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Janice Iwama Assistant Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

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PhD, Northeastern University

MS, American University

BA, American University

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Professor Iwama’s research primarily focuses on examining local conditions and social processes that influence hate crimes and racial profiling, particularly against Latino and immigrant populations. Her work applies a theoretical framework to improving our understanding on hate crimes and racial profiling across communities while considering demographic, economic, and political, as well as spatial and temporal changes in the United States. Previously, she worked on an assessment study examining the 2014 Massachusetts Gun Violence Reduction Act funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to examine the impact of the new gun legislation across the state. She has also served as a co-principal investigator and lead researcher in projects funded by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Unit, the National Institute of Justice, and other state and local agencies on hate crimes and racial profiling such as in Kansas, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state. Additionally, Dr. Iwama has presented and testified on racial profiling at traffic stops before the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Rhode Island State Senate and has been interviewed on the Spanish language television network, Univision, regarding the concerns surrounding hate crimes against Latinos following the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 2016.
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Fall 2021

  • JLC-104 Intro to Systems of Justice

  • JLC-194 Comm Service Learning Project: Intro to Systems of Justice

  • JLC-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Bridging Perspectives

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Iwama, J. & J. McDevitt. (2021). Examining Gun Sales in the Wake of Mass Shootings and Gun Legislation. Journal of Primary Prevention, 42, 27-42.

Iwama, J., McDevitt, J., & R. Bieniecki. (2021). Building Bridges between Researchers and Police Practitioners in Small and Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies in the U.S. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 1-17.

Peguero, A., Irizarry, Y., Iwama, J., Dunning-Lozano, J. L., King, S., & J.S. Hong. (2020). Context of Reception and School Violence: Exploring the Nexus of Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, Place, and School Crime. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Iwama, J. (2018). Understanding Hate Crimes against Immigrants: Consideration for Future Research. Sociology Compass, 12(3).

Iwama, J. (2018). “Hate Crime Research in the 21st Century.” In Martinez, Ramiro, Hollis, Meghan E., and Jacob I. Stowell (Eds.), The Handbook of Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

Iwama, J. (2017). “Immigrants as Victims.” In Miller, H. V. and Anthony Peguero (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Crime, New York: Taylor and Francis Group LLC.

Martinez, R., Stowell, J. I., & J. Iwama. (2016). The Role of Immigration: Race/Ethnicity and San Diego Homicides Since 1970. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 32(3): 471-488.

Research Interests

Racial Profiling, Bias/Hate Crimes, Communities and Crime, Policing, Gun Violence

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

2020    American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on People of Color & Crime (DPCC) New Scholar Award

2019    Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research (WIPAR) Fellowship, American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.

2018    Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Dorothy Bracey/Janice Joseph Minority and Women New Scholar Award

2017    Race Democracy, Crime & Justice Network (RDCJN) Summer Research Institute Fellowship

2014    American Society of Criminology (ASC) Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship