Gaskew, Tony

Gaskew Tony

Dr. Tony Gaskew
Director, Criminal Justice Program and Professor of Criminal Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Contact Information:
tog6@pitt.edu 814-362-7636
233B Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Conflict Analysis, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Institute, Nova Southeastern University
B.L.S. Behavioral Science, Barry University

Academic Focus:

Dr. Gaskew teaches a variety of courses, which include Police and Society: Race, Crime, and Justice; The Policing Culture: Politics, Community, and Accountability; Conflict & Crisis Management; Islam & Social Justice, and the Senior Capstone Seminar. In 2012, he was awarded the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award.


Short Bio:

Dr. Gaskew has an extensive professional and academic background in the field of criminal justice. He has over twenty years of policing experience, including as a member of the  United States Department of Justice's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducting wiretap and conspiracy investigations within the Middle District of Florida. In 2001, he was awarded the Region IV Florida Narcotic Officer of the Year. He joined the faculty at UPB in 2006, and was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure in 2011. In 2018, he was promoted to full professor.  Aside from serving as the program director of criminal justice, he also serves as the founding director of the nationally recognized   UPB Prison Education Program, where he has created  ground-breaking post-secondary education initiatives at BOP FCI McKean since 2007. 


Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

As a critical ethnographer, his research areas include the relationship between policing and the Black experience in America, decolonizing and dismantling justice systems, and the intersecting metaphysical nature of creating a Black resistance consciousness. In 2010, he received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) FCI McKean and in 2015, he was awarded the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (DHS) Beacon of Dignity Award at Columbia University for his outstanding dedication to equality and human rights. In 2016, Dr. Gaskew was invited by the Obama administration to the  White House along with ten other educators from across the nation, to spearhead discussions on criminal justice reform and higher education inside prisons. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism Fellow, and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow, who has conducted fieldwork in Africa and Israel. He has been awarded over thirty research grants, including a Year of Diversity Grant, an Innovation in Education Grant, and served as the principal investigator for a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Grant on prison reentry.  

He has authored over forty scholarly publications and is the editor of the book series,  Critical Perspectives on Race, Crime, and Justice (Rowman & Littlefield). In his most recent book,   Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility (Lexington - Rowman & Littlefield), Dr. Gaskew provides a critical autoethnographic examination into his pedagogical framework for inspiring a resistance consciousness within Black incarcerated students.

Selected Publications:

Gaskew, T. (2018). Transforming the Systemic Humiliation of Crime and Justice: Reawakening Black Consciousness. In Daniel Rothbart (Ed.). Power, Humiliation, and Suffering in America. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gaskew, T. (2018). Mindfulness, the Reawakening of Black Dharma, and Mastering the Art of Policing. In Chipamong Chowdhury, G. Saab, Z. Luckay, M. Britton & J. Gerson (Eds.). Collective Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations. Dignity Press. 

Weissinger, S., & Mack, D. (Eds.). (2018). Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Critical Perspective on Race, Crime, and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield.

Gaskew, T. (2017). Do I want be a 30 Percenter or 70 Percenter?: Black Cultural Privilege. In Joni Schwartz & John Chaney (Eds.). Counter-Stories and Counter-Spaces: A Critical Race Analysis of Education's Role in Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens. Lanham, MD: Lexington- Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Gaskew, T. (2017). Unfriending the Policing Culture: The Reawakened Black Consciousness. In Sandra E. Weissinger & Dwayne Mack (Eds.). Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter.  Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield Books.

Schwartz, J., & Chaney, J. (Eds.). (2017). Counter-Stories and Counter-Spaces: A Critical Race Analysis of Education's Role in Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens. Critical Perspective on Race, Crime, and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington- Rowman & Littlefield Books. 

Gaskew, T. (2015). “Developing a Prison Education Pedagogy.” New Directions for Community Colleges.

Gaskew, T. (2014). Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility. Lanham, MD: Lexington- Rowman & Littlefield.

Gaskew, T. (2014). The Policing of the Black American Male: Transforming Humiliation into Humility in Pursuit of Truth and Reconciliation. In I. Michelle Scott (Ed.). Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America? Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Rethinking Prison Reentry