Dr. Gaskew teaches a variety of courses, which include Reentry and the Offender, Law and Social Control, Islam and Social Justice, Contemporary Issues in Justice, Policy, and Courts, and various courses at the Criminal Justice Training Facilities (Crime Scene Investigations House & Criminal Forensics 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 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 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. He has been actively involved in 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.
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 serves 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 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 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.
Dr. Gaskew is the Principal Investigator (PI) and was recently 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. In his most recent book, Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility (Lexington - Rowman & Littlefield) he introduces the Humiliation to Humility Perspective (HHP) and examines the criminal justice systems role in providing adequate post-secondary prison education opportunities to incarcerated black males.