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  • Amanda Agan
  • Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Areas of Specialization: Economics of Crime, Labor Markets and Crime
  • Office: New Jersey Hall, Room 420
  • Campus: Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-932-8616
  • Email: aagan@economics.rutgers.edu
  • Education: Ph.D. University of Chicago (Economics), B.A. George Mason University (Economics)

Dr. Amanda Agan is an Affiliated Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice, as well as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the economics of crime. Her studies spotlight the unintended consequences of policies such as sex offender registration and ban-the-box laws. Agan has published her research in the Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Empirical and Legal Studies; her recent research on ban-the-box policies has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining Rutgers University Agan was a post-doctoral research associate in the Economics Department and the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. Economics from the University of Chicago and holds a B.A. in Economics from George Mason University.

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  • Patrick J. Carr
  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Areas of Specialization: Communities and Crime, Informal Social Control, Youth Violence, Transition to Adulthood, Rural “Brain Drain”, Crime Control
  • Campus: Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-445-7216
  • Email: pcarr@sociology.rutgers.edu
  • Education: Ph.D. University of Chicago (Sociology), M.A. University College Dublin (Sociology)


Dr. Patrick J. Carr is an Affiliated Professor to the Program in Criminal Justice, as well as Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University; furthermore, he is an Associate Member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his Master’s degree in Sociology from University College Dublin in 1990. His research interests include communities and crime, informal social control, youth violence, and the transition to adulthood. He is the co-author, along with Maria J. Kefalas of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America (2009, Beacon Press), and author of Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order and Building Community Activism (2005, NYU Press). He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Sociological Forum, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and other peer review outlets. He co-edited Coming of Age in America: the Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century (2011, University of California Press).

Carr and his wife, Maria Kefalas (Saint Joseph’s University), are founders of the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project (www.pysp.org), which “offers a safe space for Philadelphia’s young people to explain their views and emotions about the danger and violence that consumes so much of their daily lives, to ask questions of themselves and the people charged with running [Philadelphia], and to have a serious conversation with teachers, parents, city officials, community leaders, state legislators, reporters, politicians, and anyone else who wants to know what is going on in the city to move forward on solutions inspired by the youth perspective.” The Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project is a venue for Philadelphia’s young people to offer their own expert advice on how to better and transform the city based in their experiences and perspectives.

Currently, Carr is working on two major research projects. First, he is co-Principal Investigator of an in-depth study of young people and law enforcement in Philadelphia. The study examines youth experiences with crime, danger, and law enforcement, and how law enforcement and young people understand the “Stop Snitching” phenomenon. The second project is an examination of the experiences of young people transitioning to adulthood during the Great Recession (http://www.generation-r.org). This project profiles the experiences of young people from lower-, middle-, and upper-class backgrounds as they adjust to adulthood in a world that has been reshaped by the 2008 economic crisis. Carr’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and on NPR, and he has published opinion editorials in The Root, The Huffington Post,and The Atlantic (online). He has delivered keynote addresses on rural brain drain and redevelopment all over the American Heartland, and he is frequently asked to speak to international audiences about police-community co-production of order.


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Brian Donnelly earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He became a member of the New Jersey Bar in 1997. Donnelly has worked as a police officer for 25 years, and is currently a Captain assigned as a patrol commander for a police department in Union County. His tenure as a police officer and as a detective has included work with homicide, sex crimes, and narcotics for which he has received numerous valor awards and commendations. Donnelly also currently works with the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriquez, Mitterhoff, Grabas, and Woodruff.

In addition to his course teaching with the Program in Criminal Justice, Donnelly has taught criminal justice and business law courses at Raritan Valley Community College for 10 years. For 6 years he taught at Centenary College, and for several years he was the lead instructor for the Port Authority Police Academy in the areas of Use of Force and Constitutional Law; moreover, while teaching at the Port Authority Police Academy Donnelly wrote several policies in both areas.

Donnelly is most interested in constitutional law as it pertains to police-citizen encounters with a focus on 4th amendment arrest, search and seizure, and 5th amendment police interviews and interrogations. He enjoys blending his legal background with his police experience to give students a better understanding of criminal justice. Furthermore, Donnelly has a strong interest in the study of Police Use of Force and its various policies and case studies.

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  • Mark Desire
  • Instructor of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Advisor
  • Areas of Specialization: Forensic Science
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room A353
  • Campus: Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-445-4276
  • Email: mdesire@crimjust.rutgers.edu
  • Education: J.D. New York Law School, M.S. Allegheny, B.A. Rutgers University

Mark Desire is both an Instructor in the Program in Criminal Justice, and an Assistant Director with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. He works for the Department of Forensic Biology, New York City’s DNA crime lab. Desire has worked there for 15 years and has completed thousands of criminal and Missing Persons cases. His previous employment includes developing biological warfare detection systems for the United States Army.

Desire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is a certified DNA auditor and ASCLD inspector; furthermore, he is also a board certified Molecular Specialist with the American Board of Criminalists. Desire is the Family Assistance Center manager for New York City and has been assigned to multiple mass fatalities. Additionally, Desire has taught Criminal Justice courses and Forensic Science courses at Rutgers University, Pace University, and John Jay College.

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  • Noura Erakat
  • Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
  • Areas of Specialization: International Law, Humanitarian law, Human rights law, National Security Law, Refugee law, Critical race theory
  • Office: TBD
  • Campus: Livingston Campus
  • Email: ne146@rutgers.edu
  • Education: J.D. and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a LLM in National Security from Georgetown University Law Center. LLM in Legal Education upon completing the Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellowship at Temple University, Beasley School of Law




Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. Noura is an editorial committee member of the Journal for Palestine Studies and a co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya, an electronic magazine on the Middle East that combines scholarly expertise and local knowledge. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Noura’s scholarly publications include: “Racism, whiteness, and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States" in Ethnicities; "New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense" in the Arizona Law Review; and "Overlapping Refugee Legal Regimes: Closing the Protection Gap During Secondary Forced Displacement," in the Oxford Journal of International Refugee Law. Her multimedia productions include the Black Palestinian Solidarity video and website as well as the Gaza In Context Pedagogical Project, featuring a short documentary. A full list of her scholarly publications can be found here. Her current research seeks to examine the activist praxes in contemporary renewals of Black-Palestinian solidarity as well as technologies of surveillance and counter-surveillance in greater East Jerusalem.

Noura served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives from 2007-2009. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura worked as the Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the Badil Center for Refugee and Residency Rights from 2010-2013. In that capacity, she drafted their submissions to the human rights treaty bodies and lobbied the US Congress as well as diplomatic missions at the United Nations on their behalf.

Noura has appeared on CBS News, CNN International with Becky Anderson, CNN with Don Lemon, MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes,” "All In With Chris Hayes," "Ronan Farrow Daily," Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” PBS News Hour, NPR, BBC World Service, Democracy Now, and Al-Jazeera America, Arabic, and English. Her publications have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Review of Books, The LA Times, The Nation, USA Today, The Hill, Foreign Policy, Jezebel, Al Ahram English, Al Shabaka, MERIP, Fair Observer, Middle East Eye, The Interdependent, IntLawGrrls, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and Jadaliyya.

Noura earned her J.D. and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and a LLM in National Security from Georgetown University Law Center (Distinction & Dean’s List). She also earned a LLM in Legal Education by completing the Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellowship at Temple University, Beasley School of Law.


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