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You Can Do Sociology Anywhere

Henry Brownstein and Rosemary Gido have navigated research careers in both academic and government agency settings. Drawing on these experiences, they will offer insights into the rewards and challenges of conducting research in political settings, developing skillsets that support career paths in each arena and keeping your sociological imagination attuned to the exciting world of research. The event is presented by the WVU Research Center on Violence

About the Speakers

Rosemary Gido

Rosemary Gido is professor emerita at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. With interests in corrections, jails and female offenders, she has conducted research for several New York and Pennsylvania state and county government agencies on a variety of policy issues: HIV/AIDs in the New York state prison system, Pennsylvania county prison overcrowding, county intermediate sanctions programs and female offender mental health services. She also completed teaching and research residencies at The Garda Police College of Ireland. The author of “Turnstile Justice: Issues in American Corrections and Women’s Mental Health Issues Across the Criminal Justice System,” she has been the editor of The Prison Journal for the last 20 years. Gido was awarded the Academy of Criminal Justice 2012 John Howard Award for Lifelong Scholarship and Service to Corrections and the Garda 2011 Award of Merit for Teaching, Research and Service. 

Henry Brownstein

Henry Brownstein is a distinguished research professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WVU. He has been associate dean for research in the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University (2014-2017); a senior vice president and senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago (2005-2014); director of the Center on Crime, Drugs and Justice at Abt Associates (2004-05); director of the Drugs and Crime Division at the National Institute of Justice (2000-2004); professor and director of the graduate program in criminal justice at the University of Baltimore (1995-2000); a principal researcher, the Statistical Analysis Center director, and the chief of statistical services for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (1982-1995); and an Assistant Professor at Russell Sage College (1977-1982). In addition, he has conducted research and policy studies for other organizations including National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., the Institute for Scientific Analysis and Gryphon Scientific. Over the years he has been awarded almost $10 million in grants as principal or co-principal investigator. He is the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of two more on drugs and society, drug markets, drug policy, and crime and violence. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters as well as several government reports, essays, and op-ed articles. He was awarded a PhD in sociology from Temple University in 1977. He is the recipient of the Senior Scholar Award for 2017 from the American Sociological Association Section on Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco.