Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Department Chair, Associate Professor


Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards serves as the Department Chair and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. Dr. Edwards has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Journalism from Western Kentucky University and a MS in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. She has taught a variety of criminal justice courses, but her research and teaching interests center on the intersection of public policy and criminal justice with a specific focus on the field of corrections. In addition to a career in teaching, Dr. Edwards has held positions in probation and victim services. She serves Board President of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) and is an appointee to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB). She also serves on the statewide Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY) – the statewide Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) committee. Her most recent publications can be found in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Professional Issues in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, American Correctional Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Southern Criminal Justice Association.