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Amada Armenta

My research examines how the policies and practices of local law enforcement agencies in Nashville, Tennessee intersect with federal deportation policy. Relying on interviews and ethnographic observations with members of the police and sheriff’s department, and immigration advocacy groups, my work demonstrates how mundane decisions made by street-level bureaucrats can result in deportation for unauthorized... Learn More


Stephanie DiPietro

Stephanie DiPietro received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her research focuses primarily on patterns of adaptation (and maladaptation) among immigrant and refugee groups, with a particular focus on violence and delinquency. Recently, Dr. DiPietro has been engaged in a qualitative study of Bosnian refugees and nationals... Learn More


Carla Miller-Coates

Dr. Carla Denise Coates is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Memorial University. Dr. Coates earned her doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010, concentrating in crime and deviance and Africana studies. Her dissertation, “Predictors of Drug Treatment Completion Among Black Women: A Black Feminist Intersectionality Approach,” was... Learn More


Temitope Oriola

Temitope Oriola’s research encompasses resource conflicts and “state-organized” crime; use of force and weaponization of the police in North America; and terrorism studies. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, Oriola was professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science,... Learn More


Brian Starks

Dr. Brian Chad Starks, speaker, Writer and Critical Criminologist. Born and raised in “The Metro” – Columbia, South Carolina, he attended Richland County public schools and graduated from Columbia High School. Dr. Starks attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he played football and majored in Sociology. For more than twenty years, he has... Learn More


Forrest Stuart

My research investigates how recent developments—specifically mass incarceration, zero-tolerance policing, digital social media, and new forms of music—have reshaped the social fabric of disadvantaged neighborhoods in the twenty-first century. This agenda has led to number of original research projects, community organizing efforts, and intervention programs. My research has been published in Urban Studies, Law and Social Inquiry, Souls, Annual... Learn More