Anne S. Douds is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University and her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Emory University School of Law. She completed her doctoral work for a Ph.D. of philosophy in justice, law and crime policy at George Mason University.
Having litigated for 18 years and served as a probate court judge, her primary research interests focus on integrating empirical research into judicial practices and ensuring adequate health care within justice systems.
During her years as a practicing attorney, she authored numerous amicus curia and appellate briefs in the highest courts of Georgia, South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves as legal adviser to the Justice Working Group on the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and collaborates with the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Shaun L. Gabbidon
Shaun Gabbidon is a professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg. Prior to this appointment, he served as an adjunct assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Baltimore and assistant professor of criminal justice at Coppin State College.
Dr. Gabbidon attained a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore. He has served as a fellow at Harvard University's W. E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research.
In 2010 Dr. Gabbidon was named a distinguished professor by Penn State. The title of distinguished professor recognizes a select group of professors who have achieved exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. He has also received the Coramae R. Mann Award, from the American Society of Criminology's division on People of Color and Crime for his contributions to the study of race, crime, and justice.
Daniel Howard is a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware and an instructor for the World Campus bachelor's in criminal justice program. He has taught courses at the University of Delaware, Temple University (Pennsylvania), and Corinthian Colleges and his interests are in research on drug courts.
Don Hummer is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg. He received a doctorate in social science-criminal justice from Michigan State University and a master's degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg University.
Dr. Hummer served as a co-consultant for a project to assess the current needs and technology uses for the Lawrence Police Department in Massachusetts. In 2001, Dr. Hummer also advised the Lowell Police Department's juvenile crime analysis unit (Massachusetts) in creating a database of criminal offenders and in interpreting the results using computer-based analysis software.
Dr. Hummer is a co-editor of The Handbook of Police Administration.
Philip R. Kavanaugh
Philip R. Kavanaugh is an assistant professor of criminal justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Kavanaugh earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Delaware with substantive emphases in crime, law, and deviance. Prior to joining the School of Public Affairs he was an assistant professor at Shepherd University teaching courses in both sociology and criminal justice.
Dr. Kavanaugh is a former graduate research fellow at the National Institute of Justice, where his dissertation examined how contextual, situational, and dispositional factors coalesce to shape physical and sexual assault outcomes among young adults with active night lives. Related publications have appeared in Feminist Criminology, Adicciones, Deviant Behavior, and The Sociological Quarterly. He maintains interests in interpersonal crime and victimization, alcohol and drug use, social threat and social control, theory, and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Jonathan Lee holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's and doctorate in criminal justice. He specializes in quantitative data analysis for criminology and police decision-making research.
Dr. Lee was the winner of graduate paper competitions with the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators and Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Criminal Justice at Penn State, and Rolando V. del Carmen Criminal Justice Scholarship at Sam Houston State University, among others. Prior to entering academe, he retired from the Army (1st Ltn.), and worked as a business negotiator.
James M. Ruiz
James M. Ruiz received a doctorate in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and a master's degree in criminal justice from Northeast Louisiana University.
He currently serves as an associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg. Prior to this appointment, he served as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Westfield State College, a teaching fellow at Sam Houston State University, and an assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Southwestern Louisiana.
From 1968 to 1985 Dr. Ruiz served as a police officer with the New Orleans Police Department, rising to the rank of platoon commander in New Orleans' Second District. He was also a platoon commander in the emergency medical services division from which he retired.
Dr. Ruiz's recognitions include the 2010 Regional Fellow Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2010 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, past president of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators, and the James A. Jordan Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence from Penn State Harrisburg in 2004. He currently serves as a research and data analysis consultant to the Mifflin County Police/Partnership Program.
He is the author of The Black Hood of the Ku Klux Klan and a co-editor of The Handbook of Police Administration. Dr. Ruiz is also on the editorial board of Criminal Justice and Law Review.