Human Trafficking Conference Team

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Human Trafficking Team

The conference team includes people from universities and community groups.

The Team members, in descending alphabetical order:

Dr. Dwayne Ball
Dwayne Ball

Dr. Dwayne Ball is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has published numerous articles in academic journals, such as the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Working with colleagues, through a grant from the International Organization for Migration, Dr. Ball co-authored the first article and reports of research to empirically estimate the extent of cross-border human trafficking, using multiple survey techniques in Ukraine. Some of these results were published (Pennington, Ball, Hampton, and Soulakova 2009, “The Cross-National Market in Human Beings,” Journal of Macromarketing, 29, 2, 119-134). Dr. Ball’s current interests within human trafficking are in statistical, survey, and large-sample qualitative methodologies to estimate the incidence and nature of trafficking, as well as in identifying the vulnerable points in the marketing systems used by traffickers.

Dr. Jennifer Bossard
Dr. Jennifer Bossard

Jennifer Bossard is an Associate Professor of Economics at Doane College, a liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. Her undergraduate classes include Intermediate Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, Business Statistics and Econometrics. Recently, she began researching in the area of human trafficking and is identifying ways to incorporate the study of human trafficking into pedagogy. She is currently developing a course in human trafficking that will be accessible to students of all majors. She is also writing three case studies that can be used to teach students about human trafficking within the context of economics.

Dr. Rochelle Dalla
Rochelle Dalla

Dr. Rochelle Dalla is a Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at UNL. Her research scholarship emphasizes a life-course and developmental perspective and focuses on marginalized and difficult-to-access female populations, especially women trafficked into the commercial sex industry (in the United States and non-Western, developing countries). Dr. Dalla is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Trafficking. She received several teaching and research awards including: the Distinguished Publication Award (2007) from the Association for Women in Psychology, Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence (2007) from the College of Education and Human Sciences, the Charman Outstanding Professor Award from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the Award for Young Achievers (2004) from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dr. Chris Eskridge
Chris Eskridge

Chris Eskridge currently serves as the Director of the American Society of Criminology, and as Professor of Criminology at the University of Nebraska. He has worked in a state attorney general's office, as a legislative aide in a state house of representatives, and as a criminal investigator in a county attorney's office. He has authored/edited four books, given several hundred professional papers/presentations in roughly 30 countries, and has some 70 professional publications. He has served as a Research Associate for the U.S. Air Force at the Maxwell AFB in Alabama, as a Fellow/Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and as a Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Professor of Law at Silliman University in the Philippines. Professor Eskridge currently serves as the General Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and as a member of the editorial board of six other journals. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He holds three honorary positions: Research Professor of Law at the University of Central Venezuela, Professor of Law at San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru, and Honorary Professor of Criminology, Grigol Robakidze University in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Dr. Ron Hampton
Ron Hampton

Dr. Ron Hampton is the Director of Executive Education in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has published numerous articles/book chapters in various journals/manuscripts such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Retailing. Working with colleagues, through a grant from the International Organization for Migration, Dr. Hampton co-authored the first article and reports of research to empirically estimate the extent of cross-border human trafficking, using multiple survey techniques in Ukraine. Some of these results were recently published (Pennington, Ball, Hampton, and Soulakova 2009, “The Cross-National Market in Human Beings,” Journal of Macromarketing, 29, 2, 119-134). Dr. Hampton has been working in the area of Human Trafficking over the past 8 years with IOM in Kiev on various funded projects.

Dr. Ari Kohen
Dr. Ari Kohen

Dr. Kohen is the Schlesinger Associate Professor of Social Justice and Political Science and the Director, Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at UNL. He teaches political philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses principally on classical and on contemporary political thought. His first book examined the philosophical grounding of the idea of human rights; his second book looks at the ways in which we think about heroic behavior and the most choice-worthy lives

Crysta N. Price

Crysta N. Price is the Director of the Data Science Laboratory at Creighton University. She received her degree in economics and political science from Creighton University in 2010. Crysta is currently Co-Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative, which is supported by a major grant from the Sherwood Foundation and has as its aim identifying patterns associated with human trafficking.

Dr. Priya Rajagopalan
Dr. Priya Rajagopalan

Dr. Priya Rajagopalan, was at Purdue University for nearly 20 years teaching quantitative methods, international marketing/marketing research, and economics at Krannert School of Management. In 2014 she moved to Lincoln, to be a part of the Lincoln Industry Relations team as Business Solutions Director at UNL. Her expertise was to bring economics, management, analytical and marketing research methods to the team in order to support recruitment, curriculum development, mentorship, helping new businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Recently, she began researching in the area of human trafficking and its impact on public health. Today she is pursuing a certificate in public health from UNMC along with her consultancy work.

Shireen S. Rajaram, Ph.D.
Shireen S. Rajaram, Ph.D.

Shireen S. Rajaram, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Her research interests include health disparities pertaining to domestic violence and sex trafficking, breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, childhood lead poisoning and healthy aging. In 2014 she was awarded the Dr. Carruth J. Wagner faculty award in public health and in 2016, she received the College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. She was the former Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UNMC. Dr. Rajaram was Professor of Sociology and former chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UNO.

Al Riskowski
Al Riskowski

Al Riskowski is the executive director of Nebraska Family Alliance. Al serves on the Nebraska Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking where he serves as co-chair of the research subcommittee. He also serves on a committee at the Nebraska State Legislature in regard to Human Trafficking and is involved in crafting legislation for the State of Nebraska to address the issue of human trafficking. He has written numerous articles for newspapers on human trafficking and hosts a daily radio program. Al has spoken about the issue of human trafficking at numerous conferences and before many groups.

Dr. Anna Shavers
Dr. Anna Shavers

Professor Anna Williams Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law in the University of Nebraska’s College of Law. She served as Interim Dean of the Law College 2009-2010 and has also served as Associate Dean of the Law College. Professor Shavers received her B.S. degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, her M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and d her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. She teaches Administrative Law, Immigration Law, International Gender Issues and Refugee and Asylum Law. She is also an affiliate faculty member of Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies Programs at UNL. She currently serves on the Advisory Board to the ABA Commission on Immigration and has previously served as Chair of the AALS Section on Immigration Law, a Council Member and Immigration Committee Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section, and member of the ABA Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law. Her research interests include the intersection of gender issues and immigration.

Sriyani Tidball
Sriyani Tidball

Sriyani Tidball, is on the faculty of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNL. Thirty years ago, she and her husband founded the NGO, Community Concern in Sri Lanka that empowers marginalized adults and children. Her work included running an orphanage, working with over 2000 children, and running a school for beach dropouts. During the past 17 years she has actively worked in the area of human trafficking, and nine years ago opened a shelter for victims of abuse and trafficking. She has been recognized as a leader in the field of human trafficking and represented Sri Lanka at two leading international conferences on trafficking (UN GIFT conference in India, 2007, and UN GIFT conference in Vienna, 2008). She received the Martin Luther King Award for Nebraska 2010 and the Church Women United Inc. UN Office, Human Rights Award 2011 for leadership service as a mentor and social activist in human rights. She is also the faculty adviser for NUSAMS (Nebraska University Students Against Modern-day Slavery), an active student group on the UNL campus.