Dr. Stephen E. Ruegger

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership
Program Coordinator, M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership
Department of Leadership Studies


  • B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1992
  • M.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 2003

Before teaching, Dr. Stephen Ruegger worked for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office as a consumer fraud investigator and for the Forrest County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office.

Courses taught

Dr. Ruegger teaches a wide range of classes, specializing in policing, investigations, and criminal procedure.

Research and professional interests

  • Prison overcrowding and training of law enforcement officers
  • Policing, investigations, and criminal procedure

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