flies with Honey: Sex Work, Violence and Masculinity on the Streets.” Sociological Forum 31(1): 203-222.
  • Oselin, Sharon S. and Ronald Weitzer. 2013. “Organizations Working on Behalf of Prostitutes: An Analysis of Goals, Practices and Strategies.” Sexualities 16(3/4): 445-466.
  • Oselin, Sharon S. and Aaron Blasyak. 2013. “Contending with Violence: Female Prostitutes’ Strategic Responses on the Streets.” Deviant Behavior 3(4): 274-290.
  • Cobbina, Jennifer and Sharon S. Oselin. 2011. “It’s Not Only for the Money: An Analysis of Adolescent versus Adult Entry into Street Prostitution” Sociological Inquiry 81(3): 1-24.
  • Oselin, Sharon S. 2010. “Weighing the Consequences of a Deviant Career: Motivations and Opportunities for Leaving Prostitution.” Sociological Perspectives 53(4): 527-549.
  • Oselin, Sharon S. 2009. “Leaving the Streets: Transformation of Prostitute Identity Within the Prostitution Rehabilitation Program.” Deviant Behavior 30(4): 379-406.

Ben NewmanBenjamin J. Newman, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Benjamin J. Newman is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Additionally, Dr. Newman is currently a faculty affiliate at the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies. His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, class and income inequality, and urban politics and policy. In the area of race and ethnic politics, his research focuses on the political consequences of demographic change, and explores this theme within the topical areas of immigration policy and public opinion on immigration, as well as gentrification and its impact on majority-minority communities. Dr. Newman is also interested in the racial politics of policing in the U.S., and race- and class-based inequality in the criminal justice system. In the area of class and inequality, his research explores the effects of local income inequality on citizens’ support for redistributive policies. His work in this area also explores the effects of growing economic inequality on public support for labor unions and labor politics more generally. Last, Dr. Newman is interested in quantitative research methods, including survey research and experimental methods.

Related Publications
    • Newman, Benjamin J. “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Local Gender-Based Earnings Inequality and Women's Belief in the American Dream.” American Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming)
    • Johnston, Christopher D., and Benjamin J. Newman. 2016. “Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood across Time and Space.” American Politics Research 44(1): 164-191.
    • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston., and Patrick L. Lown. 2015. “False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy.” American Journal of Political Science 59(2):326-340.
    • Newman, Benjamin J. 2014. “My Poor Friend: Financial Distress in One’s Social Network, the Perceived Power of the Rich, and Support for Redistribution.” Journal of Politics 76(1): 126-138.

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