Department Chair

Jane A. Siegel, Professor
B.A. Drew University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Jane A. Siegel serves as department chair (2015-2018) and has taught a range of courses in criminal justice, including the introductory course, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, statistics, white collar crime and corrections.  In Fall 2015, she will be teaching a course at South Woods State Prison in which students from the Rutgers campus will be learning alongside individuals incarcerated at South Woods, the first time that Rutgers–Camden will conduct an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course.  Her research interests include children of incarcerated parents, families and crime, the long-term consequences of child maltreatment and juvenile justice.  Her research in these areas has been supported by grants from  the National Institute of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, and has been published in numerous journal articles.  She is currently conducting a large-scale survey of visitors to and individuals incarcerated in a large urban jail system, focusing on family visitation.  The project also includes in-depth interviews with children with an incarcerated family member.  Dr. Siegel is also engaged in a follow-up study of the children interviewed for her book Disrupted Childhoods: Children of Women in Prison (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

Full-Time Faculty

Ross Allen

Ross Allen, Assistant Professor
BA Rutgers University–Camden
M.A. Westchester, J.D. Widener University Law School

Ross Allen is the department’s coordinator of off-campus programs and teaches courses on organized crime, white-collar crime, and varieties of crime. Mr. Allen has been an adjunct instructor at several local colleges, including Rutgers–Camden, for several years. He has experience in the on-line teaching environment in addition to classroom teaching. In addition to working as an adjunct, Mr. Allen worked in the staffing industry and uses his experience in conducting job searches to help criminal justice and sociology students navigate the job market. 

IMG_2509Gail A. Caputo, Professor
B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Rutgers–Newark

Gail Caputo teaches courses on criminal justice policy analysis, ethics and policy, statistics, serial killers, and prison violence. She is also director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers–Camden. She is the author of various journal articles and book chapters as well as: A Halfway House for Women: Oppression and ResistanceOut in the Storm: Drug-Addicted Women Living as Shoplifters and Sex WorkersIntermediate Sanctions in Corrections, and What’s in the Bag? A Shoplifting Treatment and Education Program. Her early research addressed moral reasoning and 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. Her recent body of research employs a rich intellectual tradition of ethnography to study social issues relevant to criminology and public policy, particularly women in conflict with the law. 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, Professor
B.A. Wesleyan University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

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, 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 children and childhood culture, health, and illness. Dr. Clark conducts research that privileges the vantage points of children. She has authored or co-authored six books, including ethnographies about American childhood: Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith:  Children’s Myths in Contemporary America and In Sickness and In Play: Children Coping With Chronic Illness. Her recent edited collection, Play and Well Being, explores the contributing role of play for children’s health and medical care. She has also authored a methodological handbook for child-centered inquiry, entitled In A Younger Voice:  Doing Children’s Qualitative Research. An accomplished applied researcher, Clark has played a leadership role in the vital scholarly field of the anthropology and sociology of childhood; she has chaired the Child and Youth Section of the American Sociological Association and has served on the board of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (part of the American Anthropological Association). Dr. Clark has been guest editor of the International Journal of Play, annual editor for the series Play and Culture, and co-editor (with Simon Bronner) for the encyclopedia Youth Cultures in America. Dr. Clark blogs bi-monthly at Child’s World America.

Kurt FowlerKurt Fowler, Lecturer
B.A., Temple University, M.S., University of Pennsylvania

Kurt Fowler teaches criminological theory, research methodology and ethics. He is a doctoral candidate at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in Newark where he is completing his dissertation on the relationship between internet access and the safety and security of sex workers. Previously, he has worked with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and NJSTEP bringing university level education into prisons, discussing theoretical and philosophical issues in the criminal justice system. Most recently his work has been published in the Journal of Urban Health exploring issues surrounding Stop, Question, & Frisk in New York City. His research interests include issues of safety and security in sexual commerce, as well as, theoretical topics surrounding legitimacy and procedural justice.

Katrina Hazzard-Donald, Professor
A.B. Wilberforce; Ph.D. Cornell

Katrina Hazzard-Donald chairs the African American Culture Area for the Popular Culture Association, and teaches racial and ethnic relations,  Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois, African-American culture, , 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.

Nathan Link, Assistant Professor
B.S., The College of New Jersey; M.S.W., Rutgers University; Ph.D. Temple University

Dr. Nathan Link—a Rutgers University alumnus who earned a master’s degree in social work, as well as a graduate certificate from Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics—joined the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice as an assistant professor in Fall 2017.  He earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Temple University in 2017.  His research interests include corrections and sentencing, legal financial obligations and debt, and mental illness and substance abuse. He is excited to teach the senior capstone course—Ethics and Policy in Criminal Justice—in addition to a new elective called Mass Incarceration, Reentry, and Justice. He has published work in a number of journals, including  Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and The Sociological Quarterly.

Joan Maya Mazelis, Associate ProfessorJoan Mazelis
B.A., Binghamton University, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Mazelis is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and an affiliated scholar at Rutgers–Camden’s Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE). She received her B.A. from Binghamton University of the State University of New York and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mazelis teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory, Social Stratification, and Urban Sociology. She was in the inaugural cohort of Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows and received a Chancellor’s Award for Academic Civic Engagement in 2012.

Dr. Mazelis specializes in the study of urban poverty and social ties, using qualitative interview methods to explore the meaning and understanding people have of their own situations. Her book, Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties Among the Poor, based on her research in Philadelphia, is forthcoming from NYU Press.

Michelle Meloy, Professor
B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington; Ph.D. University of Delaware

Michelle Meloy is Director of the MA Program in Criminal Justice and teaches Victimology, Gender, Crime and Justice, and Social Justice in Film. Her research has appeared in numerous journal articles and she is the author of two books: , Sex Offenses and The Men Who Commit Them  and The Victimization of Women: Law, Policies, and Politics.

Laura NapolitanoLaura 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 OsujiChinyere 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.

Harry RheaHarry Rhea, Assistant Professor
B.A., Rutgers University-Camden, Ph.D., National University of Ireland

Harry Rhea teaches courses on law, courts, and comparative criminal justice.  His research focuses specifically on United States foreign policy and international criminal justice.  He previously held dual faculty appointments in the School of International and Public Affairs and the College of Law at Florida International University, where he was instrumental in developing and administering the proposal for the first Ph.D. in international crime and justice in the United States. Dr. Rhea is the author of The United States and International Criminal Tribunals (Intersentia, 2012) and several articles on war crimes investigative commissions and international criminal courts. In 2013, he was awarded the Roslyn Muraskin Emerging Scholar Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2005, he was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society as an honorary faculty member. He will serve as Chair of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section from 2017-2019.

Richard Stansfield, Rutgers FacultyRichard Stansfield, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Delaware

Richard Stansfield teaches Theories of Crime & Delinquency in addition to courses on courts and the criminal justice system. Prior to Rutgers University–Camden, Dr. Stansfield worked as Research Analyst for the State of Oregon and the Oregon State Hospital, where he was involved in risk assessment research. He continues to conduct risk assessment research with domestic violence offenders. In addition to intimate partner violence and homicide, his research interests focus on recidivism and reentry; and race, ethnicity, and immigration. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including: Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; American Journal of Public Health; Journal of Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice & Behavior; and Crime & Delinquency.

Emeritus Faculty

Myra Bluebond-Langner, Board of Governors Professor of AnthropologyMyra Bluebond-Langner
B.A. Temple; Ph.D. University of Illinois
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Myra Bluebond-Langner retired from Rutgers–Camden in 2015 and is currently 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 (, 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, andOmega. 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.

Sheila Cosminsky, Associate Professor
B.A. CUNY; M.A. Washington State; Ph.D. Brandeis

Sheila Cosminsky retired from teaching at Rutgers–Camden in 2013. She 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 also conducted 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 retired from teaching in 2012. He taught the methods and techniques of social research course, 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 PoliticsTurncoats and True Believers: The Dynamics of Political Belief and DisillusionmentSociology: 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.

Drew Humphries, Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A.; D. Criminology, University of California, Berkeley

Drew Humphries retired from teaching in 2016 after serving as department chair.  During her career at Rutgers–Camden, she founded and was the first director of the graduate program in criminal justice. She has published in the areas of crime, social control, media, women, and drugs. Dr. Humphries is the the author of Crack Mothers: Drugs, Pregnancy and the Media and editor of Women, Violence, and the Media: Feminist Readings in Criminology;  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.

Robert Wood, Professor
B.A. Harvard; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

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 the 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 now lives along the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia and invites former students to keep in touch.

Adjunct Faculty

Ann Adalist-Estrin holds a BA in early childhood education from Temple University and an MS in counseling and human services from Villanova University. Ms Adalist-Estrin in the director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers, Camden. She is an internationally recognized advocate for children and families of the incarcerated. She teaches courses on children and families of the incarcerated at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Christopher Auletto earned his BA in sociology at Rutgers University–Camden and a MA in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University. Currently Mr. Auletto is a detective with the Camden County Office of the Prosecutor where his is assigned to the domestic violence unit. He teaches domestic violence.

Michael W. Chewkanes holds B.A. and M.A. from Rutgers-Camden and a J.D. from Widener University Law School.  He served as an Assistant County Prosecutor for Camden County, NJ for 30 years before he retired.  He held various positions within the office including First Assistant County Prosecutor.  He has tried over 100 felony jury trials including numerous death penalty cases.  He has taught Topics in Criminal Law, Confinement and Corrections and Law and Society.  He has lectured at the Camden County Police Academy and at the National District Attorney’s Association – National Advocacy Center, Charleston, SC.

Joanna Cohen 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, Sociology of the Family, Methods and Techniques of Social Research and Medical Sociology.

Joseph DaGrossa received his BA from St. Joseph’s University, a degree in counseling from LaSalle University, and is completing his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Temple University. He currently is a federal probation officer with the US District Court in Camden. He teaches methods and techniques of social research, theories of crime and delinquency, and ethics and policy plus electives in community corrections.

Douglas Green holds a BA in psychology from the University of Rochester, MA degrees in forensic psychology and criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a PhD in criminal justice from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  A federal agent for more than twenty-five years, he is currently a digital forensics examiner with Homeland Security Investigations and involved in the investigation of a wide range of offenses including cyber crimes.  Dr. Green’s research interests include cyber crime, traumatic stress reactions and law enforcement officers, the relationship between child pornography possession and pedophilic contact offenses, and the ethics and practice of immigration law enforcement.  He is currently teaching courses in cyber crime and cyber terrorism.   

Daniel A. Howard holds a both a B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers–Camden and has been an adjunct in the department since 2005 instructing law enforcement and public safety related courses. He has more than 35 years in the field of emergency services, to include 25 years with the Mount Laurel Police Department, where his experience comprises more than 17 years of supervisory and command level positions. Upon retiring from the police department, he went onto serve as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Brigantine Beach and was responsible for overseeing the full time Police and Fire/EMS Departments for the City. He has completed numerous specialized public safety and management training programs to include Leadership and Strategic Planning course at the Police Institute at Rutgers–Newark. In Addition to his experience as an adjunct professor, Mr. Howard has had the opportunity to teach numerous sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel in 20 different states around the country, as well as, internationally for the police department in Abu Dhabi- United Arab Emirates.

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. Dr. Isamah teaches Sociology of the Family, Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to Sociology, Poor Minorities and Justice and other sociology courses.

Diane Marano holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Rutgers University School of Law (Camden), and a Ph.D. in Childhood Studies from Rutgers University (Camden). Formerly, Dr. Marano served as an assistant prosecutor with the Camden County Office of the Prosecutor where she was head of the juvenile division. She teaches courses in juvenile justice. Dr. Marano is the author of Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices behind Gun Violence.

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 J.D. at Villanova School of Law. She has served as Assistant U. S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Camden and in the Antitrust Division in Philadelphia. She teaches courses on white collar crime and the death penalty.

Michael Angel Medina Jr., holds a B.S. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an M.A.C.J. from Rutgers–Camden. He is currently a Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist for the Cumberland County Center for Family Services – SERV (Services Empowering the Rights of Victims) program. He teaches Drugs and Society; and Drugs, Crime and Punishment. In addition to teaching at the Rutgers–Camden campus, he teaches in the off-campus programs at Camden County-Blackwood, and Atlantic Cape-Mays Landing. In addition to intimate partner violence and drugs, his research interests focus on recidivism and reentry; race, ethnicity, and police use of force; and gender in crime. His work has appeared in the Journal of Youth Studies.

Stephen J. Moore holds a B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from Rutgers–Camden. Mr. Moore is a background investigator with the New Jersey Department of Corrections Custody Recruitment Unit. He teaches Confinement and Corrections.

Kevin Murphy started as an investigator with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office in Newark, New Jersey. After five years, he was hired as an investigator for the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey where he served for 35 years, 27 as their chief investigator supervising the investigators in the District of New Jersey. He left the Federal Defender in 2013 and opened his own practice, which specializes in criminal matters including CJA appointments. He is licensed as a private investigator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2005 Kevin earned his masters degree from Rutgers–Camden and has been on their faculty as a part-time lecturer since graduation. He regularly teaches a practicum in criminal investigation.

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 teaches courses in both anthropology and sociology, including Childhood and Culture, Women and Men in Society, Sociology of Work and Careers and Anthropology of American Culture.

Matthew J. Sheridan earned a B.A. from Stockton State College, an M.A. from Montclair State University and an Ed.D. from Rutgers–New Brunswick. He is both an academic and a practitioner, having worked for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and Department of Corrections for several years. He teaches courses in juvenile justice at our criminal justice program at Raritan Valley Community College.

Nadine Rosechild Sullivan is a sociologist who earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at Temple University, with concentrations in gender and sexuality and race and ethnicity. She studies social movements and focused her dissertation on the LGBT movement in New Jersey at the height of the marriage equality demand. Dr. Sullivan has also taught at Temple, Rowan and Ursinus College. Her published works include the books I Trusted You! Fully and Honestly Speaking of Gendered Assault and The Marriage Equality Movement & A Brief History of (Some) U.S. Social Movements. She teaches social movements.

Tracy Anne Swan holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.P.A.-M.A. from Rutgers Camden. She is the senior project coordinator at the Walter Rand Institute of Public Affairs. She teaches Ethics and Policy in Criminal Justice and Methods and Techniques of Social Research at our off campus programs in Fort Dix, Blackwood and Mays Landing.