Dr. Jennifer Ahern, PhD MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a Chancellor’s Professor. She examines the effects of the social and physical environment, and programs and policies that alter the social and physical environment, on many aspects of health (e.g., violence, substance use, mental health, and gestational health). Dr. Ahern has a methodological focus to her work, including application of causal inference methods and semi-parametric estimation approaches, aimed at improving the rigor of observational research, and optimizing public health intervention planning. Her research is supported by a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the Director
DR. STEFANO M. BERTOZZI is dean and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank and the government of the DRC. He is currently co-chair of the Health Working Group for the UC – Mexico Initiative and co-editor of the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) volume on HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He has served on governance and advisory boards for WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in health policy and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego, and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco.
Mia Bird is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on applying research to criminal justice and health and human services policy-making. Her current projects examine the effects of major policy changes—including California’s Public Safety Realignment and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act—on county priorities, local intervention strategies and individual criminal justice outcomes. Her past work has addressed the allocation of realignment funding to counties, the role counties play in connecting individuals to health insurance, and the ability to improve governance through the effective use of data. Bird holds her PhD in public policy, MA in demography, and MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.
My work focuses on place-based health equity strategies, participatory action research, and communication strategies to support decarceration and decreased policing. For the past year I have partnered with the Morris Justice Project and the Public Science Project at the CUNY Graduate Center to incorporate health strategies into their research on aggressive policing in the South Bronx. Prior to that I developed knottedline.com and its accompanying curriculum which focuses on the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.
Nadia Gaber, is an MD/PhD student in the UCSF-UC Berkeley joint program in medical anthropology. Her research concerns urban health and safety in the US (Bay Area and Detroit) in an era of deindustrialization and mass incarceration. She is partnering with community-based research and advocacy groups in Detroit to track health effects of mass water shutoffs and their enforcement in Detroit. She is the co-author of a 2015 published article in the The Journal of Urban Health called “Protecting Urban Health and Safety: Balancing Care and Harm in the Era of Mass Incarceration (2015). Nadia is also a co-leader of a UCHRI working group, "Radical Pedagogies for Critical Social Medicine."
David Harding studies poverty and inequality, urban neighborhoods, education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. In collaboration with Jeffrey Morenoff, Jeff Smith (University of Michigan), and Ingrid Binswanger (UC Denver), Harding is currently studying the effect of incarceration in prison on mortality using administration data from the Michigan Department of Corrections linked to National Death Index records.
Barry A. Krisberg is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. For several years, he was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Earl Warren Institute at UC Berkeley Law School.
Dr. Krisberg received his master's degree in criminology and a doctorate in sociology, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as the President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for over 30 years.
Dr. Krisberg was a faculty member in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley and a Lecturer in Residence at UC Berkeley Law School. He was also a Visiting Professor at John Jay College in New York.
In 1993 he was the recipient of the August Vollmer Award, the American Society of Criminology’s most prestigious award. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASC Division of People of Color
Dr. Krisberg has been appointed by several courts to oversee consent decrees involving the civil rights of incarcerated youth. He has prepared several declarations for resentencing JLWOP cases under Miller v Alabama and California’s SB 9 law.
Braden Lake is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying for a joint MBA and MPH degree. After receiving her degree in Global Health and Human Rights from Stanford University, she worked for several years in health education with marginalized youth in Oakland, first in program implementation and, later, in strategy and curriculum development. After graduation in 2016, she plans to continue working in health equity, particularly in healthcare delivery for underserved communities. She is currently a teaching member of the Oakland Power Projects at Critical Resistance, working to decouple healthcare from policing and the prison industrial complex. Additionally, she is currently working with Kaiser Permanente to shape their strategic plan's approach to reducing racial health disparities.
In 2012, Ron graduated from Merritt College with Associate of Arts degrees in Community Social Services / Substance Abuse and Social Behavioral Sciences. Moving on to UC, Berkeley in 2013, Ron graduated summa cum laude in 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare with an African American Studies minor. According to Ron it was never complicated, “The social welfare of African Americans has always been my focus.” Ron is currently a 2017 MSW candidate in the UC, Berkeley Graduate School of Social Welfare and the Executive Director of The Gamble Institute (TGI). Ron oversees the direction of TGI and its flagship program, The Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program, and works closely with Merritt College administration, student services, faculty and staff, and collaborative community partners. TGI is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit community-based participatory research (CBPR) institute, located at Merritt College where there is a significant number of formerly incarcerated students.
“As the Executive Director of The Gamble Institute (TGI), my mission is to work with like-minded community members to provide relevant services and implement research projects that create meaningful knowledge to improve conditions for formerly incarcerated adults and their families. I am excited about our latest project, the "Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program." Street Scholars is a community based participatory research project and student support program created "…for parolees, by parolees…" which was designed specifically to utilize education to empower formerly incarcerated adults enrolled in community college.” ~ Ronald Moss, 2016
Steven Raphael is Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? (published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). He is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Pubic Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.
Victoria Robinson is a graduate of Oxford University (Post-doctoral studies in Comparative Migration Systems), the University of London (Ph.D. Political and Cultural Geography) and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (B.A. in Geography and International Relations). Her initial graduate studies addressed the migrations of women from Somalia and The Philippines to Southern Europe, while working in Rome at ‘La Mensa d’ Trastevere’, a non-profit organization facilitating the incorporation of undocumented immigrants. Currently, Dr. Robinson is a lecturer at UC. Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, teaching courses addressing race and ethnicity in the United States and global female migrations. Her most recent area of research addresses the gendering of post-industrial return migrations to the Caribbean. At UC Berkeley, as director of The American Cultures Center, Victoria has continued to build the nationally-recognized undergraduate diversity curriculum. Within this curriculum, Victoria co-taught the 'Big Ideas' course 'Prison' with faculty from Law, Architecture and Native American Studies. Working with several local and national prison reform and abolition organizations, the 'Prison' course reflects Dr. Robinson's personal and scholarly commitment to the work of social justice in higher education. Dr. Robinson's most recent scholarship and teaching reveals the woven connections between mass incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, and centrally those community-based movements which seek to mobilize the political and social rights of those inside and between walls and cages.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes is the Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley where she directs the doctoral program in Critical Studies in Medicine, Science, and the Body. Scheper-Hughes' lifework concerns the violence of everyday life examined ethnographically and on the ground from a radical, phenomenological/ existential and critically engaged perspective. Her publications on structural, symbolic and political violence, and on"small wars and invisible genocides" has been broadly applied to medicine, psychiatry, criminology, human rights, as well as to the practice of anthropology. Scheper-Hughes is best known for her award winning books on schizophrenia among bachelor farmers in County Kerry (Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland) and on the madness of hunger, maternal thinking and infant mortality in Brazil (Death without Weeping: the Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil). In1994-1995 Scheper-Hughes moved to South Africa to take up a temporary post as Chair of Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology,University of Cape Town during the end of apartheid and the democratic political transition. In South Africa she conducted research in squatter camps on popular justice and the politics of the impossible, that is, the politics of reconciliation. She published on the South African Truth Commission and on the politics of remorse. She is the founding director of Organs Watch, a UC Berkeley anthropological documentation project that has identified the sites and the growth of international criminal networks of human trafficking in organs from bodies of the living and the dead. She has published hundreds of essays, articles, and commentaries on human trafficking and she has participated in providing evidence in several prosecutions of human traffickers and corrupt hospitals involved in international transplant trafficking in the USA, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Brazil, the Philippines, Israel, and South Africa. She has worked as an advisor to the WHO, the UN office on human trafficking, the European Parliament, US Congress, and a member of the Asian Task Force Against Human Organ Trafficking and a member of the Istanbul Summit and Declaration on Human OrganTrafficking. She has also advised the Vatican on human trafficking in organs. Among her more recent books are: Violence on the Urban Margins ( with J.Auyero and P. Bourgois, Oxford University 2015); Commodifying Bodies (co-edited with Loic Wacquant , 2002, London: Sage (Theory, Culture and Society series), and Violence in War and Peace: an Anthology (co-edited with Philippe Bourgois), 2003, London and Malden, Mass: Basil Blackwell. She has also published widely on death squads and democracy in Brazil, on terrorism and the body of the enemy, and on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse; and on the human rights abuses of the mentally challenged in the US, Argentina and elsewhere. Her forthcoming books include: The Ghosts of Montes de Oca: A Buried Subtext of the Dirty War in Argentina ( University of North Carolina Press) and Kidney Hunter: A World Cut in Two (University of California press). She is also co-editor of The Anthropology of Evil ( Routledge).
Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses on criminal law, criminal justice, and law & society. Simon's recent research has focused on the evolution of the American carceral state since the turn of the century. His most recent book is Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of American Prisons (New Press 2014). Simon is also the co-editor (with Richard Sparks) of the Sage Handbook of Punishment and Society (2013).
Sandra Susan Smith is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of urban poverty and joblessness, social capital and social networks, race and ethnicity, and, more recently re-entry. In addition to her first book, Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism among the Black Poor (Russell Sage Foundation), and a second under review, Smith has also published a number of articles in the American Journal of Sociology, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the Annual Review of Sociology, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Social Science Research, and The Sociological Quarterly. In a new project, generously funded by the Arnold Foundation, Smith turns her attention to the front end of criminal case processing and asks how pretrial detention and diversion fundamentally alter offenders' future criminal involvement trajectories. Smith has been a deputy editor of the ASR and a consulting editor of the AJS. Currently she is the chair of the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of the ASA, a member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard's Kennedy School, and a member of the National Research Advisory Board for the Misdemeanor Justice Project.
David Thompson is a doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, whose research concentrates on contemporary regimes of incarceration in Latin America. His current project examines the politics and practices of rehabilitation inside Brazil’s prisons. In particular, this ethnographic fieldwork investigates the competing hopes for the future and forms of expertise at play between psychologists, social workers, church groups, and incarcerated people in the prisons of Rio de Janeiro as these groups pursue distinct projects of personal transformation and social change. This research combines insights of medical and legal anthropology, and draws on a comparative approach to incarceration between Brazil and the United States. David previously worked as a volunteer community organizer in a maximum-security prison in El Alto, Bolivia, and as an intern at the Federal Court of Australia.
Anjuli Verma received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She is the 2016-17 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Her research and teaching interests include: social reactions to crime and deviance; law and organizations; legal mobilization and social movements; and mixed-methods research. Anjuli’s doctoral research examines the causes and effects of deinstitutionalization and decarceration in California, with a focus on legal reform and organizational regulation and compliance processes. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she will launch a new project that examines the “afterlife” of mass incarceration and how prison displacements affect various dimensions of community health, including among elderly parolees. Anjuli was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and the National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship, and her work has been published in Law & Society Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment and The American Journal of Bioethics. Her co-authored work is forthcoming in Ethnography and Sociological Perspectives. She is a member of the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium and serves on the advisory board for the non-profit research organization, Justice Strategies. Before graduate school, Anjuli worked as a policy advocate and communications strategist on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues at the American Civil Liberties Union. She earned a B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia and held internships at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama and the National Indian Human Rights Commission in New Delhi.
Email: email@example.com To learn more about Anjuli’s research and teaching, visit: http://sites.uci.edu/anjuliverma/.