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Dr. Tony Gaskew

Tony Gaskew
Dr. Tony Gaskew
Director of Criminal Justice Program
Professor of Criminal Justice

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
tog6@pitt.edu
814-362-7636
233B 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 background 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) conducting wiretap and conspiracy investigations within the Middle District of Florida. In 2001, he was awarded the Region IV Florida Narcotic Officer of the Year. 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.  Aside from serving as the program director of criminal justice, he also serves as the founding director of the nationally recognized UPB Prison Education Program, where he has created ground-breaking post-secondary education initiatives at BOP FCI McKean since 2007.

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 the Senior Capstone Seminar. In 2012, he was awarded the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Selected Publications:

Gaskew, T. (forthcoming, 2020). Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black Liberation. Critical Perspective on Race, Crime, and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield Books

Gaskew, T., & Thompson, S. (forthcoming, 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. (forthcoming, 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. (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. (2018). 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.

Weissinger, S., & Mack, D. (Eds.). (2018). Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Critical Perspective on Race, Crime, and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield.

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.) (2017). Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Schwartz, J., & Chaney, J. (Eds.) (2017). Counter-Stories and Counter-Spaces: A Critical Race Analysis of Education's Role in Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens. Critical Perspective on Race, Crime, and Justice. Lanham, MD: 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.