Director, Criminal Justice Program, Coordinator of Criminal Forensic Studies and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
233B Swarts Hall
Degrees and Credentials:
Conflict Analysis/Criminal Justice,
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
Criminal Justice/Behavioral Science,
Criminal Justice Institute, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Gaskew teaches a variety of courses, which include Reentry and the Offender, International and Global Crime, Terrorism in a Post-9/11 World, Islam and Social Justice, Contemporary Issues in Justice, Policy, and Courts, and various courses at the Crime Scene Investigations House/Lab.
Dr. Gaskew has an extensive professional background in the field of criminal justice. He worked as a member of a Counterterrorism/Counterdrug Task Force in Southeast Asia, and later served as a Police-Detective assigned to the Special Operations Unit at MPD, where he was a member of the United States Department of Justice’s, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, conducting wiretap and conspiracy investigations targeting violent criminal organizations within the Middle District of Florida. In 2004, he was awarded the Region IV Florida Narcotic Officer of the Year.
He is a certified police academy instructor, and has more than 2,000 hours of specialized criminal investigations training which includes death and homicide investigations, advanced evidence processing & collection, hostage negotiations, money laundering, advanced DEA, criminal conspiracy, and organized crime investigations.
Dr. Gaskew is actively involved in community outreach, serving as a member of the McKean County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the McKean County Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) McKean, Inmate Reentry Council, and the McKean County Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Team. Dr. Gaskew is a certified instructor and graduate of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Instructor Institute, Temple University, where he teaches a university course and serves as the instructor for the Victim Impact Program at FCI McKean. In 2010, Dr. Gaskew received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) FCI McKean.
Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:
Dr. Gaskew is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism Fellow, a Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Research Team Member, and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow. He also serves as a Research Team Member on the FBI-sponsored Global Hostage-Taking and Analysis Project. He is listed as a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Expert in the fields of terrorism and criminal investigations, and has been interviewed by numerous radio and print media.
Dr. Gaskew is the Board President of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt and Israel examining the Muslim Brotherhood, structural, and political violence.
Dr. Gaskew has authored more than 20 publications and has presented academic papers by invitation at numerous colleges and universities across the country, including Columbia University. He is the author of Policing Muslim American Communities, a book which examines the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the Muslim American communities since the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act.
His articles have appeared in various journals and edited books including Practicing Anthropology, Contemporary Justice Review, Journal for Teaching Sociology, Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence, Encyclopedia of Community Corrections, The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, and The Encyclopedia of Domestic Abuse. His forthcoming book, The Muslim Brotherhood: Reshaping US Foreign Policy in a Post-911 World, will focus on his fieldwork in Egypt and Israel.
Dr. Gaskew holds professional memberships in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, Association for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Justice Studies Association, Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).