Breanna Boppre

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Wichita State University

About Breanna

Boppre’s research investigates the U.S. correctional system and criminological theory with a focus on issues related to gender and race. She uses various methodological techniques, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Her work appears in numerous peer reviewed outlets including the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative CriminologyCorrections: Policy, Practice, and Research, and Victims & Offenders

Boppre has been involved with several externally and internally funded research projects. Dr. Boppre conducts research with multiple agencies in the community. She helps agencies implement and evaluate evidence-based practices with an emphasis on gender-responsive strategies.

Boppre currently teaches Corrections, Introduction to Research Methods, and Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice. She uses engaging teaching techniques (e.g., experiential and service learning) to help students build personal and applied connections to the course material. Dr. Boppre is a Tilford diversity fellow and service-learning faculty scholar for Wichita State.

In the News

Breanna Boppre's research on Sara Ornelas, "Criminal Justice Professor Fights for Prisoners' Families," WSU News, June 22, 2020.


""The Traps Started During My Childhood”: The Role of Substance Abuse in Women’s Responses to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)" (with Cassandra Boyer). Journal Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2019).

Interviewees’ most prevalent response to ACEs was substance abuse. Three major themes related to their pathways to substance abuse emerged: coping/self-medication, escaping insecure households, and familial influences.