CAHSS Distinguished Alum Invited to White House Roundtable on Criminal Justice Reform

Dr. Gaskew is an expert on prison education reform

Dr. Gaskew at the White House

Tony Gaskew, Ph.D., graduate of the doctoral program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies (DCRS) in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) was invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable on Criminal Justice Reform held on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Gaskew was one of 10 US educators invited to participate in the roundtable. He is an expert on prison education reform. Gaskew is also a graduate of the master’s in Criminal Justice in CAHSS’ Department of Justice and Human Services.

Gaskew’s latest book entitled, Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility, focuses on the role of the criminal justice system in providing adequate post-secondary prison education opportunities for incarcerated black males and the impact of historical racism on black males and on the criminal justice system.

Gaskew was a recipient of the 2014 NSU Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, where he also serves as director for the Criminal Justice Program. In 2007 Gaskew began teaching victim-impact classes at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean. Subsequently he began teaching university classes at the prison with both incarcerated students and University of Pittsburgh students. He is the founding Director of the Prison Education Program at the university, working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons on post-secondary educational opportunities for incarcerated students at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean.

Gaskew’s honors include the Fulbright-Hays Fellow for a research project in Egypt, the Academic Fellow in Terrorist Studies for a research project in Israel by The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow, Teacher of the Year by The National Society of Leadership and Success, FCI McKlean Volunteer of the Year by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Narcotic Officer of the Year, and Melbourne Police Department Detective of the Year