Dr. Maisha Cooper is an affiliate professor. with the Center for Justice Research and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. (2018) from Sam Houston State University; a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology (2011) from the University of Central Missouri. She is a proud wife and mother of three, and a veteran of the United States Navy. Her primary areas of research include Juvenile Justice (courts and corrections), criminal justice and social diversity (i.e., race and crime), faith-based programming, the religiosity/crime relationship, program evaluations, and promoting diversity in the criminal justice field. Additional interests include restorative justice, theory, and society's perception and response to crime and criminal behaviors. Her recent work has appeared in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Justice Quarterly, and Crime & Delinquency, among others.