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.