Levin College of Law

Race and Crime Center for Justice

The University of Florida Levin College of Law launches the
Race and Crime Center for Justice (RCCJ)

Mission

The UF Race and Crime Center for Justice has four interrelated goals: To examine the ways in which race impacts policies, interactions, and outcomes in the criminal legal system; To produce research on seminal race and crime issues; To advocate for criminal legal literacy; and To serve as a clearinghouse for race and crime scholarship.

About the Race and Crime Center for Justice

Building on the longstanding reputation of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, the Race and Crime Center for Justice (RCCJ) will focus on pressing national issues involving the impact of race on crime and justice. Policing, courts and corrections form the broad expanse of focal points for the Center’s work. As well, laws, criminal-legal policies, theories, and applications offer frameworks for the Center’s focus. The RCCJ will conduct research and produce scholarship with an eye towards policy application.

More information, including upcoming events and activities, will be posted soon. We look forward to sharing the work of our new Center and connecting with scholars around the nation.

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Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown

Director

Katheryn Russell-Brown is the Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law and Director of the Race and Crime Center for Justice at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She was director of the UF Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) for eighteen years. Professor Russell-Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her law degree from the University of California, Hastings and her Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.

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Dr. Vanessa Miller

Postdoctoral Associate

Vanessa Miller is the Postdoctoral Associate for the Race and Crime Center for Justice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Dr. Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, her law degree from Penn State Law, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Miller’s scholarship focuses on race, courts, social science and the law, and educational equity. Read more about Dr. Miller in this recent profile.

 

Associate Directors


Sharon D. Wright Austin

Sharon Wright Austin

Professor of Political
Science, UF College of
Liberal Arts and
Sciences


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Nancy Dowd

David H. Levin Chair in
Family Law; University of
Florida Distinguished
Professor; Professor of
Law; Emeritus Director,
Center on Children and
Families


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Clarence Gravlee

Associate Professor of
Anthropology, UF
College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences


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Lea Johnston

University of Florida
Research Foundation
Professor 2020-2023;
Professor of Law


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Kenneth Nunn

Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn
Memorial Racial Justice
Term Professor; Professor
of Law; Associate Director,
Center on Children and
Families


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Paul Ortiz

Professor of History;
Director, Samuel Proctor
Oral History Program


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Samuel Stafford

Assistant Instructional
Professor of Political
Science, UF College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences


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Sarah Wolking

Legal Skills Professor;
Director, Prosecution
Clinic


Events

LEGACY

 

 

Get Involved

Please contact the Center at RCCJ@law.ufl.edu for more information.



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