Omar Melchor-Ayala, MS


Visiting Assistant Professor


Office Hours Spring 2019: 

Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00-12:00

      Thursday 10:00-12:00 Online

Location:  Maaske Hall 217


Omar Melchor-Ayala is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University, and a PhD ABD candidate at Portland State University (to be completed summer 2019). He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University (2006-2009), and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (2009-2011). Omar has been teaching at WOU for 6 years, and also taught at PSU for 3 years.

Courses previously and regularly taught:

  • CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 219 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 451 Youth, Crime, and Society
  • CJ 461 Youth, Immigration, and Crime
  • CJ 409 Practicum
  • SOC 370 The Sociology of Deviance


Omar is also currently the Practicum Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Department at WOU, and an academic advisor. His area of interest in research mainly revolves around the area of immigrant issues and the criminal justice system in the United States, and the overall immigration-crime nexus. Moreover, Omar worked at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility as an educator and mentor within the Hispanic community for two years.

BS Western Oregon University: Criminal Justice

MS University of Nevada in Las Vegas: Criminal Justice

PhD Portland State University (ABD until summer 2019)


National Conference Presentations:

Western Society of Criminology, February 2019. Honolulu, Hawaii
“The Effect of Age at Migration on Offending Among Immigrant Youth”

Western Society of Criminology, February 2018. Long Beach, California
“Effects of Existing Generational Classification of Immigrants and Immigrant Children in Research”

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, February 6, 2010; San Diego, CA
“Following the Lead of Barack Obama, CNN, and Ashton Kutcher: Police Department’s Use of Twitter”

Graduate Research Symposium UNLV 2010 Poster Presentation
“Following the Lead of Barack Obama, CNN, and Ashton Kutcher: Police Department’s Use of Twitter”

American Society of Criminology, November 5, 2009; Philadelphia, PA
“Homelessness to Jail and Back Again”