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-251A
Professor Ammons-Blanfort is an assistant teaching professor 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 inner racial gun crime and assessed the correlation between race, firearm violence, and police diversity. While she matriculated through the graduate program at FIU, she worked as a Digital Assistant and adjunct instructor. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (2015) from the University of Tennessee where she taught courses as well.
Prior to academia, Professor 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.