Areas of Expertise
Juvenile Justice | Gun Crime | Policing | Racial Disparities
Ph.D., Florida International University, International Crime and Justice, 2019
Office: Modesto Maidique Campus, PCA-252A
BiographyDr. Ammons-Blanfort is an assistant teaching professor and Dual Enrollment and LEAP Diretor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice (2019) from Florida International University (FIU). Her dissertation focused upon homogeneous gun crime and assessed the correlation between race, firearm violence, and police diversity. While matriculating through the graduate program at FIU, she worked as an adjunct instructor. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (2015) from the University of Tennessee where she taught courses as well. In addition to her departmental roles, Dr. Ammons-Blanfort is also on the Diversity Council for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). While in this capacity, she helped develop the Equity Action Initiative. Presently, she serves on the Attraction, Retention, and Engagement Committee where she, along with her colleagues, continue to develop initiatives and best practices for mentoring underserved and underrepresented minority groups at FIU and in the community.
Prior to academia, Dr. Ammons-Blanfort worked as an outreach program director for a non-profit organization. While serving in this capacity, she developed programs for high-risk adolescents who were prone to delinquency and violence. She is a certified victim advocate as well. Currently, she maintains the department’s online teaching resource guide and provides mentorship to first-generation college students.