Khalilah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. Her research interests include the political dynamics surrounding the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to voting rights policies.
Before coming to Quinnipiac, Brown-Dean was the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University. Her political commentary and analysis has been featured in a number of outlets including The New York Times, the American Urban Radio Network and WNPR’s “Where We Live” blog. Brown-Dean’s most recent book, Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race Punishment ad Governance explores how humans’ relationship to punishment impairs both the strength and function of American governance.
Associate Professor of political science, Quinnipiac University
Location: Hamden, Connecticut
Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, voting rights, political dynamics, mass incarceration, public policy
Rose Elizondo is a restorative justice expert and advocate for peaceful prison reform. Her work focuses on indigenous peacemaking, community building and finding healing alternatives to the criminal justice system.
Elizondo has worked as a restorative justice organizer in the Northern California region for nearly 15 years. In 2005 she co-founded the San Quentin Prison Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable, which is now one of the largest grassroots prison restorative justice initiatives in the United States. As a 2017 Soros Fellow, she plans to continue to work with Navajo community leaders in creating alternatives to the justice system in through the use of cultural traditions and practices.
2017 Soros Justice Fellow and Prison Reform Advocate
Areas of Expertise: Restorative Justice, Indigenous Peacemaking, Racial Equity and its intersections of Mass Incarceration, Restorative Economics and Food Justice.
Location: Crownpoint, NM and San Francisco, CA
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Adolphus Belk Jr. is a professor of political science at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Belk has taught courses on American government, black politics, public policy, and race and ethnic politics in the United States.
Belk Jr.’s research has concentrated on the politics of crime and punishment, and white nationalism in American politics. His research focuses on the prison-industrial complex and the politics of mass incarceration. His work has been published in several journals, including The Journal of Race and Policy, where he also served as a guest editor in a special issue that examined how the 2008 presidential election affected race, racism, and policy in the U.S.
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Areas of Expertise:American Government, Race & Ethnic Politics in the U.S., the Politics of Mass Incarceration, Public Policy
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an expert on criminal justice, mass incarceration, police brutality, criminal defense racism and criminal courts. Van Cleve focuses her research on the cultural impact of mass incarceration and the racial injustice within criminal courts. Her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court “reveals the paradoxes and pain of our modern legal culture, including the effects on the punished and punishers” according to Henry Louis Gates. She has provided legal commentary on several news networks including MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, discussing cultural problems with Chicago police, seen here.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University
Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality, Criminal Defense Racism, Criminal Courts and Criminal Court Reform
Inimai Chettiar is the director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Justice Program, where she works to create an effective, rational and fair legal system. The program proposes and works to enact data-driven policy and legal reforms aimed at two main goals: ending mass incarceration and closing the justice gap for low-income Americans.