Brooklynn Hitchens, Ph.D. is an incoming Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She recently completed a Postdoc in the Department (2020-2021). She is a sociologist and critical criminologist who studies race, class and gender in crime and victimization, urban violence and trauma, and urban policing. Using participatory action research (PAR) methods, she partners with communities of color to reduce racial disparities associated with urban violent crime and socioeconomic opportunity. Her work is primarily qualitative, through the use of ethnography, interviews, and focus groups – and she also utilizes mixed methods. She is the Co-Project Director of a multi-neighborhood research team studying violence, health, and opportunity in Wilmington, Delaware. She is also a Project Director of a five-site research team studying gun acquisition, use, and injury among "high-risk" Black youth ages 16 to 24 in Baltimore, Detroit, New York City, New Orleans, and Wilmington (DE). Hitchens advances scholarship that centers the lived experiences of marginalized Black Americans and elucidates how structural inequities shape disparate outcomes for that population.

Areas of Interest

  • Race, Class, and Gender in Victimization
  • Urban Violence and Trauma
  • Urban Ethnography and Qualitative Methods


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Delaware
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS370 Race, Crime and Criminal Justice Fall 2021 Syllabus

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