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Dickenson and Levine Present Research at Conference

Jessica Dickenson, a MACJ student, worked on research with Dr. Ethan Levine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.  Their research draws upon feminist science studies and aims to understand the social processes behind, and social consequences of various perspectives on interpersonal violence.  This summer, Jess took the lead on presenting their work at the American Sociological Association conference.  Dr. Levine said that “Jess did an absolutely fantastic job! She rose to that challenge. Her presentation was clear and engaging. She was thoughtful and professional during the Q&A. The audience seemed very receptive to our analysis of varying conceptualizations of intimate partner violence in research, healthcare, and advocacy. Our next step will be to compose a manuscript for submission to the Journal of Applied Social Science. Jess will serve as second author on that paper.” Jessica and Dr. Levine were able to work together because of the graduate assistantship program.


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Sahin's Body-cam Research Highlighted

Research on police body-worn cameras by Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and his co-authors, was highlighted in an article on  Professor Sahin's research was also featured in a recent issue of Stockton News.  The research paper, "Body-Worn Cameras and Adjudication of Citizen Complaints of Police Misconduct," was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.


McKnight Interviewed for Press of AC articles

William McKnight, Teaching Specialist in Criminal Justice, recently appeared in two articles in the Press of Atlantic City dealing with juvenile justice issues faced by shore towns this summer:

Youth disruptions at shore fueled by pandemic and NJ blocking enforcement

Shore towns seeing rash of rowdy youths, and many blame state's approach



McKnight interviewed for Press of AC article

Instructor of Criminal Justice William McKnight was interviewed for an article in the Press of Atlantic City on a recent mass shooting.  Click Here for the article.


2021 Alan Arcuri Pre-Law Fund awards

Six Stockton students received the awards, named for former Political Science professor and Pre-Law advisor Alan Arcuri.

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Procedural Justice Training

CRIM professors continue procedural justice training with local law enforcement

Faculty members Nusret Sahin, Jess Bonnan-White, and William McKnight recently conducted a training session with Atlantic City Police and the Pleasantville Police Department.

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Dr. Janice Joseph honored for her work with the United Nations

Janice Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, received the Award for Outstanding Service as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations.  Click Here for a list of some of her accomplishments thoughout her years of service as a representative to the U.N.

Stockton News article


Rosen publishes new research

David Rosen, Affiliated Research Faculty, published "What to Expect When the Unexpected Becomes Expected: Harmonic Surprise and Preference Over Time in Popular Music," in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

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Schanz appears on financial crime podcast

Kimberley Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, recently joined the "Let's Talk FinCrime" podcast for an episode celebrating Women's History Month.  Please follow the link below for details and to access the podcast:

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Width-Sysol highlighted by State Police

Sgt. First Class Heather Width-Sysol, Adjunct Faculty in Criminal Justice, was highlighted by the New Jersey State Police in recognition of Women's History Month.  Please click the link below to watch the video:

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Levine publishes new book

Rape by the Numbers: Producing & Contesting Scientific Knowledge about Sexual Violence, by Ethan Levine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, will be available from Rutgers University Press in September 2021.

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MSW students among attendees at march

MSW students Erin Sochocky and Melissa Sandoval were among many who participated in the February 27th march and rally for Black History Month at the Galloway Campus.  Erin and Melissa attended as part of their final project for the Advanced Advocacy and Policy course taught by Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Associate Professor of Social Work.

More information on the event:

The Press of Atlantic City (article and photo gallery)

Stockton News (with link to flickr gallery)

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Stockton Mock Trial Team competes in regional competition, wins awards

From Kimberley Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Mock Trial Team faculty advisor:

"The Mock Trial team competed (virtually) in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Competition for the fifth time since the club's initiation at Stockton. This year, under the coaching of Anne Crater (Investigator, Office for Equal Opportunity and Institutional Compliance) and the leadership of Club President, Annalise Catherine, they argued both the prosecution and defense sides of a civil mock trial case against teams from University of North Alabama, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Illinois, Springfield, and Scripps College. Two team members won Outstanding Attorney awards:  Annalise Catherine ('22, Criminal Justice major) and Patrick Kelleher (’22, Literature major). Twelve competitors were awarded Outstanding Attorney; Annalise was tied for the second rank and Patrick was tied for third. Additionally, the team itself won the “Spirit of AMTA Award”, which recognizes the team that best exemplifies AMTA’s ideals—civility, justice, and fair play. They are voted to this award by their opposing teams  based on their demeanor in competition. Both Anne and I are extremely proud of their performance this past weekend, particularly since, given the longer Winter Break and an earlier competition date, the team had less time than normal to prepare for the competition. The team is looking forward to continuing to compete and improve their standings in the coming years."

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Figart receives top award from economics association

At the American Economic Association Annual Meeting (virtual this year), Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics, received the Veblen-Commons Award from the Association for Evolutionary Economics. Awarded since 1969, the award is named for two key founders of original institutional economics, Thorstein Veblen and John R. Commons. It is given in recognition of the contributions made by an outstanding scholar in the field of evolutionary institutional economics. Deb is the fourth person gendered female to receive the Veblen-Commons recognition.

As part of the award presentation during the conference, Deb presented an address titled “Good Work.” Her address examined public policies that can foster progressive institutional change in response to neoliberalism and the rise of the gig economy. The aim of these institutional changes is to promote “good work,” including in workplaces, homes, and communities. Much of her talk focused on policies to support unpaid caring labor, enhance capabilities, and reinforce social responsibility for provisioning. A longer paper based on Deb’s address will appear in the June 2021 Journal of Economic Issues.




Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics:


Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice is instrumental in the adoption of a policy called procedural justice. Read how the former head of the Turkish National Police emphasizes communication, trust and mutual respect during interactions and Innovative Approaches


William McKnight, Teaching Specialist kicked off the procedural justice training for the Atlantic City Police Department.

Press of AC - ACPD Procedural Justice Training


Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics shares her thoughts on why Atlantic County Employment has been devastated by the pandemic. Read her remarks in the Press of Atlantic City


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences would like to congratulate Professor Emerita, Diane Falk on winning the NASW - NJ Lifetime Achievement Award.

In retirement Dr. Falk continues to set high standards

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Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Associate Professor of Social Work, Jack Lewis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Dawn Konrady, Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI), and Stockton MSW student Melissa Sandoval conducted a workshop on The Legalization of Marijuana and the Implications for Child Welfare, presented virtually at the 66th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 *Use the link to watch the presentation.         


Heather Swenson-Brilla, Sociology adjunct collaborated with students in New Zealand. Students connected to discuss social and cultural constructs. 

A study exchange without travel


Dr. Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice oversees the operational policy called Procedural Justice at Stockton University in collaboration with the AC Police Department.

AC Press - Change in Policing



Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Political Science gives history and clarification on the importance of the electoral college. Read about her front page comments the process that determines the next president and vice president.

Electoral College has big role to play-AC Press


Dr. Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics testified at a committee on finance for the Philadelphia City Council concerning the feasibility and impact of a proposed public bank in the City of Philadelphia. A move that will hopefully be duplicated in New Jersey.



Dr. Sara Martino, Professor of Psychology and the Counseling program receives the NBCC grant to assist with the CACREP accreditation. Stockton University is one of three universities to receive this award.  NBCC is committed to maintaining high standards for education and supports programs obtaining such an important accreditation.

Stockton University is a 2020-21 CACREP Grant Recipient


Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Professor of Political Sciences paves the way for Stockton students to make an impact in our community.

Political Science major and summer research intern, Garrett Bolton found that economic conditions following the lockdown caused by the pandemic has moved Atlantic County's food insecurity into a crisis. Stockton Student Research Shows Impact of Pandemic on Atlantic Co. Food Insecurity



Dr. Diane Falk, retired Professor of Social Work, published an article about the MCWEP program. MCWEP graduates contributed to this study through graduate surveys completed over the years after working in the field and completing this program.

Child welfare supervisors empowered through MSW education: graduates of a statewide title IV-E MSW program for public child welfare supervisors describe their learning 


Dr. Janice Joseph, Professor of Criminal Justice, is the lead editor for an internationally edited book on Victimology. The book of provides an in-depth international perspective and interdisciplinary nature of Victimology. 

An International Perspective on Contemporary Developments in Victimology


Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science was instrumental in bringing the "Rightfully Hers" exhibit to Stockton University.

"Rightfully Hers", a women's suffrage exhibit


Dr. Christine Tartaro and Dr. Josh Duntley, Professors of Criminal Justice takes CSI Camp online.

CSI Camp is online


Dr. Jessica Fleck, Professor of Psychology, expert in neuroscience and neuropsychology conducts a four session course on the brain.

Learn how the brain works

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Dr. Christina Jackson and Dr. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professors in Sociology will participate as panelists for a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of police on university campuses and schools.

What does it mean to Decarcerate Campus?


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics presented at the Cape May Chamber of Commerce remotely on July 17th. His presentation highlighted positive and negative aspects to the local economy and what could be done to assist small and seasonal businesses through the pandemic.

Cape May County Herald - Economic advice for Cape May


Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science announced the names of the recipients of the Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Fund Awards for 2020. The diverse and hard-working recipients is a testament to Dr. Arcuri's legacy. "Alan was always available to help promising students, and we are thrilled to be able to continue that tradition in his memory", Wharton said. 

Six Receive Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Awards


Dr. Dawn Konrady, Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute was instrumental in setting up the summer social work CEU series. Use the link to view courses being offered in July and August. Discounted pricing available for Stockton Affiliates, alumni and field instructors.

Summer SOWK Professional Development Courses

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Dr. Loretta Mooney, and Dr. Kathryn Brzozowski, Assistant Professors of Social Work have put together a sentimental virtual graduation to recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate SOWK students. It is an opportunity to honor the students perseverance to make it to the finish line in the midst of a global pandemic. On behalf of the Dean and SOBL staff CONGRATULATIONS!

SOWK Virtual Graduation   


Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies released a book entitled Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black and the Brown. The book offers a historical and comparative overview of the evolution of racial classifications in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown


Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor is helping to bridge the technological gap between Congress and constituents by hosting online town hall meetings focused on COVID-19. "Congress as an institution remains very much behind the times in its uses of technology" - Abernathy

Connecting congress and constituents


Dr. Zori Kalibatseva, Assistant Professor of Psychology shared a research study on the effects of COVID-19 on student mental health. The COVID-19 student survey distributed by Active Minds shares demographics by the degree being sought.

COVID-19: Student Survey - Active Minds


Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice was awarded the International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRA) Grant for creating change by exploring the role of policing in post conflict community peace.

Jess Bonnan-White - IPRA Foundation


Dr. Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor, Prof. William McKnight, Instructor and Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor, completed their first procedural justice training session for local police officers in March.

Procedural Justice Training


Dr. Lisa Cox, Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, was interviewed for an article on managing loneliness published by the New York Times. Dr. Cox provides useful tips for practicing self-care during low times.

NYT - How to Manage Your Loneliness


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics, wrote a review of South Jersey's economy and estimated impact of COVID-19 pandemic. 

South Jersey Economic Review


Dr. Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics, wrote an interesting article on the dangers of expanding state powers:

Coronavirus versus democracy: 5 countries where emergency powers risk abuse

Dr. Vijaya also studied transport inequality in the U.S. and long term survival of large metro systems without sustained financial support:

Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink and low income riders will pay the price


Dr. Christine Gayda-Chelder, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and the Stockton Gerontology Program reach out to Older Adults. 

Stockton Gerontology Program fills mailbox with birthday wishes


Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, receives recognition for her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Red Cross, Armed Services and community.


New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, spoke on March 3rd about the challenges and rewards of being a law enforcement officer; Visionary Leadership on Policing Issues. Col. Callahan's lecture included the five C's that guide his work ethics: Communication, Candor, Character, Constancy and Caring. Use the link to read further about "Humanizing the Badge".


Dr. Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has written four articles on the political climate in India, Delhi violence, Modi-Trump dependency and supremacy in India.


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics speaks to the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce - Job growth, housing prices and the rising minimum wage. Cooke delivers economic outlook to chamber


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology speaks about Islamophobia in U.S. foreign policy.

Islamophobia Permeates Foreign Policy


Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-Author of Black in America held a book talk on being Black in America and the quintessential paradox.

Black in America - Event Flyer


Dr. James Avery, Associate Professor of Political Science conducted research on the immigration policies of Republicans and Democrats: Republican legislators with more Latinos in their districts are more likely to vote to restrict immigration

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Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line with Enobong Hannah Branch.  

This book provides a sociology of the Black American experience. To be Black in America is to exist amongst myriad contradictions: racial progress and regression, abject poverty amidst profound wealth, discriminatory policing yet equal protection under the law. This book explores these contradictions in the context of residential segregation, labor market experiences, and the criminal justice system, among other topics, highlighting the historical processes and contemporary social arrangements that simultaneously reinforce race and racism, necessitating resistance in post-civil rights America.

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Arleen Caballero Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, was the Faculty recipient of the MLK Day of Service Community Engagement Award


Dr. Kaite Yang, Assistant Professor of Psychology submitted - Girls and Women in STEM: A Review of Interventions and Lifespan Developmental Considerations for Increasing Girls' and Women's Participation in STEM

This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs “Who Run the World? Girls (& Women) in STEM” Diplomacy Lab project.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Claire Abernathy and her "President and Congress" students met with U.S. Rep Frank LoBiondo to prepare the LoBiondo exhibit at Stockton University.

Grad Symposium Fac and Students 2019

Stockton hosted its semi-annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

Several graduate students in the MA in Criminal Justice program and two students in the Master's in Social Work program presented faculty-led research projects from this semester.  Rosheka Faulkner won best poster for her project "Sexual Victimization among College Students - Psychological and Institutional Barriers to Reporting: Mixed-Methods Study" with Dr. Manish Madan.  Photos here.


Dr. Deborah Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics, discusses the income disparities by generation in the Press of Atlantic City article, "Thrift stores continue to thrive amid chain store closings."


Dr. Kaite Yang, Assistant Professor of Psychology provided academic consultation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions


Gina Maguire, professional services specialist at Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and adjunct professor of Gerontology, presented “Creative Engagement in Dementia Care: Positive & Strength-Based Approaches” alongside Jodie Berman on Nov. 7 at the 10th annual Expressive Therapies Summit at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Maguire’s session was a six-hour master class and highlighted TimeSlips, a creative means of engaging older adults with dementia in a meaningful storytelling activity. Earlier this semester, SCOSA was announced as a partner in the TimeSlips NextGen project.  


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology offers insight in to American ideology. 


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology speaks to Sacramento State students about Islamophobia.


From Huffington Post:

For Free Public Transport For Women To Work, It Also Must Be Safe

Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Professor Arleen Gonzalez presents her research on Title IX of the Bankruptcy Code and Colonialism at the 2019 BAASANA International Conference at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Arleen Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice




Dr. David Burdick received the 2019 Clark Tibbitts Award from the Gerontological Society of America

Burdick Serves as the Director of Stockton’s Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and recently spearheaded the University’s efforts to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network.  The press release can be found here


Dr. John White was interviewed for the podcast Real Crime Profile episodes 199 and 200 for his work on the show Mindhunter


Dr. Claire Abernathy shares Stockton’s report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) that presents voting data among Stockton students in 2018.This report provides information about Stockton students’ registration and turnout rates in both the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections.You can view the full report here, which shows both voter registration and turnout increasing substantially among Stockton students in 2018. 


Dr. Nazia Kazi's book Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics was featured in the New Book Network


Dr. Michael Rodriguez presented the Meaning of Internships at the Global Internship Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2019.


SFT Adjunct member, Heather Width-Sysol received the 2019 Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Association of Police Chiefs.

She ranked first in her Command and Leadership Academy. The award was presented by her Lead Instructor, Bill McKnight, SOBL Criminal Justice Visiting Instructor and SFT member.


Dr. Theodore Alter is featured in the National Association of Social Workers-NJ Membership Video (minute 1:55) presenting at the NASW-NJ Conference in April, 2019.