Two faculty members from UCF’s Department of Criminal Justice have been appointed editors of the peer-reviewed journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal, published by Sage.

Associate Professor Kareem Jordan (above, left) and Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau (right) will assume the role of co-editors on June 1 following a competitive selection process coordinated by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime.

Jordan was an active member of the division when it proposed the founding of a journal focused on high-quality scholarship on race, ethnicity and justice. “We wanted the journal to be an outlet for innovative papers on a wide variety of contemporary race and ethnicity issues in crime and the criminal justice system,” Jordan recalled.

Sage launched Race and Justice in 2011. Since then it has published 14 issues under the guidance of inaugural editor Shaun Gabbidon, a professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg.

“We intend to carry on the same culture of excellence established by Shaun,” Jordan shared. “And we look forward to helping the journal reach new heights.”

Jordan and Gau plan to increase the journal’s visibility and boost the submissions of high-quality manuscripts, especially those with the potential to make lasting contributions to the discipline.

“We’ll invite submissions from authors who have published notable works on race and justice and from those who have perhaps not published specifically on race but whose area of study may offer prime opportunities to study race or ethnicity from new angles,” Gau said.

She and Jordan would like to see Race and Justice become included in the Web of Science, a well-regarded repository of multidisciplinary research data, books, journals, proceedings and patents. Information in the Web of Science is indexed and can be cited by researchers worldwide.

For now, one thing is certain: Gau and Jordan share the same goal — to make Race and Justice the premier outlet for race and justice issues.

Kareem Jordan, Ph.D., studies race and justice issues, and he regularly publishes on issues in juvenile justice. He is the co-author of “A Multilevel Analysis of Race on the Decision to Petition a Case in the Juvenile Court,” Race and Justice, April 2011 ( Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 185-201).

Jacinta Gau, Ph.D., focuses on social justice issues, particularly procedural justice and police legitimacy. She is the co-author “One Question Before You Get Gone . . .”: Consent Search Requests as a Threat to Perceived Stop Legitimacy,” Race and Justice, October 2012 (Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 250-273).

(Photo by Abi Bell)