The Center for Justice Research staff and research team are a collective of diverse individuals with expertise in the areas of research, policy, and advocacy, with a common interest in producing an equitable criminal justice system.
David Baker | Faculty Research Fellow
David Baker, PhD, is a fellow in the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University and an associate professor with the Department of Administration of Justice and former Interim Chair in the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Baker currently serves on the editorial Board for the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, and International Journal of Criminology and Sociology Theory. He has two books and several articles published. His research has appeared in such venues as Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, International Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Journal of Black Studies, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Administration in Social Work, and various other peer-reviewed journals.
Baker’s research projects utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine the barriers that members of disenfranchised communities face with the long-term goal to dismantle these barriers through policy-driven criminal justice research and reform. More specifically, Baker’s research portfolio focuses on racial/ethnic issues in the criminal justice systems; recidivism in African Americans communities, policing issues; and comparative criminal justice.
Previously, Baker was an associate professor and research fellow at the University of Toledo. During this time he collaborated with Treatment Alternative To Street Crime (TASC) a community organization to develop long range strategies for reentry related issues. He received his PhD at York University, Department of Sociology, Toronto Canada.
Jasmine M. Drake, PhD | Faculty Research Fellow
Jasmine M. Drake, PhD, is a fellow in the Center for Justice Research (CJR) and an assistant professor in the Administration of Justice Department in the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. She currently serves as a Governor-appointed commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Drake’s research projects focus on the development of reliable and objective methods for the collection and analysis of evidentiary materials in an effort to mitigate the effects of cognitive bias and the unreliable use of forensic feature- comparative methods, such as DNA, latent print analysis, ballistic test interpretations, bite-mark comparisons, and hair and fiber testing, which are contributing factors to the large number of wrongful convictions that have disproportionally plagued fragile communities. More specifically, her research focuses on the evaluation and error management of forensic methods and their resulting expert witness testimonies in wrongful conviction cases with the goal of identifying root-cause analyses in order to recommend best practices and the implementation of policies, which will address the imbalance of justice faced by fragile communities.
Previously, Drake worked as a forensic chemist at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas, TX. During her tenure at DEA, Drake’s primary professional responsibilities included controlled substance identification, quality control testing, and the analysis of evidence submitted by law enforcement officials. She also assisted with clandestine laboratory operations and testified findings of technical laboratory reports in court.
Drake has also worked in the Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University as an assistant professor. Additionally, Drake has worked as a K-12 public school teacher in Irving, Texas and as a National Academy of Sciences postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. She earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Southern University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Declan Ihekwoaba Onwudiwe | Faculty Research Fellow
Dr. Declan Ihekwoaba Onwudiwe received his Ph.D. degree from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Currently, Dr. Onwudiwe isProfessor of Administration of Justice and a fellow in the Center for Justice Research (CJR) at Texas Southern University (TSU). His research has focused primarily on community policing, informal policing, police pursuit, race and crime, terrorism, and homeland security. He is the author of the Globalization of Terrorism and co-author ofInternational Patterns of Community Policing. At the CJR, Dr. Onwudiwe will focus his research on police-community relations. Administratively, he has served as both the Director of the Graduate Program and Chair of the Department of Administration of Justice (DAJ) in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at TSU. Dr. Onwudiwe serves as the major professor and advisor of Ph.D. candidates in policing, terrorism and homeland security. He has presented scientific papers at major national and international conferences with his students, and he has published several refereed articles with the DAJ students. Additionally, Dr. Onwudiwe provides strategic security solutions and advice to government agencies and organizations in homeland defense, counterterrorism, and community policing.
David A. Rembert | Visiting Research Fellow
David A. Rembert is a fellow in the Center for Justice Research (CJR) at Texas Southern University and an assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University. He is committed to using rigorous quantitative research methods to create an unbiased criminal justice system by promoting reforms in corrections, sentencing, and community supervision. David is interested in research related to racial disparities and practices, child welfare, legal aspects, policy, offender risk assessment, and program evaluation. He serves as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review. His recent publications have appeared in Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Prison Journal.
Before joining academia, David worked as a case manager for Nashville Cares, Youth Villages and Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He also worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
David received his Bachelors of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University, Masters of Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.
Kimberly Harris | Visiting Research Fellow
Dr. Kimberly Harris (Kim) is a social science evaluator and researcher conducting research, evaluation and assessment with a social justice lens. She is trained in culturally competent research and evaluation approaches. Kim is skilled in mixed, qualitative, and quantitative approaches – including quasi-experimental methodologies. Her independent research projects include: postsecondary decision-making, workforce development, social capital, cultural capital, and student learning outcomes. Much of her work is framed by a social justice and cultural relevance lens.
Kim has served as an adjunct professor in the doctoral program in leadership studies at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University (NC A&T) in Greensboro, NC where she taught research methods and design and qualitative methods. She also taught in the master’s program for human development and services where she taught statistics and research methods, research design, and applied research. Her previous experiences include being a Business and Economics Professor, where she worked with the federal prison population for over five years. She has over a decade of experience working with adult learners in the area of Workforce Development.
She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. One was a Bachelor of Arts in economics and the other was a Bachelor of Arts in African/African American studies. She earned an MBA concentrating in trust and wealth management from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and the Ph.D. in education research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
Kimberly is a Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) scholar which is an Annie E. Casey Foundation program designed to increase diversity in the field of research and evaluation, ultimately improving the knowledge base and makes for better science and social innovation.
Kim is a co-author for an article entitled, “The Online Environment’s Adverse Effect on the Sustainability of the Retail Workforce”, to be published in a special issue on sustainability in the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science (JGSMS). She is also a co-author of “The Proliferating Singles’ Population and Its Impact on a Transformative Marketing Landscape,” published in a special issue of the Journal of Managerial Issues last year. She has also published in the Journal of Negro Education and Science Education. She holds memberships in the Association of Institutional Research, American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association.