Shenique Davis

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Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-656

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 2 - 3PM

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5266

Shenique S. Davis (née Thomas), Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College. Prior to joining CUNY, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Council of State Governments Justice Center where she managed projects centered on the improved application of the risk and needs framework in corrections and developed training curricula and resources to support a more informed approach of reentry strategies, specifically for adults with sexual offense convictions. Her research interests concentrate on the social consequences of mass incarceration, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, race-related stress, and the family. Shenique has taught courses for the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) and previously worked as a research assistant professor at the Rutgers University Evidence-Based Institute for Justice Policy Research. Shenique has co-authored scholarly articles on the social implications of mass imprisonment, most recently presenting her research at the University of Oxford. Shenique received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice and earned her BA in Psychology from Hampton University.



2011   Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers | The State University of New Jersey | School of Criminal Justice

2003   Master of Arts, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers | The State University of New Jersey | School of Criminal                   Justice

2001    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Hampton University

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • Thomas, S. S. and Christian, J. C. (2018) Betwixt and Between: Incarcerated men, familial ties and social visibility. In R. Condry and P. Smith (Eds.), Prisons, punishment and the family:  Towards a new sociology of punishment. Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.  
  • Thomas, S. S., Smith, V. C., and Muhammad, B. (2016). Mass incarceration:  Perpetuating the ‘habits of survival’ and race identities of Black women caregivers to children of incarcerated parents. Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review – Revolutionary Criminology. 
  • Hanson, R. K., Bourgon, G., McGrath, R. J., Kroner, D., D’Amora, D. A., Thomas, S. S., Tavarez, L. (2017) A Five-Level Risk and Needs System: Maximizing Assessment Results in Corrections through the Development of a Common Language. New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center.  
  • Thomas, S. S. (2014). Risk Assessment and reentry. OJP Diagnostic Center:  Data-Driven Crime Solutions 
  • Ragusa Salerno, L., Ostermann, M., and Thomas, S. S. (2013). The utility of the LSI-R for sex offenders.  Criminal Justice & Behavior, 40 (9), 952-969. 
  • Christian, J. & Thomas, S. S. (2009). Examining the intersections of race, gender, and mass imprisonment. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 7(1), 69-84.  
  • Christian, J., Mellow, J. and Thomas, S. S. (2006). Social and economic implications of family connections to prisoners. Journal of Criminal Justice, 34(4), 443-452. 

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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