Welcome Dr. Rod K. Brunson, Thomas P. O’Neill Chair of Public Life

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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is delighted to welcome Dr. Rod K. Brunson as the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair of Public Life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Political Science in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Brunson will also serve as Director of Graduate Mentoring and Diversity Initiatives in CSSH. He brings to this position an outstanding record as researcher, educator and advisor on questions of race and social justice. Currently, Dr. Brunson is Professor and Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is well positioned to work with colleagues in CSSH and across the university to build engagement programs designed to improve our recruitment and retention of talented scholars and students from underrepresented groups.

Dr. Brunson’s areas of expertise center on police-community relations, youth violence, and concentrated neighborhood disadvantage, with a special focus on the experiences of minority youth and the impact of race, class, and gender on criminal justice practices. One of the foremost scholars on these critical areas, he has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 essays and book chapters, and edited one book and two special issues of journals. His articles have appeared in leading journals in the field, including Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, British Journal of Criminology, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology. True to his interdisciplinary research, he has also published articles in leading journals in aligned fields, including Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Annual Review of Sociology, and Urban Affairs Review. Dr. Brunson has obtained more than $1 million dollars of external funding. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as M.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Dr. Brunson has a distinguished record of service and mentorship. He is currently Co-Director of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network, funded by the National Science Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation, and housed at Rutgers. The Network advances research on issues of citizenship and democratic participation at the intersection of race, crime, and justice; and promotes racial/ethnic democratization of the academy by supporting junior scholars of color in advancing their careers. Involvement in the Network has allowed Brunson to play a substantial role in mentoring junior scholars of color—and from other underrepresented groups—fulfilling a commitment that he held well before assuming a leadership role in the field. Numerous scholars mentored in the Network have moved on to successful careers in academia. Brunson’s leadership in the profession has been recognized with Rutgers University’s Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award and the American Society of Criminology’s Coramae Richey Mann Award.

Welcome, Dr. Brunson, to our Northeastern community!

Published On: February 13, 2019 |
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