The Latest News from the Wilder School Faculty


Verma Receives Fulbright-Nehru Award

Niraj Verma, Ph.D., professor of urban planning, has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru U.S. Scholar Academic and Professional Excellence award for research and scholarship in India.  This will allow him to spend four months in multiple Indian universities in the coming year. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Gooden Elected to HOME Board of Directors

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy, has been elected to the board of directors of Housing Opportunities Made Equal. HOME is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, offering a variety of programs and services designed to ensure equal access to housing for all Virginians. The nonprofit was founded in 1971 to fight discrimination in housing access.

Albanese Invited to Join a UN Expert Group Meeting

 Jay Albanese, Ph.D., professor and Criminal Justice program chair, has been invited to join a UN Expert Group Meeting of the Education for Justice Initiative (E4J) organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The meeting in March derives from the Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the wider United Nations agenda. The E4J initiative was adopted by the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. At the university level E4J aims to facilitate and promote teaching and research on issues including anti-corruption, organized crime, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, terrorism prevention, cybercrime, arms trafficking, and integrity and ethics. The meeting at UNODC in Vienna will bring together academic experts from selected world regions to discuss and make recommendations to achieve the aims of the E4J initiative.

Cleary Publishes Article
An article by Hayley Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Criminal Justice program, "Applying the Lessons of Developmental Psychology to the Study of Juvenile Interrogations: New Directions for Research, Policy, and Practice," has been published in the journal, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Lowery Publishes Article in Crime & Delinquency

Patrick G. Lowery, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice, recently had an article published in the journal of Crime & Delinquency. The article, “A Multilevel Test of the Racial Threat Hypothesis in One State’s Juvenile Court,” focuses on the effects of racial and economic inequalities on sentencing decisions for juveniles.

Verma Named Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University

Niraj Verma, Ph.D., professor, has been named a Visiting Fellow of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University in England for the 2017 calendar year. During the upcoming year, he will share his work with colleagues in the Judge Business School and the Center for India and Global Business.

Baker Co-authors Paper

Natalie Baker, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program, has co-authored a paper in Critical Policy Studies, “Disaster Preparedness as Social Control.” The paper discusses research on disaster management institutions, as well as members of the vulnerable public in an area of significant seismic risk. 

Mancini Publishes Article About Whether Mandatory Report Laws Work

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor of Criminal Justice, had a paper published on Sept. 1 in Campus Safety magazine, “Will Mandated Reporting Laws Help Victims of Campus Sexual Violence?”

CURA Presents Historic Tax Credits Report to Lawmakers

John Accordino, Ph.D., interim dean of the Wilder School and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, presented a 2014 report, "Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia," at a meeting on Aug. 29 of the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences at the state Capitol. Also representing CURA were Fabrizio Fasulo, Ph.D., and Sarin Adhikari, Ph.D. Read coverage in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on WVIR-TV in Charlottesville.

Wooldridge Presents Social Equity Training Workshop

Blue Wooldridge, D.P.A., professor of public administration, delivered a four-hour social equity training workshop on Aug. 4 to approximately 25 senior staff members of the state Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Services and members of their SystemLEAD cohort.