Phone: (417) 873-7472
Office: Pearsons Hall 204
Dr. Marsteller holds a degree in sociology with a specialization in criminology, and over the last 15 years has literally taught every undergraduate criminology course in his department. Recently, Dr. Marsteller has taught criminological theory courses and classes examining white collar crime. In addition to those courses, he teaches introduction to criminology, justice and punishment, senior seminar, and victimology. Sparking intellectual discourse about the causes of crime and related policies has been Dr. Marsteller's primary goal throughout his teaching career, and this theme guides instruction across all of his classes.
Due to his expertise in causal theories of crime and related sub-fields of study, Dr. Marsteller is a popular mentor on university honors projects. He is also involved with students through his role as the faculty sponsor of Drury's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for seniors. In past years, Dr. Marsteller served as a faculty sponsor for Alpha Phi Sigma, which is the national honor society for criminal justice students.
In terms of Dr. Marsteller's research agenda, there have been limits due to his heavy teaching load. Nonetheless, he has remained engaged through scholarly work on a variety of criminological issues. Dr. Marsteller has conducted studies of community responses to gangs, fear of crime, and social constructions of crime. Much of this research has been presented at professional conferences, such as the annual meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, and Midwest Criminal Justice Association. Other research, particularly works that were presented at professional conferences early in his career, examined crime, criminality, and Vietnam veteran status. Presently, Dr. Marsteller spends much time helping students generate theoretically-sound research ideas. Some of his favorite research projects focus on corporate crime, justice and punishment, and empirical evaluations of crime theories.
In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Marsteller has volunteered to participate in a number of community activities, including the Missouri Battered Women's Clemency Coalition. He has also served as a community advisor for several justice-related county and state agencies. For the past two years, Dr. Marsteller has been working with Southwest Missourians Against the Death Penalty. Although this group is involved in exploring a range of correctional issues, members primarily focus on instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in the state if Missouri.
During the summers, Dr. Marsteller retreats to an island in northern Minnesota and hones his sailing and fishing skills.
B.S., Kearney State College, 1977
M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1981
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1991
Drury University faculty member since 1991
Associate Professor since 1997