Nicole Branch-Ellis, Ph.D.

Nicole Branch-Ellis, Ph.D. (Team Leader) is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Bowie State University. Dr. Branch-Ellis holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Sociology. She earned her doctorate in Sociology with specializations in Criminology and Urban Sociology from Howard University. Dr. Branch-Ellis teaches courses in criminal and juvenile justice, incorporating comparative international justice systems. Throughout her career, Dr. Branch Ellis has held a variety of research and youth advocacy positions with government agencies and non-profit organizations; the National Institute of Justice, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, Child Trends Incorporated and the National Crime Prevention Council. She has also volunteered with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Washington, DC. She has an interest in juvenile delinquency, justice reform, alternatives to incarceration, offender reintegration and recidivism, community-based research, and the healthy wellbeing of children and families, Dr. Branch-Ellis seeks to bridge research with real-world policy advocacy.