Dr. Chowdhury is an activist scholar with over a decade of experience working in the field of community corrections. During her career as a Probation Officer, she has focused on strength based supervision and holistic case management to help provide positive outcomes for her clients. Most of her career has been in the juvenile justice system. She has participated in innovative grant funded initiatives that focused on gangs, public health and law enforcement collaborations.
Presently, she teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan campus for The School of Criminal Justice, Political Science and International Affairs. Within the department, she has initiated the restructuring of the Social Justice program and has created collaborations between community agencies and students. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes that include Research Methods, Corrections, Gender Crime and Justice, Gangs and Street Crimes, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Contemporary Issues, Community Resource Management, Advanced Corrections and Professional Seminar. Her research interests are intersectionality, juvenile justice, gender and crime, mass incarceration, restorative justice, collective efficacy and gangs. She continues to serve as a community advocate by providing research support to various grassroots agencies in the greater Passaic County, NJ area. Currently, she also serves as a member of Family Court's Multidisciplinary Team and the Minority Concerns Committee.
Chowdhury, L. The Intersections of Race and Gender and Its Affects on Prison Adjustment. Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review. (2016).
Williams, J.M., Chowdhury, L., Daftary-Kapur, T., Garcia, E., &Vodde, R.(eds) Contemporary Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System: A Textbook Reader. (Under Contract and will be published Fall 2016).
Chowdhury, L. (2011). Chapter 15: Forcible Rape in Caplan, J. M., & Kennedy, L. W. (2011). Risk terrain modeling compendium. Rutgers Center on Public Security, Newark.
Chowdhury, L., Garcia, E. The Role of Youth Workers in Alternative to Incarceration Programs. (2015-2016 Fairleigh Dickinson University College Research Grant). (Manuscript being readied for submission)
Chowdhury, L. (Book Chapter). The Role of Intersectionality in the Treatment of Detained Youth.
Chowdhury, L. The Street Keepers: One Community’s Use of Collective Efficacy to Reduce Violence. (Manuscript being readied for submission)
Chowdhury, L. March 2016. Paper presented entitled, “The Role of Youth Workers in Evening Reporting Centers.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Denver, CO.
Chowdhury, L. November 2015. Roundtable: The Use of Experiential Learning for Criminal Justice. American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, D.C.
Chowdhury, L. November 2015.Roundtable: Critical Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice. American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, D.C.
Chowdhury, L. March 2015. Paper presented entitled, “Intersections of Race and Gender on Prison Punishment.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Orlando, FL.
Chowdhury, L. March 2015. Roundtable: When Pedagogy and Civil Unrest Meet. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Orlando, FL.
Chowdhury, L. March 2015. Paper presented entitled, “The Effect of Race on Prison Punishment.” Health Equity and Social Justice Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University. New York, NY.
Chowdhury, L. November 2009. Paper presented entitled, “Young Girls in the System, An In-Dept Look.” American Society of Criminology Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Chowdhury, L. November 2007. Paper presented entitled, “Empowering Female Offenders in the Community.” American Society of Criminology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
Chowdhury, L. November 2006. Paper presented entitled, “Gangs and the Community.” American Society of Criminology Conference, Los Angeles California.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE
Passaic Vicinage Judiciary Minority Concerns Committee
Passaic County Judiciary Juvenile Multidisciplinary Team Member
Teens 2 Be Heard Non-Profit Program Research Consultant
The Paterson Village Community Collective to Reduce Violence Committee Member
Reviewer, Journal of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Active member of The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Active member of The American Correctional Association
Active member of The American Society of Criminology
Active member of the New Jersey Gang Investigator’s Association
Active member of Teens to Be Heard Research Initiative
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