Leadership and Staff

IRJ Staff

Jack McDevitt



Jack McDevitt is the director of Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice. He is also the associate dean for research in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. McDevitt is the co-author of three books: Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed, Hate Crime Revisited: American War on Those Who Are Different (both with Jack Levin) and Victimology (with Judy Sgarzy). He has spoken on hate crime, racial profiling human trafficking and security both nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness before the Judiciary Committees of both U.S. Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives and as invited expert at the White House. In January 2013, McDevitt was appointed by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo to lead a special commission on gun violence.

Lisa Laguerre

Associate Director of Community Relations


Lisa Laguerre is the Associate Director of Community Relations for the Institute on Race and Justice (IRJ) at Northeastern University. She received her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Clinical Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and is currently working on completing her LMHC and PhD. Lisa has been with IRJ since 2002 and has been instrumental in bridging the voice, participation and expertise of community practitioners into IRJ’s research initiatives and projects. Toward this end, Lisa has developed and directs the activity of the Institute’s Community Advisory Board. IRJ’s Community Advisory Board consists of ten prestigious local community practitioners who have expertise in various areas of community practice, including criminal justice, education, workforce development, advocacy and youth development. Under her leadership, the Community Advisory Board has been in existence for fifteen years and has worked with IRJ on several research projects and initiatives including, the Massachusetts Statewide Racial and Gender Profiling Study; producing and delivering a Train the Trainer Curriculum on Biased Based Policing and Policing in a Diverse Society for the Massachusetts Municipal Police Institute; and the Boston Citizen Oversight report which was submitted to the City of Boston, offering recommendations to improve citizen involvement in the Boston Police complaint process. Lisa represents IRJ in several community initiatives and assists with the overall management and strategic planning of the Institute. Her areas of expertise are community engagement, board development, strategic planning, race and social justice, criminal justice, community counseling and behavioral health. In addition, Lisa serves as a member of Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board and is a Mental Health Clinician at Children’s Services of Roxbury, where she provides behavioral health services for children and families.

University Leadership

David Luzzi

Senior Vice Provost for Research

Anthony Braga

Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Uta Poiger

Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

James Hackney

Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law