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Dr. Joel Miller

Joel Miller has spent twenty-five years conducting criminal justice research in both academic and policy settings, joining the Rutgers faculty in 2009. His work is international in scope, reflecting a career that has seen employment at the UK Home Office, the University of Malaga in Spain, and the Vera Institute of Justice, New York. He... Learn More

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Dr. Michael Ostermann

Michael Ostermann is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. His research interests primarily lie within the fields of prisoner reentry and corrections, and how they intersect with public policy. His recent work investigates the impact of post-release reentry services upon recidivism, whether effects vary across different... Learn More

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Dr. Norman Samuels

Dr. Samuels recently returned to the faculty after serving for three decades in senior University administrative roles. His research interests are in the fields of terrorism and counter-terrorism, security and intelligence studies, and the intersection of interna-tional terrorism and crime, and in particular, the interface among these topics and the American system of government. He... Learn More

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Dr. Mercer Sullivan

Professor Sullivan’s book Getting Paid: Youth Crime and Work in the Inner City (Cornell University Press, 1989) is widely cited as a seminal study of ecological influences on youth development. He is one of the first researchers to have studied the male role in teenage pregnancy and parenting. His other research has examined the roles of community... Learn More

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Dr. Bonita Veysey

Bonita Veysey, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to her employment at Rutgers, Dr. Veysey was a Senior Research Associate at Policy Research Associates in Delmar, New York. During that time, she was the Director of the Women’s Program Core and the Associate Director of the National... Learn More

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Dr. Sara Wakefield

Sara Wakefield received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her research interests focus on the consequences of mass imprisonment for the family, with an emphasis on childhood wellbeing and racial inequality, culminating in a series of articles and book, Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the... Learn More

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Dr. Todd Clear

Todd R. Clear is University Professor of Criminal Justice.  He has served previously as Provost of the University, and before that Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Clear has also held professorships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor), Florida State University (where he was also... Learn More

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Dr. Sarah E. Lageson

Sarah Lageson studies criminal law, privacy, surveillance, and tech and her research examines the growth of online crime data, mugshots, and criminal records that create new forms of “digital punishment.” Sarah is a grant recipient of the National Institutes of Justice New Investigator/Early Career Award for her study of criminal records and is a 2020-2021... Learn More

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Dr. Valerio Baćak

Valerio Baćak joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary research interest is in understanding how legal systems of punishment and control shape social inequality, especially inequalities in health. In addition to academic work, Valerio has consulted internationally on public health projects for various United Nations organizations.... Learn More

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Dr. Colleen Berryessa

Dr. Colleen M. Berryessa joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2018. Her research, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods, considers how psychological processes, perceptions, attitudes, and social contexts affect the criminal justice system, particularly related to courts and sentencing. She primarily examines these issues, using both psychological and... Learn More