Connie Hassett-Walker is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University (2007). Her dissertation ("Delinquency and the Black Middle Class") was awarded second place by the by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for the 2006 Social Issues Dissertation Award. Prior to joining the faculty at Kean University, Dr. Hassett-Walker worked as a research associate at the Violence Institute of New Jersey, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). Her work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals including the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice; as well as in The Conversation and the Washington Post. Dr. Hassett-Walker is the author of Guns on the Internet: Online Gun Communities, First Amendment Protections, and the Search for Common Ground on Gun Control (2018, Routledge/Taylor & Francis); and Black Middle Class Delinquents (2009, LFB Scholarly Publishing). She tweets out daily historical crime & justice facts -- follow her at
PhD, 2007, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, Union, NJ
MPA, 1997, New York University Wagner Graduate School
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
online gun subculture, First Amendment, free speech protections; race, class & crime
Personal Interests
travel, reading, spending time with family, being outdoors with my dog