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Black History Month

We are excited to host this wonderful panel “A Chat with Black Academics Researching Cybersecurity” in honor of Black History Month. Join us on Monday, February 21st, 2022 from 6pm – 7.30pm ET and hear them converse about their work, challenges faced by Black academics, and what needs to be done to support and encourage them in the field. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

George Higgins
Tonya Davis
Lucy Tsado
Katorah Williams
Tessa Cole


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George E. Higgins
George E. Higgins is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville’s Department of Criminal Justice.   His research focuses on testing criminological theories and organizational theories applied to substance use, cybercrime/victimization, race and ethnicity differences, criminal justice organizational issues.  He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and 10 books.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • 2022 – Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • 2022 – Outstanding Book Award for Gabbidon, S. L., & Higgins, G. E. (2020). Shopping while black: Racial profiling in retail America. New York, NY:  Routledge.
  • 2018 — Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s (ACJS) Founder’s Award.
  • 2015 — Dr. Higgins was ranked as the 24thof the top 100 influential Criminologists
  • 2014 — Dr. Higgins was ranked 4th Worldwide in Scholarly Publications among Criminologists

Read more about Dr. Higgins here.

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Tonya Davis

Tonya Davis
Tonya Davis, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner in the field of Psychology who divides her time between teaching, research and clinical practice. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Psychology and Counseling Department at Alabama A&M University. She is a Certified School Psychologist, Supervising Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator. Her educational training includes a BS in Sociology from Auburn University, a MS in Counseling Psychology from Alabama A&M University, MS and PhD degrees in School Psychology with a certification in Psychometrics from the University of Alabama.

Her research agenda focuses on Psychological Assessment, Technology-infused mental health interventions, biometrics and coaching. Her research (Co-PI) in the area of Virtual Career Mentoring for African American College Students has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She is also the co-writer of a national blog for Psychology Today.

She has been in clinical private practice for the past 17 years providing psychological counseling and testing services and crisis consultation, coaching and training services for government and commercial clients.

Read more about Dr. Davis here.

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Lucy Tsado

 

Lucy K. Tsado
Lucy K. Tsado is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Her work has been published in The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice, African Social Science Review, Criminal Justice and Behavior, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, The Routledge Handbook of Africana Criminologies, Crime, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Africa. She has co-authored a book on cybersecurity education and careers with Rowman and Littlefield. She teaches cybersecurity, cybercrime, digital forensics, corrections and class, race, gender and crime.

Read more about Dr. Tsado here.

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Katorah Williams

 

Katorah Williams
Katorah Williams is a 5th year PhD student who received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  For the last 3.5 years, she has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Aunshul Rege in the CARE Lab, conducting research on social engineering, the use experiential learning in cybersecurity education, and adversarial decision making. Most recently, she helped organize and participated in the CARE Lab’s Summer and Collegiate Social Engineering Penetration Test Competitions.  So far, she has published five papers on these topics and presented at numerous conferences, both domestic (ASC, ACJS, IEEE- ISEC) and international (IEEE-CSC). Currently, she is working on the prospectus for her dissertation which develops a theoretical framework to explain why people engage in lateral surveillance. Her research interests include privacy and surveillance, critical criminology with a focus on Black feminist theories, social inequality, and  “street smarts.” In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, gaming, and spending time with her family.

Read more about Katorah Williams here.
Follow Katorah Williams on Twitter here.

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Tessa Cole

 

Tessa Cole
Tessa Cole (ABD) is a graduate candidate at the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. Her area of interest focuses on cyber victimization, revenge pornography, sexting, specifically among adolescences, and online fraud. She is published in Victims & Offenders with several forthcoming articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2018, she was awarded the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies Most Outstanding Graduate Student. She received the Andrew Young Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship at Georgia State University from 2018-2021. Additionally, she earned the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Graduate Teaching Award at Georgia State University in the spring of 2021. Currently, she is researching preparators’ decision-making and behaviors on various online forums.

Read more about Tessa Cole here.
Follow Tessa Cole on Twitter here.

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