Crime and Justice Studies - Faculty Profiles
Susan T. Krumholz received her J.D. from Seattle University and her Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University. She is presently Chair of the Crime and Justice Studies major and Vice President of the Faculty Federation.
Professor Krumholz’ research and publication interests include intimate violence, alternatives to the criminal/legal system, and women as students and practitioners of the law. Her recent publications include an article on Therapeutic Jurisprudence and a chapter on Specialized Courts. She is presently co-authoring a series of textbooks in Crime, Law and Justice Studies, Learning Through Cases.
Professor Krumholz is most passionate about the classes she teaches at the Bristol County House of Corrections as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. These classes bring together students at UMD with incarcerated students for semester-long study. For this work she received the 2008 UMass President’s Public Service Award. Classes she teaches (in and out of jail) include Law and Society, Crime, Justice and Policy, Men and Masculinities, Peace Studies, and Women and Social Policy.
Tammi Arford received her PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University. Her broad areas of scholarly interest are deviance and social control; critical criminology; penology; alternatives to incarceration; knowledge, power and resistance; gender; and social/criminological theory. Her most recent research focuses on the processes and practices of censorship in state prison libraries. This research elucidates the relationships between organizational goals, penal philosophies, and prisoners’ access to reading materials. The research also examines the purposes and functions of the prison library, the role of the prison librarian, and the various ways that librarians support and/or resist censorship.
She is also a co-investigator on a three-year multidisciplinary study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The project, “The Meaning and Impact of Limited Literacy in the Lives of People with Serious Mental Illness,” explores the ways in which limited literacy affects access to and success within the mental health system. She is interested in pursuing further research about a variety of mechanisms of control employed by the ‘criminal justice’/punishment system both inside and outside the prison, as well research about the role of reading and literacy in the lives of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Heather Donovan’s background includes both a career as the Senior Director of the South East Area for a large psychosocial rehabilitation agency and as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for victims of violence, psychiatrically disabled offenders and substance abuse populations. As a community college instructor, Heather developed and presented specialized trainings to support both faculty and students in issues of school safety, protection against new information crimes, and family violence. She has taught introductory level courses in Crime and Justice Studies, Sociology and Psychology and a variety of upper level courses such as Domestic Violence, Victimology, Criminological theory, Justice and Society, Educational Psychology, Media and Social Perspectives and Juvenile Justice.
Ms. Donovan’s interests include societal and justice system responses to victims, family violence policy and policing, abuse and deception in law enforcement, juvenile justice and psychologically disabled offender populations. She is active in publication reviews and in the development of student and instructional resource material to support current textbooks.
Dr. Saleh-Hanna is a criminologist turned abolitionist. Coptic and Palestinian in origin, Canadian in citizenship and PanAfricanist in her heart, she is an activist-scholar. Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in Nigeria and worked with prisoners along the West African coastline. Her book, Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (2008) is the first to include first-hand accounts by prisoners in West Africa and the first to provide an in-depth analysis of life inside West African prisons.
She has researched and teaches about Black musicianship’s contributions to the 500-year-old struggle against white supremacy, enslavement, apartheid and imprisonment. Tracing the European trans-Atlantic slave route through lyrics,Dr. Saleh-Hanna highlights the ideological contributions to this struggle made in Afrobeat, Reggae and Hip Hop – most notably, Fela Kuti, Peter Tosh and the Welfare Poets. Her guiding framework centralizes anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-patriarchal understandings of society, dominant authoritative institutions, their theoretical dispositions and manifestations of policy, a.k.a. structural violence. To strengthen her understandings, she has begun to incorporate Black sociological interpretations of hauntology and historic memory into her work. Dr. Saleh-Hanna serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons and the African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies.
Beenash Jafri is Assistant Professor of Crime & Justice Studies. She received her PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies from York University. Her areas of interest include comparative race and ethnic studies, Native American/Indigenous studies, film and cultural studies, and queer and feminist studies. In her most recent project, Dr. Jafri develops an intersectional method for film analysis that tracks the persistence of settler colonial discourses within diasporic western films vis-a-vis their representations of gender and sexuality. The research illuminates the fraught relationship between racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples and settler colonialism.
Dr. Jafri's teaching and research are informed by her experience working with national and community-based organizations on issues such as anti-racism, youth engagement, environmental justice, alternative libraries, and domestic violence. Her research and writing can be found in journals such as American Indian Culture & Research and Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, and in edited collections such as Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relationships and Speaking for Ourselves: Constructions of Environmental Justice in Canada.
Eric Larson is Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies. Eric’s research concerns how local struggles for justice become global, and vice versa. By considering social movement histories in the U.S. and its immediate colonial orbit – in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and on indigenous land – he examines how racial, national, class, and gender oppressions shape forms of belonging. He is particularly interested in post-1968 histories of globalization, and how movements have embraced and challenged ideas of democracy, multiculturalism, representation, and rights. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University.
Dr. Roderick received his BA degree in Psychology with Honors from UMass Boston, a MA in Developmental Psychology from RI College, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Pacific University. Professor Roderick is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has also taught at the University of Rhode Island, RI College, Curry College, and Endicott College. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Roderick worked for over 20 years in the mental health and addictions fields. His specialties include forensic psychological evaluations, sexual assault victimization, dual diagnosis, and PTSD in sexual assault victims. His research interests include college sexual assault victimization, evolutionary psychology theories of violent and aggressive behavior, and the relationship between early sexual assault history and later eating disorder onset.
Dr. Roderick’s teaching interests center on psychologically oriented CJS classes and he is especially noted for his courses on: Victimization, Psychology, Crime, and Law, and The Psychology of Criminal Behavior. Dr. Roderick has long been active in University service as an academic advisor, Hearing Officer on the Student Conduct Disciplinary Board, member University’s Alcohol Committee, member University’s Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention and Education, and Faculty Advisor to the University’s Cape Verdean Students Association.
Dr. Turcotte is committed to anti-oppressive transnational feminist approaches to decolonizing academia, the interstate system, and daily exchange. She received her Ph.D. in Politics (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Currently, she is an assistant professor in Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an associate editor at The Feminist Wire. Professor Turcotte’s interdisciplinary research and teaching is located in the historical intersections of Africana and American studies, critical legal and justice studies, feminist studies, and critical geopolitics. Her work focuses on anti-white supremacy, the transnational criminalization of gender, the politics of violence, and collective frameworks for justice and abolition.
She has published in Alternatives: Global Local Political, Feminist Theory, and International Studies Review and is currently working on her manuscript Petro-Sexual Politics: US Legal Expansions, Geographies of Violence and the Critique of Justice (under contract with University of Georgia Press). More on Heather M. Turcotte’s work can be found on academia.edu.
Dr. Woods is an assistant professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he is affiliated with the African and African American and Women and Gender Studies programs. His courses deal with historical, cultural, and political structures of racial and sexual violence, state power, and social justice. Previously he has taught at Sonoma State University and Long Beach State University in California. He has also taught inmates at San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area, and over the years has worked with community-based organizations in Oakland, Seattle, and New York City on police accountability, supportive housing for drug users, youth peer education, and HIV/AIDS prevention. In addition to publishing articles across the humanities, social sciences, and law, Dr. Woods is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume to be published from Africa World Press entitled Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness: Africana Studies in the Twenty-First Century. He also has two additional book projects underway: Post-Racial is the New Antiblack: Punishment and Disavowal in US Race and Sex Politics; and, Death, Debt, and Development’s Diasporas: Rethinking Racial Globalization Through Chiapas and the Niger River Delta.