Pitt-Bradford has promoted Dr. Tony Gaskew, director of the criminal justice program, to full professor.
His research areas include the relationship between policing and the black experience in the United States, decolonizing and dismantling justice systems, and the intersecting metaphysical nature of creating a black resistance consciousness.
In 2010, he received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, and in 2015, Columbia University presented him its Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Beacon of Dignity Award for his outstanding dedication to equality and human rights.
In 2016, the Obama administration invited Gaskew, along with ten other educators from across the nation, to The White House to spearhead discussions on criminal justice reform and higher education inside prisons.
He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, a Foundation for Defense of Democracies Terrorism Fellow, and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow, who has conducted fieldwork in Africa and Israel.
He has been awarded more than 30 research grants, including a Year of Diversity Grant, and an Innovation in Education Grant, and served as the principal investigator for a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Grant on prison reentry.
He is the author of more than 40 scholarly publications and edits the book series “Critical Perspectives on Race, Crime, and Justice.” His most recent book is “Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility.”
At Pitt-Bradford, Gaskew teaches a variety of courses, which include Police and Society: Race, Crime and Justice; The Policing Culture: Politics, Community and Accountability; Conflict and Crisis Management; Islam and Social Justice; and the senior capstone. In 2012, the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association awarded him its Teaching Excellence Award.