Areas of Specialization:
Race, Crime and Criminal Justice, Drug Use/Abuse, Trafficking and Control, Comparative Criminology/Criminal Justice, Violence against Women
Anita Kalunta-Crumpton received a PhD from Brunel University London, United Kingdom. She taught for more than ten years at a number of universities in England before joining Texas Southern University in 2008 as Associate Professor of Administration of Justice. Her research studies have found home in a wide range of reputable journals, including the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Social Justice. She is the author of Race and Drug Trials: The Social Construction of Guilt and Innocence (1999), Drugs, Victims and Race: The Politics of Drug Control (2006), and editor (with Biko Agozino) of Pan-African Issues in Crime and Justice (2004).
She is also the editor of Race, Crime and Criminal Justice: International Perspectives, and Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice in the Americas. Both books, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010 and 2012, respectively, take the controversial and politically-sensitive race–criminal justice debate to an international level and beyond the West to encompass untapped perspectives from English and non-English-speaking societies in various parts of the world. Drawing on an international line-up of scholars, the 2010 collection represents perspectives on race, crime and criminal justice in thirteen countries across four continents. The 2012 book covers Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States – thereby extending the traditional focus of comparative race and criminal justice research on North America to other regions of the Americas.
Her most recent publications include an edited collection titled Pan-African Issues in Drugs and Drug Control: An International Perspective, which was published by Ashgate in 2015. As she continues to extend the parameters of comparative criminological and sociological concerns beyond the West, Anita Kalunta-Crumpton is also devoting a significant portion of her scholarship and research efforts to studying violence against women and more specifically, violence against women of African origin.