Liza Chowdhury

Assistant Professor

School of Criminal Justice, Political Science & International Studies 

Short Abstract

Dr. Liza Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science and International Studies. Prior to joining the FDU faculty, she was employed by the State of New Jersey as a Senior Probation Officer for Passaic County's Juvenile Division. She spent over a decade supervising court involved youths and adults. During her time in the field of community corrections, she fostered relationships with local schools, law enforcement agencies, social service providers and families. Dr. Chowdhury has supervised sex offenders, juveniles and worked on a federally grant funded program entitled Project Safe Neighborhoods, which was a multiagency collaboration that provided innovative methods to supervise gang involved probationers. She completed her Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D from Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice.  Her defense was entitled "The Intersections of Race and Gender on Prison Punishment and Adjustment". The research focused on the punishment outcomes of inmates in prisons throughout the United States and analyzed if the intersections of race and gender produced disparate punishment outcomes. Upon completing her terminal degree, she knew the importance of merging her experience as a practitioner and academic and has continued to partner with agencies in the city of Paterson to use evidence based practices to improve program outcomes. Dr. Chowdhury is currently conducting research on alternative to juvenile detention programs and the role of informal social controls to help reduce violence. She also volunteers and serves as a consultant to a youth program for at-risk teens in the community of Paterson, NJ entitled Teens2bHeard.  Her research interests include corrections, mass incarceration, prison infractions and punishments, gender crime and justice, intersections and disparity, juvenile justice, informal social controls and restorative justice. She recently co-authored an edited textbook entitled Contemporary Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice which will be available for purchase beginning Fall 2016.  

Professor Chowdhury has over ten years of experience in the field of community corrections and the juvenile justice system as well as nine years as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. As a Senior Probation Officer working for the Passaic County Probation Division, Professor Chowdhury supervised specialized caseloads which included adult sex offenders and school-based juveniles. Also, she was involved with supervising  high risk juvenile offenders under a Federally grant funded Program entitled Project Safe Neighborhood which was a multi-agency collaborative effort to monitor gang involved youths within the community. Additionally, she participated in the Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative, was a research assistant at the Police Institute of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and conducted in-home counseling throughout Essex County. As an adjunct, Professor Chowdhury has taught various Criminal Justice Courses. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Professor Chowdhury may be reached at   - See more at:
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