• JD University of Iowa
  • MA University of Iowa
  • BA University of Iowa


Deb obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and her Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1996, where she researched jail overcrowding and privatization of prison labor.

She was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1997 and continues to be a licensed attorney in the state of Iowa. Deb joined the faculty at Mount Mercy in January 1999. She has served multiple times as both the chair of the criminal justice department and the social science division. She has served on several search committees, Faculty Welfare, Faculty Development, Academic Integrity, and the Administrative Leadership Team.

Even though she has taught a variety of courses in criminal justice, her primary area of concentration is criminal law and constitutional law. Deb regularly teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Evidence. She has also taught The Supreme Court & Constitutional Law for the political science department and Dispute Resolution for business administration. During several winter terms, Deb has taught courses on terrorism.

Deb has served as a faculty advisor to the CJ Club. She coached the Mount Mercy Mock Trial team for six years, including an appearance at three national tournaments. In addition, she serves as a pre-law advisor, assisting students preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Deb has been a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Deb grew up in Eastern Iowa. She has also lived and studied in Germany, the United Kingdom, the former U.S.S.R., and Washington, D.C.