Brenda Rowe, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Central Academic Building 349B
Office (210) 784-2226
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Brenda Rowe, Ph.D.






Degrees Conferred:

  • 2012 Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
  • 1998 J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • 1994 B.A., Political Science and Economics, university of North Texas

Research Interests:

  • Criminal justice legislation
  • Capital punishment jurisprudence
  • Criminal procedure
  • Legal issues in criminal justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Police-prosecutor relationships

Courses Taught:

  • Crime and Justice Policy
  • Courts and Criminal Procedure
  • Law and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Directed Research


Dr. Brenda Rowe earned a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She is a former Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Tarrant County, Texas.  In recognition of her outstanding academic contributions, Dr. Rowe received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 2019 Dorothy Bracey/Janice Joseph Minority and Women New Scholar Award. She has been recognized by the university for her excellence in teaching and service.  Dr. Rowe received the Texas A&M University-San Antonio 2019 Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching and was selected as Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Nominee for the Piper Professor Award in 2019.  She also received the Texas A&M University-San Antonio 2017 Faculty Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Rowe has published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Prison Journal, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  For details regarding Dr. Rowe’s research (including full-text PDFs of articles), visit her personal website  

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