Wilder School criminal justice faculty Brad Lehmann selected for the 2023 Oxford University Summer Research Institute
Each year the Global Education Office, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, solicits applications from VCU faculty for participation in Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute. The Summer Research Institute is an opportunity for faculty to enhance a research project through a week of focused study. For the last 15 years, Harris Manchester College has had the pleasure of hosting an annual Summer Research Institute (SRI). The SRI is a program that assembles faculty from around the world and from different disciplines to come together and engage in an intense and stimulating research week.
This, in addition to being a personal interest, will hopefully connect in teaching, research, community partnerships in an overall, systems-connected approach to learning in study and pursuit of justice." – Brad Lehmann
This year, Wilder School faculty member Brad Lehmann Ph.D from the Criminal Justice Department has been selected to represent VCU at the Summer Research Institute. While at Oxford, Dr. Lehmann will be designated as a Visiting Fellow of Harris Manchester College and intends to utilize the Bodleian Law Library for its unique insight for criminal justice and the law to access the materials that are not readily available to scholarship in the United States to continue scholarship into the historical foundations of justice and society.
"This project has a vast impact potential at VCU for students and partnerships with the surrounding stakeholders in RVA,” to Lehmann said.
He hopes that the project "will increase my breadth of knowledge allowing me to dive deeper into the roots of colonialism and the common law influence of criminal justice and the law. This, in addition to being a personal interest, will hopefully connect in teaching, research, community partnerships in an overall, systems-connected approach to learning in study and pursuit of justice."
As a relatively new faculty member to the Wilder School, Lehmann is already playing an instrumental role in supporting students' access to career opportunities. He recently moderated the criminal justice program "Uncuffing a Criminal Justice Degree: Exploring Non-Policing Career Paths", non-policing careers at a student event featuring alumni panelists working in the fields of community corrections, victimology, juvenile justice, reentry, and criminal intelligence who share their experiences and tips for gaining employment.