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Stacia Gilliard-Matthews

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University Camden


Stacia Gilliard-Matthews teaches classes on police and policing, research methods, and poor, minorities, and justice. Her research focuses on the impact of politics and policies on race, gender, and class inequalities in society and police behavior and discretion. She has published work in Feminist Criminology, Police Quarterly, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Currently, Dr. Gilliard-Matthews is Principal Investigator of the Navigator’s Project, a study that contextually examines how adolescents negotiate risk-taking behaviors. She is also a co-Principal Investigator of the South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative in collaboration with the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs. This is a multi-year, multi-site grant funded by Pascale Sykes Foundation that evaluates the relationship between collaborative agencies and family well-being. She aids in evaluating organizational outcomes and designs the qualitative interviews and analyzes their outcomes. Prior to joining the Rutgers-Camden faculty, she was a faculty member at West Virginia University.