Gaskew, Tony

Gaskew Tony

Dr. Tony Gaskew
Director, Criminal Justice Program and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
233B Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Conflict Analysis/Criminal Justice, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Criminal Justice/Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice Institute, Nova Southeastern University
B.L.S. Behavioral Science, Barry University
Academic Focus:
Dr. Gaskew teaches a variety of courses, which include The Policing Culture: Politics, Community, and Accountability, Conflict and Crisis Management, Reentry and the Offender, Islam and Social Justice,  and various courses at the Criminal Justice Training Facilities (Crime Scene Investigations House & Criminal Forensics Lab)

Short Bio:

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 2001, 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 the Founding Director of the UPB Prison Education Program, where he has been actively involved in creating post-secondary prison education initiatives at FCI McKean since 2007. In 2010, Dr. Gaskew received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) FCI McKean. He also serves as a member of the McKean County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the McKean County Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) McKean Inmate Reentry Council.


Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Dr. Gaskew is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism Fellow, and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow. He also served as a Research Team Member on the FBI-sponsored Global Hostage-Taking and Analysis Project and is a Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Research Team Member. He is the past Board President of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt and Israel examining structural and political violence. He is listed as a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Expert in the field of criminal justice, and has been interviewed by numerous radio and print media. In 2016, Dr. Gaskew was invited to the White House along with ten other educators from across the nation, to spearhead discussions on criminal justice reform and higher education inside prisons.

Dr. Gaskew was the Principal Investigator (PI) and in 2012 was awarded a state grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) in order to research prisoner reentry in McKean County, Pennsylvania. In 2012, he was awarded the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Gaskew has authored numerous scholarly publications, and is currently an Editor for a book series Contemporary Issues in Race, Crime, and Justice. In his most recent book,  Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility (Lexington - Rowman & Littlefield) Dr. Gaskew introduces the Humiliation to Humility Pedagogy (HHP) and examines the criminal justice systems role in providing adequate post-secondary prison education opportunities to incarcerated black males.

Rethinking Prison Reentry