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 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.
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 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.
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 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. 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 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, 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. 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 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.
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, 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.