Janice A. Iwama is a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She was recently awarded the 2014 American Society of Criminology Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities to support her dissertation research, which examines the community conditions and social processes that impact hate crimes, particularly against immigrants and Hispanics. Her work applies a theoretical framework to improving our understanding on hate crimes within a community context given our increasingly diverse population in the United States. Her research interests involve the impact of communities on crime, disproportionate minority contact, prevalence of hate crimes, racial and ethnic issues, and the victimization of immigrants.
Janice recently worked on a National Institute of Justice-funded study with the Institute of Race and Justice examining national trends in hate crimes against immigrants and Hispanic-Americans. Currently, she is leading a study examining racial profiling at traffic stops for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation with Dr. Jack McDevitt at the Institute on Race and Justice. She has previously worked on other research funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with the Justice Research and Statistics Association examining disproportionate minority contact, evaluating a statewide at-risk youth mentoring program, and assessing the use of state criminal history records for analysis.
Janice is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, the Law and Society Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is thrilled to announce that Janice was recently feature in “The Criminologist” for her work on analyzing hate crimes, particularly those against immigrants and Hispanics. Read the full article here.
Janice has also won the Outstanding Student award from the Division on People of Color and Crime. The award is given to students who show excellence in their research on race, crime, and justice. More information can be found on the DCPP’s website: http://www.asc41.com/dpcc/dpccawards.html.