Dr. Tony Gaskew
Coordinator of Criminal Forensic Studies
and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Ph. D. Conflict Analysis/Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Criminal Justice/Behavioral Science, Nova Southeastern University
B.L.S. Behavioral Science, Barry University
Dr. Tony Gaskew teaches Introduction to Forensic Science, Terrorism in a post-9/11 World, Islam from a Criminal Justice Perspective, Law and Social Control Theory, Police and Society, Psychology and Crime, Criminal Evidence and Investigations, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement, and Law Enforcement Operations.
Tony has an extensive background in the field of criminal justice, which includes 18 years of professional law enforcement experience. He served in the United States military for several years, which includes being assigned to the United States Secret Service conducting explosive sweeps for former President George H.W. Bush. He also worked as a member of the Southeast Asia Counterterrorism/Counterdrug Task Force in the Republic of the Philippines. He later served as a Detective in a Special Operations Unit, where he was assigned to an 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. Tony is a certified police academy instructor, and has more than 2,000 hours of specialized criminal investigations training which includes hostage negotiations, money laundering, advanced DEA, criminal conspiracy, and organized crime investigations.
Tony is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow. As an ethnographer, he has conducted fieldwork in several locations throughout the Middle East, including Egypt and Israel, examining issues of terrorism, social identity, and structural violence. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “Confronting Political Islam: An Ethnographic Representation of Muslim Americans in the Aftermath of 9/11.” He is a published author, and has conducted numerous conference presentations. He holds professional memberships in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, Association for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Justice Studies Association, Pennsylvania Council on International Education, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
What is your most rewarding aspect of teaching at Pitt-Bradford?
The close interaction with the students and the other faculty members.
What do students like best about your classes?
I can relate my practical experiences as a former law enforcement agent to the theoretical concepts examined in their textbooks.
Why did you come to teach at Pitt-Bradford?
I came to work here due to the small, friendly atmosphere and the tremendous academic resources available at the University of Pittsburgh.
Why should a student choose to attend Pitt-Bradford?
A student should attend Pitt-Bradford because they will get one of the best degrees in the country and be able to communicate one on one with their professors.