Douglas Evans

Douglas Evans

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact Information


  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Professional and Legal Writing
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Corrections


  • Criminal and racial/ethnic stigma
  • Audit research designs
  • Higher education in prison
  • Family and community effects of incarceration
  • Mass incarceration and public health
  • Penal abolition


  • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • BA, Indiana University, Bloomington

Academic Profile

Dr. Evans is a Project Director and Senior Investigator at the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has worked on grants funded by federal, state, and local governments and foundations, and nonprofits. His funded research and program evaluation projects have used quasi-experimental designs to measure the effectiveness of alternatives to incarceration and reentry programs for juveniles and adults. Dr. Evans teaches college courses at Sing Sing and Taconic Correctional Facilities and East Jersey State Prison through Hudson Link for Higher Education and the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJSTEP) Consortium. His independent research focuses on criminal stigmatization, reentry, public health and mass incarceration, and education programs in prisons. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. In addition to his passion for research and teaching, he plays bass guitar with various music groups and enjoys playing and watching basketball.

Dr. Evans loves engaging with students to share knowledge and give meaning to social justice. He has been teaching in universities and prisons for the past decade, cultivating a critical analysis of the criminal justice system that acknowledges the impact of race and social class on system contact, guiding students through use of the research process to answer important questions about human biases regarding racism and the stigma of a criminal record and seeking the justice that is class and race-neutral. His experiences teaching at Sing Sing, Taconic, and Queensboro Correctional Facilities and Northern State and East Jersey State Prisons through Hudson Link for Higher Education and the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJSTEP) Consortium have impelled re-envisioning the current system’s force of violence and oppression toward one centered on rehabilitation in which white-collar crime is prioritized and incarceration is the last resort.

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