Juwan Z. Bennett is an advanced PhD student. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar and worked as an Athletic Mentor/Tutor in the Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. Juwan has worked with Dr. Nicole Van Cleve, conducting ethnographic observations and with Education Professor Dr. James Earl Davis examining how alternative education programs can be successful at preventing delinquency. As a result of his research endeavors, he was invited by Elijah Anderson to attend his Urban Ethnography Workshop at Yale University.
Juwan’s research interests include juvenile life without parole (JLWOP), developmental and life course criminology, and the relationships between education and crime/delinquency. Juwan is also the co-founder of the Temple University Urban Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to equip the next generation of leaders and is a recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the ASC Gene Carte Student Paper Award (Second Place), the Bill & Melinda Gates ICPSR Diversity Scholarship, the Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention List, The Temple University Diamond Award, and the Temple University Faculty Award.
A fun fact about Juwan is that he is an accomplished musician, performing live for President Obama.