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Department of Justice & Community Studies: College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences

Dr. Alana Van Gundy









Alana Van Gundy

Associate Professor/Criminal Justice Coordinator, Justice & Community Studies



  • Ph.D. in Sociology (specialty in Criminal Justice/Corrections), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio   
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
  • Associates’ Degree with Honors in Law Enforcement; Police Science, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio                                    


  • Corrections
  • Punishment and Social Control
  • Community Corrections
  • Alternatives to Corrections
  • Criminal Behavior/Criminology
  • Gender and Crime
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Field Experience

Brief biography

Dr. Van Gundy’s research focuses on the etiology and risk factors of female criminality, the development and extension of feminist criminological theory, and the implementation of gender-specific policy and procedure within the American system of corrections. She is a consultant for numerous local, state, and federal jails and penitentiaries, programs for at risk women and victims of domestic violence, and local law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Van Gundy is active on numerous campus and discipline committees and is a member of the following organizations: National Criminal Justice Association, Justice Studies Association, American Correctional Association, American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her work and publications have been published in multiple journals and book publications and is also an affiliate of Womens, Sexuality & Gender Studies.


In 2012 Dr. Van Gundy was the recipient of the YWCA's Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award in Education, and in 2014 was awarded Educator of the Year by Cincy Magazine.




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