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.
Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois | Graduate Research Fellow
Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois is a Center for Justice Research graduate research fellow. Jennifer is currently in her first year of doctoral study in the Administration of Justice Department of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, and previously assisted with the examination of predictive equity among risk assessment instruments. Jennifer holds a BS in Forensic Science from Baylor University, and a MS in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University
Corey Clay | Graduate Research Fellow
Arron Corey Clay is a graduate assistant in the Center for Justice Research (CJR) at Texas Southern University. His work focuses on police violence, probation recidivism, and the criminalization of marijuana. Before joining CJR his research examined deviant behavior, labeling of black males and criminal justice reform. He received masters degrees in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and criminal justice from Sul Ross State University. He is a military veteran and has community and institutional corrections experience.
Seneca Dunmore | Graduate Research Intern
Seneca Dunmore is an intern with the Center for Justice Research. She is a College of Education doctoral student. Seneca has a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Med from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Her research includes examinations of the prison industrial complex, caseload determinations for public defenders and prosecutors and the suspiciously unhealthy relationship between schools and the legal system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
Melissa Kwende | Graduate Research Fellow
Melissa Kwende is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Justice Research. Melissa is a Doctoral student in the Administration of Justice department of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Her research interests focus on African Criminology and the racial disparities in the American Criminal Justice System.