Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards is Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. She also directs the College of Arts & Sciences’ Social Change Minor. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
She has taught a variety of criminal justice courses, but her research and teaching interests center on the intersection of public policy and criminal justice with a specific focus on schools and juvenile justice. In addition to a career in teaching, Dr. Dawson-Edwards has held positions in probation and victim services. She is a National Board Member for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and serves on the Executive Committee of American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY).
Cherie also serves on the statewide Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY) – the KY statewide Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee. Her most recent publications can be found in Race & Justice: An International Journal and the American Journal of Criminal Justice. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Dr. Dawson-Edwards is also a recipient of the 2016 College of Arts & Sciences Community Service Award.