Recent CASL Faculty Kudos - March 2021

March 8, 2021

Recent faculty awards, presentations and publications.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies Maya Barak's latest article, “Family Separation as State-Corporate Crime,” appearing in the Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime, explores the Trump administration's role in normalizing harmful state practices that, in collaboration with private and nonprofit actors, violate migrants’ human and legal rights and facilitate crimes against migrant children and families.

And check out Dr. Barak's recent appearance on Culture and Crime Talks with host Dr. Sarah Daly to discuss crimmigration and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Biological Sciences Associate Professor Anne Danielson-Francois’ extensive spider knowledge put the U-M campus at ease. She was recently quoted in a Detroit Free Press article about how the Shapiro Undergraduate Library staff believed they found poisonous brown recluse spiders in a basement storage area until Danielson-Francois discovered the arachnids were of the Mediterranean variety and not particularly dangerous. "You're really unlikely to be in any kind of danger unless you have to be in close contact," she said in the Feb. 23 article. "But if you're the plumber crawling through a crawl space that has a lot of these spiders, then you could be bit, and that would be concerning. But just walking around the library stacks — it's a very, very low risk."

Congratulations to Dean Marty Hershock (professor of history) on the publication of his new book chapter (co-written with Scott Stabler), "Slave to Soldier: United States Colored Troops in the West during the Civil War," in Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines: Resisting Racism through Scholactivism (Rowman & LIttlefield, 2021).

Bozo was more than a clown. Communication Associate Professor Tim Kiska wrote a Detroit Free Press article that chronicled the life and career of Art Cervi, Detroit’s longest-playing Bozo the clown. Cervi died Feb. 15. Kiska wrote, “The size of Cervi’s audiences as Bozo probably makes him one of the biggest stars in Detroit TV history.”

African and African American Studies and Sociology Assistant Professor Krim Lacey’s article "Intimate Partner Violence and the Role of Child Maltreatment and Neighborhood Violence: A Retrospective Study of African American and US Caribbean Black Women" was published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthThe study addressed the short- and long-term impact of child maltreatment and the contribution to the cycle of intimate violence among U.S. Black women, including African American and Caribbean Blacks. The research suggests the need for prevention and intervention efforts to improve structural conditions for at-risk populations and communities predisposed to violence and other negative outcomes. The second author on the publication is Hira R. Shahid, a UM-Dearborn undergraduate student.

Hon. Donald Shelton, UM-Dearborn’s Criminal Justice and Criminology director, has been elected to chair the jurisprudence section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for 2021-2022. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. Shelton is an expert in forensics. As a judge, he presided over the first case in Washtenaw County Circuit Court that used DNA evidence to convict a murderer. As a scholar, Shelton focuses on forensic science in the classroom and in his academic research.

Economics Professor Pat Smith wanted to better understand vehicle recalls and the future costs they pose to manufacturers and the safety risks they pose to the public. Her research "Recall and Vehicle Characteristics Associated with Vehicle Repair Rates," was recently published in the Review of Industrial Organization. In the article, she examines vehicle recall campaigns from 2006 to 2015. Findings include that domestic manufacturers’ completion rates exceed those of the foreign producers, and that there are higher completion rates on recalls for severe defects and on luxury vehicles. In contrast, older vehicles and trucks exhibit lower recall completion rates. The observed patterns in recall completion rates suggest that refinements in how manufacturers estimate recall costs in the litigation process and in strategies to improve completion rates are possible.

Associate Professor Dale Thomson’s paper, "Foundation Activism in Urban Revitalization: Effects on Institutions and Political Agency," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Urban AffairsThrough case studies of targeted interventions in two Pittsburgh neighborhoods, this study examines the extent to which activism by philanthropic foundations altered institutional environments, fostered political agency and altered city policies towards urban revitalization. Among what the case studies showed: By altering institutional environments, foundation activism provided political agency for marginalized populations. However, agency related mainly to foundation resources. The findings call for both optimism and caution for those who hope for greater community voice via philanthropic activism.

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