The mission of the Center on Crime, Race, and Justice (CRJ) at Northeastern is to make the criminal justice system more equitable and just for all. The four labs of CRJ position race and diversity at the forefront of research to understand how diverse communities are differentially impacted by crime, violence, and responses to crime. Our work aims to provide evidence-based reforms to address these disparities in the system.
The CRJ’s work is guided by three key principles that transcend the work of all CRJ labs and initiatives.
- Promotion of Transdisciplinary Research and Engaged Local Partnerships: CRJ will establish research partnerships within and beyond Northeastern University in all of our research engagements. These include some relationships that are already informally occurring, including community based-collaborations and intra-University collaboration such as the interdisciplinary collaboration Partnership on Immigrant Rights, which is primarily led by the Law School.
- Connection and Engagement with a Robust Community Advisory Board: The CRJ Community Advisory Board (CAB) convenes a group of community practitioners who have expertise in various areas of community practice, including criminal justice, education, workforce development, advocacy, and youth development. The CRJ CAB will meet monthly with members of the CRJ leadership and research labs, providing advisory input on creating a research agenda that is relevant and useful to local communities.
- Cultivation of Multigenerational Research Experiences: The Center is a critical resource for the cultivation of multigenerational research opportunities for students across CSSH. CRJ will utilize a structured mentoring system to prepare undergraduate and graduate student researchers in a variety of techniques and methodological approaches.
The Center on Crime, Race, and Justice is co-directed by Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab, Carlos Cuevas, and Director of the Corrections and Reentry Lab, Natasha Frost, in collaboration with Director of Community Engagement, Lisa Bailey-Laguerre.
Director of Community Relations, Center on Crime, Race, and Justice
Lisa Laguerre is the Director of Community Relations for the Center on Crime, Race, and Justice (CRJ) at Northeastern University. She received her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Clinical Counseling Psychology from Northeastern Unive…
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab
Professor Cuevas’s research interests are in the area of victimization and trauma, sexual violence, family violence, and psychological assessment. His work focuses examining victimization among Latinos and how it relates to mental health and service …
Associate Dean of Research; Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director of Corrections and Reentry Lab
Natasha Frost, Associate Dean of Research in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a specialization in punishment and social control. She also currently serves as the Dire…
Tina Di Blasi
Finance & Administration Manager (School of Criminology & Criminal Justice)
Prior to her position at Northeastern University, Tina Di Blasi worked in the Accounting Bureau at the Office of the State Comptroller as an Accounting System Analyst. Tina also held a position at Boston University as the Assistant Director of the Ne…
Rachel San Giacomo
Marketing & Communications Specialist (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice)
Rachel San Giacomo is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Rachel’s responsibilities include managing the School’s website content, email marketing, social media and general communicati…
The Center on Crime, Race, and Justice is comprised of four labs that represent distinct but interconnected areas of research. A dynamic lab model allows CRJ to be flexible in focus as faculty research areas develop and grow.