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Jaya Davis is an Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Director in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her primary areas of research include juvenile justice and disproportionate minority contact, victimization, and criminal justice education. She holds a Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University. She obtained a Master's Degree in Criminology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, after serving six years in the United States Navy.
Dr. Davis is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Coordinator for Dallas County Juvenile Department, an Annie E Casey Foundation funded position. She serves on the advisory board for Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc. (G.E.M.), a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower young girls of incarcerated mothers by providing a support system and examples of successful women who have faced adversity.
Dr. Davis was invited to speak at a Congressional Subcommittee Briefing on Conditions of Youth in Confinement. Dr. Davis teaches a number of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including courses on ethics, juvenile justice and delinquency, institutional corrections, policy, and women and crime. She was a service-learning faculty fellow and institutes the pedagogy in many of her courses. Additionally, she is an IDEAS faculty fellow and utilizes experiential learning and high-engagement strategies.