Kendra Gentry, Ph.D.
Dr. Kendra Gentry joined SCCJ as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fall 2018. Prior to that, Dr. Gentry was part of the criminal justice faculty at Florida Memorial University and Nova Southeastern University. She earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a M.S. in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in journalism with a specialization in reporting from the University of Florida. Dr. Gentry’s interest in the fields of criminal justice and criminology began when she worked as a daily newspaper reporter covering crime. Professionally, Dr. Gentry is a GIS-trained crime analyst with experience in advanced geospatial methods. Her pedagogical approach is rooted in engaging the 21st century criminal justice student — inside and outside of the classroom. She often helps students conduct research, find internships, apply for graduate school and discover study abroad programs.
Dr. Gentry has devoted much of her academic career to criminal justice research. In particular, her interest in crime on public transportation has led her to be part of the small international community of transit criminologists. She is also a member of the international Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) group. In addition to her personal research, Dr. Gentry has collaborated with colleagues, research centers and law enforcement agencies on book chapters, research projects and conference presentations.