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: 814-362-7636
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 Police and Society: Race, Crime, and Justice; The Policing Culture: Politics, Community, and Accountability; Conflict & Crisis Management; Islam & Social Justice, and various courses at the Criminal Justice Training Facilities. In 2012, he was awarded the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award

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) 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.


He serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR). He also serves as the campus UPBC Representative at Pitt-Oakland. He is the former Chair of the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity and the former Board President of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS).


He is actively involved in community outreach, serving as the Founding Director of the nationally recognized  UPB Prison Education Program, where he has been actively involved in creating ground-breaking post-secondary education initiatives at BOP FCI McKean since 2007. In 2015, he was awarded the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (DHS) Beacon of Dignity Award at Columbia University for his outstanding dedication to equality, human rights, and service to the community. 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 Community Relations Council. 

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

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. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism Fellow, a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow, and a FAR Fellow. He serves on the Fulbright Hays Specialist Program, Peace and Conflict Resolutions Peer Review Committee. He also serves as a Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Research Team Member and formerly served as a Research Team Member on the FBI-sponsored Global Hostage-Taking and Analysis Project. He 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.


He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of an IRB research project entitled “Shoot or Don't Shoot: Using Body Cameras to Evaluate Criminal Justice Student Responses to Use of Force Scenarios.” In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to conduct research on prisoner reentry in McKean County, Pennsylvania.


He has authored numerous scholarly publications and is currently the Editor for a book series: Contemporary Issues in Race, Crime, and Justice (Rowman & Littlefield). In his most recent book,  Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility (Lexington - Rowman & Littlefield) Dr. Gaskew uses an autoethnographic lens to examine post-secondary pedagogical strategies designed to engage incarcerated Black students. You can also check out his website and blog at


Rethinking Prison Reentry