James Wells

James Wells, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D. Georgia State University, Research, Measurement, and Statistics
  • M.S. Georgia State University, Criminal Justice
  • M.F.A. Eastern Kentucky University, Creative Writing
  • B.A. Ohio University, Criminal Justice

Research/Academic Interests

  • Justice and safety agency related program evaluation research
  • The improvement of criminal justice training
  • Prison Rape Legislation Act
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)
  • Whistleblowing in Organizations


Dr. Wells’ work can be found in several journals including:
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Criminal Justice & Behavior
  • Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Journal of Juvenile Justice & Detention Services
  • Federal Probation
  • Journal of School Violence

Journal Publications (Creative Writing) include:

  • Collateral Journal
  • About Place Journal
  • Shift
  • Wild Roof Journal
  • Military Experience and the Arts
  • The Wrath-Bearing Tree


  • Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Education and Research (CCJER) in EKU’s College of Justice & Safety
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1995-present)
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Educators (2011-present)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (2015-present)
  • Dramatist Guild of America (2018-present)