We welcome Dr. Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Instructor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, to the Rutgers-Camden Arts and Sciences community!
Dr. Stephanie Bush-Baskette, who earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-Newark and her Juris Doctorate from American University, is currently serving as an instructor for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and the Division of Continuing Studies. Dr. Bush-Baskette is also coordinating the criminal justice off-campus programs at Mays Landing (Atlantic Cape Community College), North Branch (Raritan Valley Community College), and the Joint Base (McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst).
Dr. Bush-Baskette is a former New Jersey State Legislator. In 1991 she left the legislature to join Governor James Florio’s Gubernatorial Cabinet as the State Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. She was the first African-American woman to be a member of any New Jersey Gubernatorial cabinet. Dr. Bush-Baskette also served as a member of the New Jersey Ethics Commission.
Her research interests include the intersection of race/gender/social justice (with a focus on girls and women of color in the justice system) and comparative criminology. In 2010, her book Misguided Justice: The War on Drugs and Incarceration of Black Women was published by iUniverse. In addition to these interests, Dr. Bush-Baskette is also a mediator and a life/career/conflict coach.