Stephanie J. Halter

Professor of Criminal Justice

BA, Plymouth State College; MA, PhD, University of New Hampshire

Office: Mary Lyon Hall, room 034H
Phone: 603-535-3244

Spring office hours:  Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm  or by appointment

About Stephanie Halter

Stephanie Halter is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University and regularly teaches Research Methods, Statistics and a First Year Seminar on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Her scholarly pursuits examine the intersection of  juvenile crime and victimization, sex crimes, violence within families, evaluation research and public policy. Dr. Halter’s research on minor domestic sex trafficking victims examined whether police in the U.S. viewed youth involved in the commercial sex industry in the United States as victims or offenders. Since 2016 she has served as the evaluator for the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Task Force.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

  • Halter, S. (2010).  Factors that Influence Police Conceptualizations of Girls Involved in Prostitution in Six U.S. Cities: Child Sexual Exploitation Victims or Delinquents? Child Maltreatment, May.
  • Halter, S. (2010).  Gaining access to law enforcement agencies and records: Trials and tribulations from the field. In G. Szarycz (Ed.), Research Realities in the Social Sciences: Negotiating Fieldwork Dilemmas, Cambria Press.
  • Jones, L. M., Finkelhor, D. & Halter, S.  (2006). Child maltreatment trends in the 1990’s: Why does neglect differ from sexual and physical abuse? Child Maltreatment, 11,107-120.
  • Meyer, S. Halter, S., & Townson, L. (2007).  Assessing after-school program efficacy in engaging youth in New Hampshire: Using logic models to develop evaluation research design and measures.  The New Hampshire Journal of Education, X, 44-49.

Awards or recognition

  • Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), June 2009

Courses Taught

CJ 3260     Data Analysis for Criminal Justice
CJ 3515     Women and Crime
CJ 3401     Research Methods for Criminal Justice
CJ 4805     Criminal Justice Seminar
CJ 4900     Practicum in Criminal Justice


  • Chair, Criminal Justice Department, Plymouth State University (January 2015 – 2017)
  • Assistant Advisor, Eta Zeta Chapter, Alpha Phi Sigma