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
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.
Ethea Farahkhan | Graduate Research Assistant
Ethea Farahkhan is a graduate assistant. In her second year of doctoral study in the Administration of Justice Department, Ethea received her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and her masters degree in Public Policy both at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her research interests are in civil incarceration and the impact of excluding the formerly incarcerated.
Angelica Obioma Olunkwa | Undergraduate Research Fellow
Angelica Obioma Olunkwa, a Center for Justice Research Undergraduate fellow. She is a Junior Administration of Justice major at Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. An aspiring prosecutor, she intends to attend Thurgood Marshall School of Law and after becoming a prosecutor moving forward to become a District Judge.
Lateryka Hudson | Undergraduate Research Fellow
Lateryka Hudson is an Undergraduate Research Fellow. She is a Junior Administration of Justice major and is minoring in Psychology at Texas Southern University. Her research interests are in the school to prison pipeline and the mental health – crime relationship.
Morgan Payne | Intern
Morgan Payne is an intern. She is a senior Administration of Justice major. Originally from Chicago, Morgan has experience working in public policy, government agencies, and for political campaigns. Upon receiving her degree, Morgan plans to attend law school and complete her masters in Public Administration. Her research areas of interest are sexual and domestic violence, mass incarceration, and the effect of gun and gang violence on minority youth.