W.E.B. Du Bois Program: Biographies of Scholars and Fellows

Following are short biographies of the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship winners, when available.


Portrait of Dr. Amy E. Lerman

Dr. Amy E. Lerman, 2017 Scholar

Dr. Amy E. Lerman is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is focused on issues of race, public opinion and political behavior, especially in relation to crime policy and social inequality. Professor Lerman is the author of several books on the American criminal justice system and U.S. politics, and her research appears in a wide variety of scholarly journals. Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University. In addition, Dr. Lerman has served as a speechwriter and communications consultant for national nonprofits and members of the United States Congress, and was a community organizer in Latin America and Southeast Asia. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison. Dr. Lerman was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar award to study the public safety impact of court-ordered reforms adopted to reduce state prison populations.

Description of Dr. Lerman's research funded under this award.


Portrait of Dr. Mona Lynch Dr. Mona Lynch, 2017 Scholar

Dr. Mona Lynch is Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in Criminology, Law and Society and, by courtesy, the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Trained as a social psychologist, her research focuses on plea bargaining, criminal sentencing, and punishment processes, including on how institutionalized forms of bias operate within criminal justice settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. Her scholarship has been published in a wide range of criminology and law and society journals, law reviews, and edited volumes, and she is author of two books: Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment (2009), published with Stanford University Press and Hard Bargains: The Power to Punish in Federal Court (2016), with Russell Sage Foundation, which won the 2017 Michael J. Hindelang Award for best book in criminology from the American Society of Criminology. She also serves as editor-in-chief (with Kelly Hannah-Moffat) of the journal Punishment & Society. She was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime award to conduct experimental research that examines whether tailored jury instructions can mitigate bias in jury decision-making.

Description of Dr. Lynch's research funded under this award.


Portrait of Dr. Brian C. Renauer Dr. Brian C. Renauer, 2017 Scholar

Dr. Brian C. Renauer is a Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department and a Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State University. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany. His recent research interests have centered on issues of racial/ethnic disparity and criminal justice within a variety of areas (e.g. public perceptions of trust/legitimacy, implicit bias, police stop and search decision-making, risk assessment, juvenile referrals to court, and public transit fare enforcement) and using multiple methodologies (e.g. survey research, longitudinal data analysis, randomized experiments, and training). Dr. Renauer has helped staff a Governor-appointed committee in Oregon focused on the issue of profiling and bias in law enforcement since 2007. His research has appeared in outlets such as the Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Renauer and his research teach were awarded The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research FY 2017 for an examination of the pre-trial risk assessment approaches and sentencing outcomes in two Oregon counties.

Description of Dr. Renauer's research funded under this award.


Portrait of Dr. Kimberly P. Bernard Dr. Kimberly P. Bernard, 2017 Scholar

Dr. Kimberly P. Bernard is the Director of Research at the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. She is currently a scholar with the National Institute of Justice WEB Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime. She is also the Principal Investigator for a Smart Supervision Grant and Second Chance Grant—both evaluations are funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Bernard became the Research Chair for the American Probation and Parole Association. She has over 20 years of experience managing process and outcome studies in applied settings, including criminal justice, addictions, mental health, child support, and child welfare. Her primary research interests focus on the transition of justice-involved individuals from juvenile into adult systems, as well as transitions between the criminal justice system and behavioral healthcare systems. She also works on projects promoting justice reinvestment at the state and local levels. Special areas in which she has developed expertise include facilitating field practitioner and researcher partnerships and developing data visualizations to engage research audiences. Dr. Bernard holds a Ph.D. from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy & Management.

Description of Dr. Bernard's research funded under this award.


Portrait of Dr. William C.  Horrace Dr. William Horrace, 2016 Scholar

Dr. William C. Horrace is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His research interests include econometrics, production and efficiency analysis, peer-effects and strategic interactions, and crime and policing. Professor Horrace has published articles in leading economics and econometrics journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics and Journal of Econometrics. He has received over $4 million in sponsored project grants at Syracuse University. He was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarship to study how police experience and exposure to citizens of color affect their proclivity for racial bias.

Description of Dr. Horrace's research funded under this award.


Portrait of Dr. Rodney D. Green

Dr. Rodney D. Green, 2016 Scholar


Dr. Rodney D. Green has served as a professor of urban economics at Howard University since 1977 and, since 1995, as founder and executive director of the Howard University Center for Urban Progress, a unit designed to strengthen the University’s urban research, program evaluation, community service, and community development agenda at local, federal, and international levels. He also has served as chair of the Howard University Department of Economics, and co-Principal Investigator of the Ford Foundation-supported Howard University Center on Race and Wealth. He has authored three scholarly books (including a study of racial and economic segregation in public housing) and over 50 journal articles including a recent seminal article on police accountability and civilian oversight in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has served as principal investigator in over 70 externally funded projects with a value of over $35 million that emphasize community and economic development, racial inequalities, public safety and police accountability, and youth development. Dr. Green has been the lead evaluator of HOPE VI CSSP programs for the District of Columbia, as well as for HOPE VI CSSP programs in Virginia and Florida, and currently leads the research partnership for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant held by CASA in Langley Park, MD. He has actively participated in labor, social justice, and anti-racist movements since 1968, including the modern day campaign for police reform and against mass incarceration/criminalization. Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree in politics and economics at Yale University (1970), and after a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, completed his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in economics at the American University.

Description of Dr. Green's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Maria João Lobo Antunes Dr. Maria João Lobo Antunes, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Maria João Lobo Antunes is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Towson University. She earned her BSc from the University of Bristol, an MS from Northeastern and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on intersections of neighborhood and youth negative outcomes, primarily violence, exposure to violence, and antisocial behavior. Dr. Antunes and Dr. Eileen Ahlin are 2016 recipients of the National Institute of Justice’s W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship and are currently using the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods to study the effects of inner-city mobility on immigrant and minority youth outcomes. Recently, Dr. Antunes was awarded the Towson University Diversity Faculty Fellowship and is introducing a new course on Immigrants and Criminal Justice. Her most recent scholarship can be seen in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Race and Justice: An International Journal, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Description of Dr. João Lobo Antunes' and Dr. Ahlin's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Eileen M. Ahlin Dr. Eileen M. Ahlin, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Eileen M. Ahlin is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. She received her M.A. in Sociology (with a focus in Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections) from George Mason University and her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010. Her research focuses primarily on how formal and informal social controls across the ecological framework buffer against violent offending and exposure to violence in the community and correctional settings. Currently, Dr. Ahlin is using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) to examine the relationship between violence and communities, and how family management, peers, and youth characteristics serve as risk or protective factors. In addition, she is studying risk factors associated with violence among youth in custody in detention centers, jails, and prisons. Her research appears in the journals such as Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, and American Journal of Public Health. She is a co-recipient of the 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice, for research examining the role of immigrant generation status and race/ethnicity on the effects of inner-city mobility on youth violence and exposure to violence.

Description of Dr. Ahlin's and Dr. João Lobo Antunes' research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Brandi Blessett Dr. Brandi Blessett, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Brandi Blessett is an assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. She focuses on social justice by examining the role public institutions and administrative actions play in facilitating disadvantage for underserved populations. Her passion lies in working with organizations that provide services to underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: returning citizens (e.g. formerly incarcerated persons), LGBTQI people of color, and low-income urban communities of color.

Description of Dr. Blessett's and Dr. Gaynor's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Tia Sherèe Gaynor Dr. Tia Sherèe Gaynor, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Tia Sherèe Gaynor is an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration at Marist College. Her research focuses on issues related to social (in)justice, cultural competency, and equity within a U.S. and global context, particularly as it relates to people of color and those who identify as LGBTQIA. Her most recent work explores the marginalizing interactions between local law enforcement agencies those at the intersection of race and sexual identity.

Description of Dr. Gaynor's and Dr. Blessett's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Melinda Tasca Dr. Melinda Tasca, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Melinda Tasca is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. She earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on correctional policy, the collateral consequences of incarceration, as well as disparities in the criminal justice system. Her work has been published in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Punishment and Society. Dr. Tasca and Dr. Jillian Turanovic were awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in restrictive housing placements of incarcerated individuals.

Description of Dr. Tasca's and Dr. Turanovic's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Jillian Turanovic Dr. Jillian Turanovic, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Jillian Turanovic is an assistant professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. She earned her B.A. (2009) in psychology at Grant MacEwan University, and her M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on victimization, criminological theory, correctional policy, and the collateral consequences of incarceration. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Journal of Pediatrics. Dr. Turanovic and Dr. Melinda Tasca were awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in restrictive housing placements of incarcerated individuals.

Description of Dr. Turanovic's and Dr. Tasca's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Shamena Anwar, 2016 Fellow

Dr. Shamena Anwar is a researcher at the RAND Corporation. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Much of her work has examined racial disparities at various stages of the criminal justice system including motor vehicle searches, jury trials, and parole release decisions. She will use the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study whether there are racial disparities in final case outcomes among Virginia felony court cases that originate with the same arrest charges and criminal history. Her work has appeared in journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Journal of Law and Economics.

Description of Dr. Anwar's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Kevin H. Wozniak 

Dr. Kevin H. Wozniak 2015 Fellow

Dr. Kevin H. Wozniak is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He earned his B.A. in psychology and government from Skidmore College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in justice, law, and society from American University. He studies the political forces that shape criminal justice policy and practice in the U.S. Much of his work has focused on public opinion about crime and justice. He will use the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study public opinion about justice reinvestment with a particular focus on the way in which racialized cue words may polarize support and opposition for policy reform between whites and blacks. His work has been published in The Journal of Criminal Justice; Studies in Law, Politics, & Society; Criminal Justice Review; Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Crime and Justice. He is co-author (with Dr. Joanne Savage) of The Differential Etiology of Violence, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He was a 2012-2013 Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association. During his fellowship, he worked as a legislative aid for Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott of Virginia and focused on juvenile justice, gun violence and gun control, and elementary and secondary education policy.

Description of Dr. Wozniak's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Kevin M. Drakulich  

Dr. Kevin M. Drakulich
2014 Fellow

Dr. Kevin M. Drakulich is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He received B.A. in sociology from Skidmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington. His work focuses on three interrelated lines of research on questions related to race, inequality and crime — the social processes related to crime and its consequences across communities; perceptions of crime, disorder and social control within communities; and perceptions of race, crime, control and related policies more broadly. His recent research has appeared in Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociological Methods & Research, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Science Quarterly, Race and Justice, and Punishment & Society, among others. He is the 2014 recipient of the “New Scholar Award” from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of People of Color and Crime, and is a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network. He was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study the influence of implicit racial bias and the community racial composition on perceptions of crime and justice.

Description of Dr. Drakulich’s research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Irshad Altheimer 

Dr. Irshad Altheimer
2013 Fellow

Dr. Irshad Altheimer is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. in sociology from Alabama State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. His research interests include macro-level criminological theory, gun violence, corrections and criminal justice policy. His research publications have appeared in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Homicide Studies, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He received the W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship to study dispute-related urban violence among blacks and Hispanics.

Description of Dr. Altheimer's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Burt 

Dr. Callie Burt
2013 Fellow

Dr. Callie Burt is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and a faculty affiliate of the School of Social Transformation and Gender and Women’s Studies Program at ASU. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Georgia, where she won several awards for her research as a graduate student. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms through which social factors, such as racial discrimination, community disadvantages, parenting practices, stressful life events, and role transitions, influence individual offending and social development across the life course. In one prominent line of her research, Dr. Burt investigates how interpersonal racial discrimination increases the risks of individual offending and familial racial socialization provides resilience among African American youth. She has recently been awarded a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice to support her research that seeks to advance knowledge on the intersections between racial discrimination, racial socialization, gender, and crime. Although grounded in a sociological perspective, she utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to link various levels of influence and understand risk and resilience pathways. She has published articles a variety of journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Description of Dr. Burt's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Klahm 

Dr. Charles F. Klahm, IV
2013 Fellow

Dr. Charles F. Klahm, IV, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. He studied sociology at Northern Kentucky University (B.A., 2002) and criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D., 2009). His primary research interest focuses on police decision-making, especially the use of force and post stop outcomes. He is also interested in officer recruitment and hiring processes, police-community relations, and media influences on perceptions of criminal justice processes and victimization risks. His work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets, including Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, and the Journal of Crime and Justice. In 2013 he was co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice’s W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study victimization and fear of crime among Arab Americans in Metro-Detroit. The study seeks to gain a better understanding of victimization risks and perceptions of fear of crime among this understudied population.

Description of Dr. Klahm and Dr. Wu's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr.  

Dr. Yuning Wu
2013 Fellow

Dr. Yuning Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware in 2005 and 2009 respectively, and her B.A. in Law from Renmin University of China in 2003. Her research interests include citizen perceptions of crime and criminal justice, police behaviors and attitudes, victimization, and law and society. She has published over 40 refereed journal articles in these areas. Her recent research has appeared in journals such as Justice Quarterly, British Journal of Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Criminal Justice.

Description of Dr. Wu and Dr. Klahm's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Jana Arsovska 

Dr. Jana Arsovska
2012 Fellow

Dr. Jana Arsovska, a native of Macedonia, is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She holds a PhD degree in Criminology from Leuven University in Belgium where she studied the role of cultural codes in the evolution of ethnic Albanian organized crime groups. Her research interests include culture, migration and organized crime, female offenders and transnational crime, as well as corruption and radical Islam in post-conflict societies. Dr. Arsovska has published extensively on Balkan organized crime and human trafficking in scholarly journals and intelligence magazines and is the co-editor of the book Restoring Justice After Large-Scale Conflict: Kosovo, Congo and the Israeli-Palestinian Case. She is currently working on her new book, Decoding Albanian Organized Crime. Dr. Arsovska has acted as a consultant on organized crime for many organizations, including the World Bank. Prior to her current post, she underwent training at INTERPOL's criminal analysis unit. Dr. Arsovska is a recipient of the National Institute of Justice's 2012 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for research examining the relation between migration and transnational organized crime. Her study, focusing on ethnic Albanians in New York City, seeks to examine how organized crime groups operate across territories, and whether they are able to reproduce their territorial control in foreign countries.

Description of Dr. Arosvksa's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Anthony A. Peguero 

Dr. Anthony A. Peguero
2012 Fellow

Dr. Anthony A. Peguero is an assistant professor of Sociology and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech. He earned his BA in sociology and English, an MA in sociology, and an M.S. in criminal justice from Florida International University. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Miami in 2006. His research interests involve youth violence and juvenile justice, youth socialization and marginalization, school bullying, gender, race and ethnicity, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. He serves as a consultant on the Cartoon Network's campaign against bullying, and the editorial board for the journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice and the Crime and Deviance Section of Sociology Compass. Dr. Peguero is also a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network which holds the dual goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime and justice and of promoting racial democracy within the study of these issues by supporting junior scholars from under-represented groups. Some of Dr. Peguero's research has been published in Crime and Delinquency, Youth & Society, Journal of Criminal Justice, Punishment & Society, Journal of Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Description of Dr. Peguero's research funded under this fellowship.
Portrait of Dr. Biana E. Bersani

Dr. Bianca E. Bersani
2011 Fellow

Dr. Bianca E. Bersani is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her B.A. in sociology and psychology and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010, where her dissertation research received the University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences. Her research interests include examining patterns and predictors of offending over the life course, the impact of life transitions on desistance from crime, criminological theory, and immigration and crime. Her current research focuses on investigating the mechanisms promoting desistance from crime and examining the generalizability of the marriage effect across race, ethnicity, nativity, and culture. Her research has appeared in scholarly journals, including Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Dr. Bersani was a co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice’s 2011 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for research examining the relationship between marriages and offending for U.S. immigrants with a particular focus on potential racial, ethnic, immigrant generation and nativity disparities.

Description of Dr. Bersani's research funded under this fellowship.
Portrait of Dr. Sephanie M. DiPietro

Dr. Stephanie M. DiPietro
2011 Fellow

Dr. Stephanie M. DiPietro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. She received her M.A. in sociology from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010. Her research focuses primarily on the adaptation outcomes of immigrants, with particular emphasis on youth violence and delinquency. Currently, Dr. DiPietro is using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) to examine the role of family and peer processes in explanations of immigrant criminality. In addition, she is undertaking a study of Bosnian refugees in the city of St. Louis, and examining the intersection of individual, family and community dynamics in explanations of crime and substance use. Her research appears in the journals, Criminology, Social Forces, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.  She is a co-recipient of the 2011 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice, for research examining the relationships among race-ethnicity, immigrant status, marriage, and offending.

Description of Dr. DiPietro's research funded under this fellowship.
Portrait of Dr. Ojmarrh Mitchell 

Dr. Ojmarrh Mitchell
2011 Fellow

Dr. Ojmarrh Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. Professor Mitchell earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park,  with a doctoral minor in measurement, statistics and evaluation. His research interests include race/ethnicity and crime, drugs and crime, courts and sentencing, and systematic reviews of scientific research. Professor Mitchell’s past research includes a National Institute of Justice-funded meta-analysis of race and sentencing research, the National Evaluation of the Breaking the Cycle Demonstration Project (with Adele Harrell), the National Evaluation of Juvenile Correctional Facilities (with Doris L. MacKenzie), a randomized experimental evaluation of the Maryland Correctional Boot Camp (with Doris L. MacKenzie), and meta-analytic reviews of the effectiveness of drug courts and incarceration-based drug treatment in reducing recidivism (with David B. Wilson and Doris L. MacKenzie). In 2011, Professor Mitchell was awarded the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study racial/ethnic disparities in drug arrests and the effects of drug sanctions on subsequent drug offending and social bonding.

Description of Dr. Mitchell's research funded under this fellowship.
Portrait of Dr. Hung-En Sung 

Dr. Hung-En Sung
2010 Fellow

Dr. Hung-En Sung joined the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006. He specializes in substance abuse, offender rehabilitation, correctional health, and comparative analysis of crime and justice. In the area of substance abuse policy, his current work focuses on the treatment of chronic offenders with co-occurring disorders, the therapeutic mechanisms of faith-based recovery interventions, and racial disparities in the processing of DWI cases. Using national datasets and records from local agencies, Professor Sung is assessing the effect of morbidity and healthcare needs on recidivism among offenders under institutional or community supervision. He is also examining, prospectively, the desistance-recidivism pathways of violent juvenile delinquents released from Rikers Island, New York City. His cross-national research has revolved around the impact of democratization on crime, corruption, and criminal justice operations. Prior to his appointment at John Jay College, Professor Sung served as a research associate in the Division of Policy Research and Analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2001-2006) and as a research analyst at the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney's Office (1996-2001). He has published extensively and has been invited to share his work in Asia, Latin America and the United Nations.

Description of Dr. Sung's research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Holly Ventura Miller

Dr. Holly Ventura Miller
2008 Fellow

Dr. Holly Ventura Miller received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio (USTA). Her research areas include immigration and crime, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse treatment, and program evaluation. She has published more than two dozen refereed articles in journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Criminal Justice, and has participated in numerous research projects funded by federal and state agencies including the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Texas State Legislative Budget Board.

Dr. Miller was awarded the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship in 2009 to study the effects of acculturation on crime and victimization among Hispanic adolescents. More recently, she was awarded the NIJ Crime and Justice Investigator-Initiated Research grant, along with colleagues at USTA, to conduct a multi-state process and outcome evaluation of prison-based alcohol treatment services in Montana, Ohio, and Texas. Dr. Miller's most recently published research has focused on acculturation and crime, coercive treatment in prisons, the effectiveness of therapeutic communities on recidivism and relapse, and the long-term effects of self-control on health outcomes.

Abstract of Dr. Ventura's completed research funder under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Chris Gibson 

Dr. Chris Gibson
2008 Fellow

Dr. Chris Gibson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the independent and interactive influences of individual differences and environments/contextual influences on children's and adolescents’ antisocial behaviors, victimization, and the societal consequences of crime. He has published more than 70 scholarly works, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and federal reports. His articles have appeared in various academic journals including Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. His book (with Marvin Krohn) titled Handbook of Life-Course Criminology: Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research will be published by Springer-Verlag in 2012.

Dr. Gibson was awarded the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship in 2009 to study how the influence of acculturation on crime and victimization among Hispanic adolescents is explained by the neighborhood contexts in which they reside, and by the individual level differences that make more acculturated youth different from those less acculturated.  

Abstract of Dr. Gibson's completed research funder under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Cynthia Lum

Dr. Cynthia Lum
2007 Fellow

Dr. Cynthia Lum is the Deputy Director and Assistant Professor of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She conducts research primarily in the area of policing. Her works in this area have included evaluations of policing interventions for crime prevention effectiveness, examining place-based determinants of street-level police decision-making, understanding counterterrorism efforts by state and local law enforcement, and examining the relationship between drugs and violence using large policing datasets. With Christopher Koper (Police Executive Research Forum) and Cody Telep (Mason), Dr. Lum has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix, a translation tool designed for police practitioners to better institutionalize and utilize research on "what works" in policing into their strategic and tactical portfolio. She recently completed a randomized controlled experiment in evaluating license-plate recognition technologies.

Abstract of Dr. Lum's completed research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Amy Farrell 

Dr. Amy Farrell
2006 Fellow

Dr. Amy Farrell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the administration of justice with primary emphasis on measuring the effect of race and gender in police, prosecution and sentencing practices. She has also conducted research on police legitimacy and law enforcement responses to new crimes such as hate crime and human trafficking. She is currently overseeing a national human trafficking data collection program for the Bureau of Justice Statistics and a study of the prosecution of human trafficking cases for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Farrell has testified about law enforcement identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Her research has appeared in numerous scholarly publications including recent articles in Crime and Delinquency, Law and Society Review, Criminology and Public Policy, and the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Farrell was a co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship on Crime Justice and Culture in 2006. She received her Ph.D. in law, policy and society from Northeastern University in 2001.

Abstract of Dr. Farrell's completed research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Geoff Ward

Dr. Geoff Ward
2006 Fellow

Dr. Geoff Ward is Associate Professor of the Departments of Criminology, Law & Society and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He studied sociology at Hampton University (B.A., 1994) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 2001) and has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, and a visiting scholar in African-American Studies at Columbia University. In 2006 he was a co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to support research on racial balance in representation among federal court authorities and its relation to parity in sentencing. His work combines historical and sociological methods to examine the racial politics of social control, with emphasis on the racial history of juvenile justice, juvenile and federal courts, social movements, and racial group representation in justice-related occupations. His publications appear in various academic journals and anthologies. He is the author of The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and American Juvenile Justice (2012), a study of the rise, fall and lasting remnants of Jim Crow juvenile justice (University of Chicago Press).

Abstract of Dr. Ward's completed research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Eric A. Steward 

Dr. Eric A. Stewart
2005 Fellow

Dr. Eric A. Stewart is an Associate Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Fort Valley State University (1995). He holds an M.S. in sociology from Auburn University (1996), and a Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University (2000). He is a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network. Dr. Stewart was also a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow with the National Institute of Justice and a member of the National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR). His research interests include racial inequality and criminal outcomes, crime over the life course, and contextual- and micro-processes in adolescent development. He has published articles in Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Abstract of Dr. Stewart's completed research funded under this fellowship.


Portrait of Dr. Johnna Christian

Dr. Johnna Christian
2004 Fellow

Dr. Johnna Christian received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark. Her research focuses on the impact of incarceration on prisoners' families and communities, and on prisoner reentry. In 2005, she received the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to support a research project examining family members' connections to incarcerated individuals. Her work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. She is co-editor of the book, How Offenders Transform Their Lives (Willan Publishing).


Portrait of Dr. Becky Tatum 

Dr. Becky Lynn Tatum
2002 Fellow

Becky Lynn Tatum (1959-2005) was the first person to be awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship in 2000 to study social support across racial/ethnic and gender groups and the relationship of social support to juvenile misconduct. At that time, Dr. Tatum was an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University and had already established and published work on minority and women's issues in criminal justice, and colonial perspectives in race and crime.

Dr. Tatum earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.  She began teaching criminal justice at Grambling State University after graduation and returned there to head the Department of Criminal Justice just two years before her untimely and sudden death. She published numerous articles, book chapters and other scholarly works during her short career including the book, Crime, Violence and Minority Youth. She was active in criminal justice professional organizations serving as Executive Counselor to the Minorities and Women Section, and Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Critical Criminology Section of the American Society of Criminology, as well as Secretary to the ASC Division of People of Color and Crime.

In her honor, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences has established the annual Becky Tatum Excellence Award for conceptual or empirical contributions in the study of minorities as victims, professionals in criminal justice, or offenders.


Portrait of Dr. Ivory Toldson 

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson
2003 Fellow

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson is Associate Professor at Howard University, Senior Research Analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Negro Education. In 2003, Dr. Toldson received the National Institute of Justice's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for his research on methods to detect propensities toward racial and sexual civil violations among police officer candidates. Dr. Toldson has produced more than 40 articles and research presentations in 29 U.S. states, Paris, Dominican Republic, Scotland and the Republic of South Africa. Dr. Toldson is the author of the "Breaking Barriers" series, which analyzes academic success indicators from national surveys that, together, give voice to nearly 10,000 black male pupils from schools across the country. His most recent research focuses on the role of schools and the American educational system in reducing the number of black males in contact with the juvenile justice system. Dr. Toldson was named "Young Researcher of the Year" at Southern University and was featured in the Howard University Quest Magazine article, "Improving the Lives of African-American Males in the 21st Century." He won EboNetwork's Changing Faces Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement for his novel, Black Sheep. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University and has held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Drexel University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Southern University.

Abstract of Dr. Toldson's completed research funded under this fellowship.
Date Modified: February 15, 2018