Jennifer DeBarros

Full Time Lecturer

Crime & Justice Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2019UMass DartmouthPhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
2016UMass DartmouthMA in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
2010Bethune-Cookman UniversityBA in Sociology
1996Bristol Community CollegeAS in Secretarial Science

Teaching

  • Black Latinx - Origins, Identity, Place, and Power
  • Youth, Crime, and Justice

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

An examination of policing in the social, historical, and political contexts in which it arises, is contested, and is reproduced.

Examines Crime and Justice Studies as a multidisciplinary field of study that bridges criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Students engage with a variety of histories, policies, procedures, and politics that inform how crime and justice are constructed within U.S. transnational and intersectional contexts. Areas of analysis include state-making, citizenship, social control, criminality, surveillance and security, war, rights and law, revolution, prison writing, nonviolence, collective justice, and abolitionism.

Examines Crime and Justice Studies as a multidisciplinary field of study that bridges criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Students engage with a variety of histories, policies, procedures, and politics that inform how crime and justice are constructed within U.S. transnational and intersectional contexts. Areas of analysis include state-making, citizenship, social control, criminality, surveillance and security, war, rights and law, revolution, prison writing, nonviolence, collective justice, and abolitionism.

Examines Crime and Justice Studies as a multidisciplinary field of study that bridges criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Students engage with a variety of histories, policies, procedures, and politics that inform how crime and justice are constructed within U.S. transnational and intersectional contexts. Areas of analysis include state-making, citizenship, social control, criminality, surveillance and security, war, rights and law, revolution, prison writing, nonviolence, collective justice, and abolitionism.

Examines Crime and Justice Studies as a multidisciplinary field of study that bridges criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Students engage with a variety of histories, policies, procedures, and politics that inform how crime and justice are constructed within U.S. transnational and intersectional contexts. Areas of analysis include state-making, citizenship, social control, criminality, surveillance and security, war, rights and law, revolution, prison writing, nonviolence, collective justice, and abolitionism.

Consideration of the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of youth who confront the law as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is given to the development and behaviors of the child/adolescent population and to the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society.

Exploration of the War on Drugs in terms of the structural, historic, and cultural realities within the criminalization of drug use. The course examines the social construction of drugs, drug use, and addiction. The role of race, nation, gender, and class in shaping public policy, popular culture, law enforcement, and societal reactions guides the examination of each of these topics.

Exploration of the War on Drugs in terms of the structural, historic, and cultural realities within the criminalization of drug use. The course examines the social construction of drugs, drug use, and addiction. The role of race, nation, gender, and class in shaping public policy, popular culture, law enforcement, and societal reactions guides the examination of each of these topics.

An examination of policing in the social, historical, and political contexts in which it arises, is contested, and is reproduced.

Select publications

  • J. DeBarros (2019).
    Remembering Malcolm: The Culture of Memory, Police Shootings, & Public Pedagogy - Dissertation

Jennifer DeBarros is a New Bedford native who is a passion-driven, creative, critical thinker and community educator with over twenty years of experience in diverse leadership roles. After dropping out of high school and obtaining her GED, she enrolled at Bristol Community College and through a co-op opportunity was able to discover her passion at a local non-profit organization. It was at this time when her spark for social justice was ignited as she quickly learned that her own personal struggles were tied to a larger, historical and collective movement for humanity through civil rights advocacy and activism. While fulfilling various roles as a professional and volunteer through non-profit, school-based and community-based social service organizations, she continued her educational pursuits and completed a  bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Bethune-Cookman University finishing Magna Cum Laude. Recognizing the importance of education and having a particular interest in working with young people, she has crafted her life work around creating several engaging and empowering programs, as well as, educational workshops and culturally relevant curricula. She has spoken at several engagements focusing on her own journey through adversity, in addition to, issues surrounding social justice and public health. As a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow at UMass Dartmouth, she completed her dissertation research for a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies which consisted of a historical contextual analysis of a local police shooting that examined the intersections of schooling and cultures of control through the oral histories of community residents. As the Director of Prevention & Intervention Programs at NorthStar Learning Centers she recently designed and developed the HEAL (Health, Education, Action, & Leadership) Center for gun violence prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery program while also investing in her most important contributions to the world, her three amazing children and grandchildren.

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