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Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Political Science gives history and clarification on the importance of the electoral college. Read about her front page comments the process that determines the next president and vice president.

Electoral College has big role to play-AC Press


Dr. Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics testified at a committee on finance for the Philadelphia City Council concerning teh feasibility and impact of a proposed public bank in the City of Philadelphia. A move that will hopefully be duplicated in New Jersey.



Dr. Sara Martino, Professor of Psychology and the Counseling program receives the NBCC grant to assist with the CACREP accreditation. Stockton University is one of three universities to receive this award.  NBCC is committed to maintaining high standards for education and supports programs obtaining such an important accreditation.

Stockton University is a 2020-21 CACREP Grant Recipient


Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Professor of Political Sciences paves the way for Stockton students to make an impact in our community.

Political Science major and summer research intern, Garrett Bolton found that economic conditions following the lockdown caused by the pandemic has moved Atlantic County's food insecurity into a crisis. Stockton Student Research Shows Impact of Pandemic on Atlantic Co. Food Insecurity


Dr. Diane Falk, retired Professor of Social Work, published an article about the MCWEP program. MCWEP graduates contributed to this study through graduate surveys completed over the years after working in the field and completing this program.
Child welfare supervisors empowered through MSW education: graduates of a statewide title IV-E MSW progrma for public child welfare supervisors describe their learning 
Dr. Janice Joseph, Professor of Criminal Justice, is the lead editor for an internationally edited book on Victimology. The book of provides an indepth international perspective and interdisciplinary nature of Victimology. 

An International Perspective on Contemporary Developments in Victimology

Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science was instrumental in bringing the "Rightfully Hers" exhibit to Stockton University.
"Rightfully Hers", a women's suffrage exhibit
Dr. Christine Tartaro and Dr. JoshDuntley, Professors of Criminal Justice takes CSI Camp online.

CSI Camp is online

Dr. Jessica Fleck, Professor of Psychology, expert in neuroscience and neuropsychology conducts a four session course on the brain.

Learn how the brain works

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Dr. Christina Jackson and Dr. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professors in Sociology will participate as panelists for a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of police on university campuses and schools.

What does it mean to Decarcerate Campus?

Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics presented at the Cape May Chamber of Commerce remotely on July 17th. His presentation highlighted positive and negative aspects to the local economy and what could be done to assist small and seasonal businesses through the pandemic.

Cape May County Herald - Economic advice for Cape May

Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science announced the names of the recipients of the Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Fund Awards for 2020. The diverse and hard-working recipients is a testiment to Dr. Arcuri's legacy. "Alan was always available to help promising students, and we are thrilled to be able to continue that tradition in his memory", Wharton said. 
Six Receive Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Awards
Dr. Dawn Konrady, Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute was instrumental in setting up the summer social work CEU series. Use the link to view courses being offered in July and August. Discounted pricing available for Stockton Affiliates, alumni and field instructors.
Summer SOWK Professional Development Courses
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Dr. Loretta Mooney, and Dr. Kathryn Brzozowski, Assistant Professors of SOWK have put together a sentimental virtual graduation to recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate SOWK students. It is an opportunity to honor the students perserverance to make it to the finish line in the midst of a global pandemic. On behalf of the Dean and SOBL staff CONGRATULATIONS!
SOWK Virtual Graduation   
Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Associate Professor and Distinguished Professor Patricia Reid-Merritt released a book entitled Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black and the Brown. The book offers a historical and comparative overview of the evolution of racial classificarions in the United States, Latin America, and the Carribbean.

Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown

Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor is helping to bridge the technological gap between Congress and constituents by hosting online town hall meetings focused on COVID-19. "Congress as an institution remains very much behind the times in its uses of technology" - Abernathy

Connecting congress and constituents

Dr. Zori Kalibatseva, Assistant Professor shared a research study on the effects of COVID-19 on student mental health. The COVID-19 student survey distributed by Active Minds shares demographics by the degree being sought.

COVID-19: Student Survey - Active Minds

Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor was awarded the International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRA) Grant for creating change by exploring the role of policing in post conflict community peace.

Jess Bonnan-White - IPRA Foundation

Dr. Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor, Prof. William McKnight, Instructor and Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor, completed their first procedural justice training session for local police officers in March.

Procedural Justice Training

Dr. Lisa Cox, Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, was interviewed for an article on managing loneliness published by the New York Times. Dr. Cox provides useful tips for practicing self-care during low times.
NYT - How to Manage Your Loneliness
Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics, wrote a review of South Jersey's economy and estimated impact of COVID-19 pandemic. 

South Jersey Econcomic Review

Dr. Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics, wrote an interesting article on the dangers of expanding state powers and risk abuse in 5 countries.

Coronavirus versus democracy: 5 countries where emergency powers risk abuse


Dr. Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics, is currently studying transport inequality in the U.S. and long term survival of large metro systems without sustained financial support.

Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink and low income riders will pay the price

Dr. Christine Gayda, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and the Stockton Gerontology Program reach out to Older Adults. 

Stockton Gerontology Program fills mailbox with birthday wishes

Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, receives recognition for her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Red Cross, Armed Services and community.

Dr. Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, have written 4 articles on the political climate in India, Delhi violence, Modi-Trump dependency nd supremacy in India.

Modi 1.0 to 2.0: From Godhra to DelhiWhat Indians Abroad Want to Say to Mohi-Shah Delhi Violence

How Saffron Supremacits are using religion to polarise India

Narendra Modi and President Trump need each other

New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, spoke on March 3rd about the challenges and rewards of being a law enforcement officer; Visionary Leadership on Policing Issues. Col. Callahan's lecture included the five C's that guide his work ethics: Communication, Candor, Character, Constancy and Caring. Use the link to read further about "Humanizing the Badge".
Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Political Science is scheduled to have his new book entitled Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black and the Brown is set to publish in April. Get your copy and read the about the paradigm shift in racial thinking and ethnic/cultural identity.                                                Race and Identity in Hispanic America


Dr. Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice wrote an article on mirror images of President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and President Trump

Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics speaks to the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce - Job growth, housing prices and the rising minimum wage. Cooke delivers economic outlook to chamber
Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology speaks about Islamophobia in U.S. foriegn policy.
Islamophobia Permeates Foreign Policy
Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-Author of Black in America will have a book talk on being Black in America and the quintessential paradox.
Black in America - Event Flyer

Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology offers insight in to American ideology. 


Dr. Kaite Yang, Assistant Professor of Psychology provided academic consultation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions


Dr. Nazia Kazi's book Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics was featured in the New Book Network


Dr. James Avery, Associate Professor of Political Science discusses the immigration policies of Republicans and Democrats. 

Republican legislators with more Latinos in their districts are more likely to vote to restrict immigration


Dr. Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice discusses religious intolerant law in India in How Saffrom Supremacists are using religion to polarize India


Dr. Deborah Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics, discusses the income disparities by generation in the Press of Atlantic City article, "Thrift stores continue to thrive amid chain store closings."


Gina Maguire, professional services specialist at Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and adjunct professor of Gerontology, presented “Creative Engagement in Dementia Care: Positive & Strength-Based Approaches” alongside Jodie Berman on Nov. 7 at the 10th annual Expressive Therapies Summit at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Maguire’s session was a six-hour master class and highlighted TimeSlips, a creative means of engaging older adults with dementia in a meaningful storytelling activity. Earlier this semester, SCOSA was announced as a partner in the TimeSlips NextGen project.  

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Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line with Enobong Hannah Branch.  

This book provides a sociology of the Black American experience. To be Black in America is to exist amongst myriad contradictions: racial progress and regression, abject poverty amidst profound wealth, discriminatory policing yet equal protection under the law. This book explores these contradictions in the context of residential segregation, labor market experiences, and the criminal justice system, among other topics, highlighting the historical processes and contemporary social arrangements that simultaneously reinforce race and racism, necessitating resistance in post-civil rights America.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Claire Abernathy and her "President and Congress" students met with U.S. Rep Frank LoBiondo to prepare the LoBiondo exhibit at Stockton University.

Grad Symposium Fac and Students 2019

Stockton hosted its semi-annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

Several graduate students in the MA in Criminal Justice program and two students in the Master's in Social Work program presented faculty-led research projects from this semester.  Rosheka Faulkner won best poster for her project "Sexual Victimization among College Students - Psychological and Institutional Barriers to Reporting: Mixed-Methods Study" with Dr. Manish Madan.  Photos here.


Dr. Nazia Kazi, assistant professor of anthropology speaks to Sacramento State students about Islamophobia.


From Huffington Post:

For Free Public Transport For Women To Work, It Also Must Be Safe

Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Professor Arleen Gonzalez presents her research on Title IX of the Bankruptcy Code and Colonialism at the 2019 BAASANA International Conference at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Arleen Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice




Dr. David Burdick received the 2019 Clark Tibbitts Award from the Gerontological Society of America

Burdick Serves as the Director of Stockton’s Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and recently spearheaded the University’s efforts to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network.  The press release can be found here


Dr. John White was interviewed for the podcast Real Crime Profile episodes 199 and 200 for his work on the show Mindhunter


Dr. Claire Abernathy shares Stockton’s report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) that presents voting data among Stockton students in 2018.

This report provides information about Stockton students’ registration and turnout rates in both the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections.

You can view the full report here, which shows both voter registration and turnout increasing substantially among Stockton students in 2018.



Dr. Michael Rodriguez presented the Meaning of Internships at the Global Internship Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2019.

SFT Adjunct member, Heather Width-Sysol received the 2019 Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Association of Police Chiefs.

She ranked first in her Command and Leadership Academy. The award was presented by her Lead Instructor, Bill McKnight, SOBL Criminal Justice Visiting Instructor and SFT member.


Dr. Theodore Alter is featured in the National Association of Social Workers-NJ Membership Video (minute 1:55) presenting at the NASW-NJ Conference in April, 2019.