Candice Ammons-Blanfort


Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Justice | Gun Crime | Policing | Racial Disparities


Ph.D., Florida International University, International Crime and Justice, 2019
M.S., University of Tennessee, Criminal Justice, 2015
B.S., University of Tennessee, Criminal Justice, 2012


Office: Modesto Maidique Campus, PCA-252A
Phone: 305.348.9727


Dr. Ammons-Blanfort is an assistant teaching professor and Dual Enrollment and LEAP Director 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 on gun crime and assessed the correlation between race, firearm violence, and police. 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. Before 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.

Select Publications

Ammons-Blanfort, C., D’Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2023). Self-help and black firearm crime. Crime & Delinquency, 69(1), 178-207.

Meldrum, R. C., Jackson, D. B., Archer, R., & Ammons-Blanfort, C. (2018). Perceived school safety, perceived neighborhood safety, and insufficient sleep among adolescents. Sleep Health, 4(5), 429-435.