Dr. Tony Gaskew

Tony Gaskew
Dr. Tony Gaskew
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Criminal Justice

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-7636
Location: 232D Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. Conflict Analysis, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Institute, Nova Southeastern University
B.L.S. Behavioral Science, Barry University

Short Bio

Dr. Gaskew has an extensive professional and academic career in the field of criminal justice. He has over twenty years of policing experience, including as a member of the United States Department of Justice's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) within the Southern and Middle District of Florida. He joined the faculty at UPB in 2006 and was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure in 2011. In 2018, he was promoted to full professor. He previously served as the director of the criminal justice program and the criminal forensic studies program. He currently serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to the NCAA and as a member of the NCAA Minorities Opportunities and Interests Committee (MOIC). Dr. Gaskew is the founding director of the nationally recognized UPB Prison Education Program, creating ground-breaking post-secondary initiatives at BOP FCI McKean and PDOC SCI Forest.

Academic Focus

Dr. Gaskew is a Faculty Affiliate in Africana Studies, with a research specialty in Critical Race Theory. He teaches a variety of courses, which include Police and Society: Race, Crime, and Justice; The Black Power Movement in the U.S. & Beyond; Introduction to Africana Studies; The Policing Culture: Politics, Community, and Accountability; Special Topics in Policing: Police Abolition; Special Topics in Courts: The United States of America vs. The United States of America; Special Topics in Corrections: Incarcerated Intellectuals; Conflict & Crisis Management; Islam & Social Justice, and the Senior Capstone Seminar. His latest book, Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black Liberation (Rowman & Littlefield) examines the phenomena of police abolition from the perspective of the Black Radical Tradition.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Selected Publications:

Gaskew, T. (forthcoming, 2022). Where Have All The Black Revolutionaries Gone?: Pathological Nonviolence and the Colonization of Steel City. Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies. Temple University Press. 

Gaskew, T. (2021). Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black Liberation. Lanham, MD: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Gaskew, T. (2021). The Ritual of Black Armed Resistance: Police Abolition Through the Eyes of the Black Radical Tradition. In Doug Irvin-Erickson (Ed.).  Wicked Problems: The Ethics of Action for Peace, Rights, and Justice Oxford University Press.

Gaskew, T., & Thompson, S. (2020). The United States of America vs. The United States of America: Dissecting Systems of Oppression and White Supremacy. Dialogues in Social Justice.

Gaskew, T. (2020). Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black Liberation. In Doug Irvin-Erickson & Emily Sample (Eds.). Building an Architecture of Peacebuilding in America. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gaskew, T. (2020). Mindfulness, the Reawakening of Black Dharma, and Mastering the Art of Policing. In Chipamong Chowdhury, G. Saab, Z. Luckay, M. Britton & J. Gerson (Eds.). Collective Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations. Dignity Press.

Gaskew, T. (2018). Transforming the Systemic Humiliation of Crime and Justice: Reawakening Black Consciousness. In Daniel Rothbart (Ed.). Power, Humiliation, and Suffering in America. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gaskew, T. (2017). Do I want be a 30 Percenter or 70 Percenter?: Black Cultural Privilege. In Joni Schwartz & John Chaney (Eds.). Counter-Stories and Counter-Spaces: A Critical Race Analysis of Education's Role in Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens. Lanham, MD: Lexington- Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Gaskew, T. (2017). Unfriending the Policing Culture: The Reawakened Black Consciousness. In Sandra E. Weissinger & Dwayne Mack (Eds.) Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Gaskew, T. (2015). “Developing a Prison Education Pedagogy.” New Directions for Community Colleges.

Gaskew, T. (2014). Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility. Lanham, MD: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield.

Gaskew, T. (2014). The Policing of the Black American Male: Transforming Humiliation into Humility in Pursuit of Truth and Reconciliation. In I. Michelle Scott (Ed.). Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America? Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Stop Trying to Fix Policing