Drew Humphries, Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A.; D. Criminology, University of California, Berkeley
Drew Humphries serves as department chair (Fall 2012-Spring 2015) and teaches classes on drugs, violence, and crime and criminal justice issues and trends. She founded and was the first director of the graduate program in criminal justice. She publishes in the areas of crime, social control, media, women, and drugs. Dr. Humphries is the editor of Women, Violence, and the Media: Feminist Readings in Criminology; the author of Crack Mothers: Drugs, Pregnancy and the Media and co-editor of Women, Violence, and the Media, and a special issue of Violence Against Women. Dr. Humphries received the Creative Teacher of the Year Award from the Office of the Provost (1991) and Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology in 2003.
Myra Bluebond-Langner is currently on leave Fall 2010 – Fall 2015 and serving as Professor and True Colours Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, the first ever research chair in pediatric palliative care (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ich/research-ich/palliative-care) Dr Bluebond-Langner was the founder and the first Director of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies.
She is the author of The Private Worlds of Dying Children, and In the Shadow of Illness: Parents and Siblings of the Chronically Ill Child, and co-editor of The Psychosocial Aspects of Cystic Fibrosis (with Bryan Lask and Denise Angst) and special “In Focus” on Children, Childhoods and Childhood Studies of the American Anthropologist (with Jill Korbin).. She is the associate editor of BMJ: Supportive and Palliative Care, serves on the editorial boards of Children and Society, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Ethos: Journal of the Society of Psychological Anthropology, and Omega. She is also the current and founding editor of the Rutgers University Press book series in Childhood Studies.
Professor Bluebond-Langner received the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology in 1987, the Warren Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rutgers University in 1990, the Charles Corr Award for contributions to the literature on children and death from Children’s Hospice International in 1997, the Research Recognition Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2000, and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Research Excellence in 2009.
Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Instructor
Ph.D. Rutgers-Newark, J.D. American University Washington College of Law
Stephanie Bush-Baskette is the department’s coordinator of off campus criminal justice programs and teaches theories of crime and delinquency, ethics and policy in criminal justice, and methods plus techniques of social research. Dr. Bush-Baskette’s publications include Misguided Justice: The War on Drugs and Black Women. Her articles appear in Feminist Criminology, Rutgers Law Review as well as a research brief on women in the criminal justice for the NAACP. Before coming to Rutgers-Camden, Dr. Bush-Baskette taught at the graduate school of criminal justice (Rutgers-Newark), directed the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies (Rutgers Newark), and served as a New Jersey State Legislator and New Jersey Gubernatorial Cabinet member.
Gail Caputo teaches courses on criminal justice policy analysis, ethics and policy, and corrections. She is the author of What’s in the Bag? A Shoplifting Treatment and Education Program, Intermediate Sanctions in Corrections, and Out in the Storm: Drug-Addicted Women Living as Shoplifters and Sex Workers. Her early research addressed moral reasoning in the determination of criminal punishment. Her more recent research has focused on intermediate sanctions programs, with a particular focus on shoplifters and community service sentencing. She has been involved both in creating alternatives to incarceration and in their evaluation. She is currently extending her research on shoplifting. Before coming to Rutgers-Camden, Dr. Caputo worked at the Vera Institute of Justice as a Senior Research Associate, at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and at both Texas A&M and the University of North Texas.
Cati Coe teaches sociology of education, individual and society, and a range of courses in cultural anthropology. The thread that runs through her various research projects concerns the way ideas and discourses gain currency in and become routinized by institutions—whether in school curricula, immigration laws, or nursing homes—and how people experience these institutionalized discourses and routines through perspectives and bodily habits developed in other social fields, their repertoire. She has long examined this process in schools, including in the teaching of “national culture” in Ghanaian schools, published as The Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Nationalism, Youth and the Transformation of Knowledge. She is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the parenting decisions and practices of Ghanaian transnational migrants in the United States, many of whom leave behind their children in Ghana, in part because of immigration law and the high cost of daycare, tentatively titled The Scattered Family. Her current research looks at how African immigrants’ participation in eldercare work in the United States is affecting the meaning of care in nursing homes as well as the care of elderly in their own families. Dr. Coe is also one of the editors of Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective.
Cindy Dell Clark, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Cindy Dell Clark teaches introduction to cultural anthropology as well as courses in the area of children and childhood culture, health, and illness. Dr. Clark conducts research that privileges the vantage points of children. She has published four books, including two ethnographies: Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith: Children’s Myths in Contemporary America and In Sickness and In Play: Children Coping With Chronic Illness. She has also authored a methodological handbook on child-centered research (In A Younger Voice: Doing Children’s Qualitative Research) and an edited book on processes of play (Transactions At Play). Clark has been nominated as editor of a topical issue of the International Journal of Play, expected in 2013, dealing with the role of play in children’s well- being and health. Clark has extensive background in applied qualitative methods and consulting, which she has brought to bear in her most recent research on childhood asthma, including problems of stigma and barriers to adherence to preventive treatment. Clark is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and serves on the editorial board of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Another interest of Cindy Dell Clark is the importance of ritual in children’s lives and development, most recently multi-year fieldwork on the summer patriotic holidays, July 4th and Memorial Day.
Stacia Gilliard-Matthews, Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Maryland, M.A. The Ohio State University, Ph.D. Arizona State University
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.
Katrina Hazzard-Donald is Director of Africana Studies and Research Program, chairs the African American Culture Area for the Popular Culture Association, and teaches racial and ethnic relations, the Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois, African-American culture, urban sociology, introduction to sociology, contemporary social problems, and several unique courses, one of them entitled “Dance of the African Diaspora;” the other a course on “Africans and Native Americans.” She is the author of Mojo Workin’: the Old African American Hoodoo System, and Jookin: The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture, and numerous articles on African American dance and culture. She has served on the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is the recipient of the Henry Rutgers Research Fellowship, and American Council of Learning Societies Fellowship among other prestigious awards.
Joan Maya Mazelis, Assistant Professor
B.A., Binghamton University, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Joan Maya Mazelis teaches introduction to sociology, sociological theory, urban sociology, and social stratification. She is an affiliated scholar at The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE). Dr. Mazelis was a Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow in 2011-2012 and received a Chancellor’s Award for Academic Civic Engagement in 2012. Her research interests include urban poverty and inequality, social policy, race and ethnicity, identity, reciprocity, social capital, stigma, qualitative methods, and the daily lives of low-income families. She considers how ideas about poverty change over time and how those ideas affect poor people. Her publications include, “Relationship Status and Activated Kin Support: The Role of Need and Norms,” published in 2011 in Journal of Marriage and Family, and she has other articles under review at the Journal of Poverty and American Journal of Sociology. She is currently working on a book, Our Strength Is in Our Unity: The Limits of Human Capital and the Rewards of Social Capital for the Poor. Before coming to Rutgers, Dr. Mazelis was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yeshiva University in New York City, and also taught at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle Meloy is Director of the MA Program in Criminal Justice and teaches victimology, gender ,crime and justice, and courts and criminal law. Her research areas focus on gender and crime, violence in domestic settings, sexual victimization and sex offenders, and criminal justice policy. Her research has appeared in journal articles and books , including, Sex Offenses and The Men Who Commit Them and The Victimization of women: Law, policies, and politics. She is writing a new sexual victimization book and co-authoring a victimology textbook.
Laura Napolitano, Assistant Professor
B.S. Saint Joseph’s University, M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Laura Napolitan teaches courses on the family, childhood and adolescence, and methods and techinques of social research. She is a sociologist of the family whose work examines middle-income families, young adults and marriage, plus homeless youth and the transition to adulthood. She is currently extending her work on plight of homeless youth and looking at the impact of education, incarcerated parents, and mothering on delinquency and homelessness among high risk youth. Before coming to Rutgers, Professor Naplitano was a Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellow, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago.
Chinyere Osuji, Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.M. Harvard University, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Chinyere Osuji teaches comparative courses on Family and Race & Ethncity plus required courses in sociology. Her research is also comparative: she has conducted research in Brazil, the US, and Spain. She has investigated immigration and low wage work as well as social reactions to black-white interracial couples. She is currently working on a book comparing interracial couples and their children in the US and Brazil. Before coming to Rutgers, Professor Osuji was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Africana Studies.
Jane A. Siegel teaches a range of courses in criminal justice, including the introductory course, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, statistics, white collar crime and corrections. She has published a number of articles on the long-term consequences of sexual abuse and on sexual victimization based on longitudinal studies of adult survivors of child sexual abuse for which she was co-principal investigator. She recently completed a National Institute of Justice funded study of risk factors for victimization of women. Dr. Siegel is author of Disrupted Childhoods: Children of Women in Prison.
Louis Tuthill, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
Louis Tuthill teaches theories of crime and delinquency, violence, and research methods and techniques. Prior to coming to Rutgers-Camden, Dr. Tuthill worked for the Department of Justice as a Social Science Analyst where he managed and advised on the portfolio which included gangs, drug markets, firearm trafficking, evaluation research, terrorism, and neighborhood and violent crime. His research continues to focus on community-level factors which contribute to violent crime across various domains to include families, schools, communities, peer groups, businesses, availability of social services, and the physical environment. In addition, he is building research partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies to strategize and evaluate violent crime reduction efforts. He has co-authored chapters in The Cambridge Handbook of Environment in Human Development (2012), Treating the Juvenile Offender (2008), and Preventing Youth Violence in a Multi-Cultural Society.
Sheila Cosminsky, Associate Professor
B.A. CUNY; M.A. Washington State; Ph.D. Brandeis
Sheila Cosminsky is on research leave 2012-2013, and will retire from teaching at the end of Spring 2013. She has taught cultural anthropology, food and culture, health and healing, women, men and culture and several courses on African and Latin American cultures. She has carried out anthropological field research in Guatemala, Belize, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Japan, and has published over two dozen articles on health, nutrition, and medical practices in these societies as well as a two-volume bibliography, Traditional Medicine. She is currently working on a book manuscript about birth and medicalization in Guatemala as traced over 35 years through the lives of two midwives, a mother and her daughter, on a Guatemalan plantation, tentatively titled: Maria’s World: Midwives, Mothers and Medicalization in Guatemala. She has recently been engaged in research on health and nutrition, especially child obesity, among the children of Hispanic migrant workers in southern New Jersey.
Ted Goertzel, Professor
B.A. Antioch; Ph.D. Washington University
Ted Goertzel retires from teaching at the end of Spring 2012 semester following a research leave. He has taught the methods and techniques of social research, as well as sociology of communications, political sociology, social movements, Introduction to Latin American Studies, and other courses. He is the author of six books, the most recent being, Brazil’s Lula: The Most Popular Politician on Earth, a new edition of Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than Four Hundred Famous Men and Women and Fernando Henrique Cardoso: Reinventing Democracy in Brazil. He is also the author of Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics, Turncoats and True Believers: The Dynamics of Political Belief and Disillusionment, Sociology: Class, Consciousness and Contradictions (with Albert Szymanski), and Political Society, along with many articles and reports, including most recently, “Homicide Booms and Busts: A Small-N Comparative Historical Study,” in Homicide Studies.
Robert Wood retired from teaching at the end of the Spring 2009 semester, after a career at Rutgers-Camden that started in 1981. He is the author of two books and several dozen articles on development, globalization, sociological theory, international tourism, and the use of technology in teaching. Dr. Wood was the recipient of many teaching awards, including vthe Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Outstanding Contribution to Instruction Award at the American Sociological Association, and the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. Prof. Wood and his wife Monika now live along the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia and invite former students to keep in touch.
Ross Allen holds a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, an M.A. from West Chester University, and a B.A. from Rutgers Camden. He regularly teaches at local universities and community colleges. He teaches criminal justice in America, organized crime, and juvenile justice.
Ellis Jeff Baron holds an MA degree from Arizona State University and remains ABD in a Ph.D. program at University of Colorado. He has worked in private industry and currently teaches sociology and criminology at local colleges and universities. He teaches law and society.
Michael W. Chewkanes holds both a B.A. and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers-Camden a doctorate in law from Widener University. He works in the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office as a Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor and has taught at the Camden County Police Academy and at the National District Attorneys Advocacy Center in South Carolina.
Liza Chowdury is a Ph.D. candidate in criminal justice at Rutgers-Newark. Her research on gangs and female offenders has been presented at the American Society of Criminology. She is teaching core criminal justice classes, including theories of crime and delinquency in our off-campus program at Raritan Valley County College.
Pamela Clark holds a B.S. degree from Fairmont State University in West Virginia and a M.S.W. from Rutgers University. She joined the Rutgers-Camden Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) staff in 2006 and taught Human Services and Sociology courses at Camden County College prior to this. She now teaches a variety of Sociology courses at Rutgers-Camden: Sociology of the Family, Women and Men in Society, and Race and Ethnicity.
Joanna Cohen (now Kallan) earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of parents with infants in neonatal intensive care. She teaches introduction to sociology, family, and methods and techniques of social research.
Robert A. Emmons Jr. holds a B.A. in Communication and Film Studies from Rowan University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Rutgers-Camden. He is pursuing a doctorate at Drew University. An accomplished film maker, he serves as Associate Director of the Rutgers-Camden Honors College and teaches at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as well as Rutgers-Camden.
Michael Epstein holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Sociology from Witchita State University; he also did doctoral work in the criminology program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a research and administrative analyst for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts. His past research focused on such things as gang membership and juvenile probation.
Donna Gottardi holds an M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania and did doctoral work in anthropology at the New Mexico- Albuquerque. She earned her BA at Rutgers Camden. She teaches sociology and anthropology courses.
Daniel Howard holds a both a B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers-Camden. He has twenty years of law enforcement experience with the Mount Laurel Police Department where he is currently an Administrative Lieutenant. He has completed extensive specialized management training programs to include the West Point Leadership and Command, Leadership and Strategic Planning with the Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark and Certified Public Manager with the State of New Jersey and Farleigh Dickinson University.
Augustine Isamah earned both his Ph.D. and B.S. at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. For several years he was a “Presidential Fellow” at Temple Univeristy, and is now on the faculty of Montgomery Community College. He is the author of the book, The Social Determinants of Labor Productivity and many articles on child labor, structural adjustment policies, health and local knowledge, and other subjects.
Patrick McCarty, (B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln) teaches Psychological Anthropology as well as criminal justice and sociology classes. His research interests include Native American ethnohistory, technology and culture, and urban male transient culture. In addition to teaching at the Rutgers-Camden campus, he teaches in the off campus programs at Ft. Dix, Camden County-Blackwood, and West Monmouth County College.
Lucy P. McClaine, earned her B.A at Rutgers Camden and a JD at Villa Nova School of Law. She Assistant U. S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in the US Department of Justice (Camden, NJ) and is offering a course on the death penalty.
Elizabeth A. McGinsky is a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology at Temple University. Published research examines sex ratios among Nepalese living in the Khumba regions. She teaches physical anthropology.
Kimberlee Sue Moran has been a forensic consultant and educator since 2002. She holds an undergraduate degree in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and a MSc. in forensic archaeological science from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Kimberlee has worked on a number of cases in a range of capacities and most recently has run training workshops for local law enforcement. She helped to launch the JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences in 2010 and has run an educational organization, Forensic Outreach, since 2004. Her doctoral research is in the field of ancient fingerprints. She teaches a three semester sequence in forensics beginning fall 2012
Cynthia Saltzman holds a B.A. from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. She has been a research director and consultant at a variety of institutions, and has been active in the American Anthropological Association and other professional organizations. She has published widely on women and work, as well as Jewish identity and folklore. She regularly teaches at a variety of local institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.
Matthew J. Sheridan earned a B.A. from Stockton State College, a MA from Montclair State University and an Ed.D from Rutgers-New Brunswick. He is both an academic and a practitioner, teaching courses on our off campus criminal justice program at Raritan Community College.
Tracy Anne Swan holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MPA-MA from Rutgers Camden. She is the senior project coordinator at the Walter Rand Institute of Public Affairs. She is teaching ethics and policy in the first session at our off campus program at Fort Dix (Joint Base McGuire and Ft. Dix).