“…she was a child, throwing bread to the ducks, between her parents at the same time a grown woman coming to her parents who stood by the lake, holding her life in her arms which, as she neared them, grew larger and larger in her arms until it became a whole life, a complete life, which she put down by them and said, ‘This is what I have made of it! This!’ And what had she made of it? What, indeed.”   ~ Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

So who is Rashi Shukla and what is her life about? These are questions she’s still trying to answer. Up to this point, she has dedicated her life and almost all of her time to the academic study of criminal justice and crime. It is an area of life worth studying because of its focus on people and their lives. It is a discipline that forces us to challenge our beliefs and wrestle with the complexities of the human struggle. She loves her “job” and cannot imagine doing anything else. Having reached the traditional academic milestones set out before her decades ago, she is now interested in a new challenge. Only time will tell what she does and where she goes with all of the ideas percolating in her heart and mind.


Research Bio

Rashi Shukla’s research interests include examining drug use and decision-making, drug policy, and white collar crime. Since 2005, she served as Principal Investigator of a multi-method study of the methamphetamine problem. She has presented her research at state, national, and international conferences. Her research has been published in Substance Use and Misuse, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, the Security Journal, the International Journal of Drug Policy, and Children and Youth Services Review.  Dr. Shukla was awarded the University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts New Faculty Member of the Year in 2006-2007 and Faculty Member of the Year 2013-2014.

For her dissertation, Rashi conducted an exploratory qualitative study of 50 former and current marijuana users. The study was aimed at understanding the decision-making associated with initiation, continuation and desistance from marijuana use. After completing her Ph.D. , she joined the University of Central Oklahoma as a Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in 2004. Since then, she has been leading an exploratory multi-method research study on the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma. This study has expanded over the years to include the following: a geographical analysis of clandestine laboratory seizures from 2001-2005; a survey of state law enforcement agencies to assess the impact of precursor controls on pseudoephedrine on the local methamphetamine problem in the state; analyses of forensic medical data on children removed from methamphetamine homes; specialized interviews with individuals knowledgeable about the methamphetamine problem; exploratory qualitative interviews with 33 individuals formerly immersed in the methamphetamine lifestyle; an analysis of trends in the production and trafficking of methamphetamine in the U.S.; and an examination of changes in the local problem, and global trends in production and trafficking.


Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice, Newark, New Jersey, 2003

Dissertation: A Rational Choice Analysis of Decision-Making & Desistance from Marijuana Use

Co-Chairs: Dr. Ronald V. Clarke & Dr. Mercer Sullivan

Core Examination Chair: Dr. George Kelling

M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice, Newark, New Jersey, 1996

B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma 1994