Reentry; Communities and Place and Policing; Evidence Synthesis; Mixed Method Research


Ajima Olaghere, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice, where her research advances our understanding of the interrelated nature of communities, place, policing and reentry. Dr. Olaghere approaches Criminology with a strong belief that the act of research – the way researchers conduct themselves and their studies – is critical to producing meaningful impact on policies, practices, and affected communities. She has published quantitative studies on restorative justice for youth and learning opportunities for incarcerated individuals, alongside qualitative and mixed-method studies on youth diversion, police-community relations, and street-level drug transactions. Recently, she has been laser-focused on a persistent gap in her field of Criminology – A lack of intentional, meaningful and upfront community engagement on studies which will invariably affect the implementation of policies at the place level.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Pryce, D., Olaghere, A., Brown, R. B., & Davis, V. (2021). “A Neglected Problem: Understanding transgenerational trauma on African Americans’ attitudes toward the police.” Criminal Justice Behavior, 1-24.
  • Olaghere, A., Wilson, D. B., Kimbrell, C. (2021). Trauma-informed interventions for at-risk and justice-involved youth: A meta-analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Olaghere, A., Fong, C., & Kremer, K. (2021). Learning opportunities while incarcerated: Association of engagement in literacy and numeracy activities with literacy and numeracy skills. Adult Education Quarterly.


Courses Taught

  • CJ 4096 Crime and Social Policy
  • CJ 3102 Community and Crime Prevention
  • CJ 2101 Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • CJ 8101 Decision Making in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 8330 Evidence Synthesis