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Dr. Jenifer Lee-Gonyea is currently the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Mount Saint Mary College. Prior to this position, she was the founding faculty member of the Criminology program. Her research has focused on the teaching and use of restorative justice, and more recent interests have centered on the availability of restorative justice to racial and ethnic minorities and women, the applicability of restorative justice in addressing serious harms, and the connection between DEI and restorative justice. Her research has been published in Deviant Behavior; International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law; and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. She co-authored a chapter on the social and family influences on violent crime in Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications (Sage Publications, 2009). She has contributed to an encyclopedia of restorative justice in New York State (expected publication 2023). Beginning in fall of 2022, Dr. Lee-Gonyea will serve as the Vice President for the Justice Studies Association. Dr. Lee-Gonyea earned her doctorate in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania focusing on hate crimes for her dissertation and previously worked for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. 

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Marshall University
B.A., West Virginia University

Specialization/Areas of Research Interest
Restorative Justice
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Higher Education
Hate Crimes
Women, Crime, & the CJS

Memberships and Professional Associations
American Society of Criminology
American Association of University Professors
Justice Studies Association
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Achievements / Awards
2019 - 2020 MSMC Faculty Award Winner
Most Valuable Professor for Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 (this is an award given by a student-athlete to a professor)

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