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 Student
Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois is a Center for Justice Research graduate research fellow. Jennifer is currently a doctoral student 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.
Kharizma Darden | Graduate Student
Kharizma Darden was a Fall 2019 Undergraduate Intern who majored in justice administration and minored in public affairs. Currently she is a masters student in the Administration of Justice program. Her research interests are in the institutionalization of the mentally ill and the impact of rap music on young African American males.
Ethea Farahkhan | Graduate Student
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.
Melissa Kwende | Graduate Student
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.
Devonte White | Graduate Student
Devonte White a third year Administration of Justice PhD Student at Texas Southern University. He received his Bachelors of Criminology at Florida State University in 2014 and his Masters of Criminal Justice at Florida A&M University in 2015. His current research focuses on predictors of violent crime. He’s a Research Fellow with the Center For Science and Law at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.
Lateryka Hudson | Undergraduate Student
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.
Angelica Obioma Olunkwa | Undergraduate Student
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.