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Melinda Tasca, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Melinda Tasca
Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University

Dr. Melinda Tasca is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. She earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on correctional policy, the collateral consequences of incarceration, as well as disparities in the criminal justice system. Her work has been published in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Punishment and Society. Dr. Tasca and Dr. Jillian Turanovic were awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in restrictive housing placements of incarcerated individuals.

Her research under the Graduate Research Fellowship focused on correctional policy; incarceration and families; and race and ethnicity, gender, and crime. The Graduate Research Fellowship I received has opened the door to collaborations with criminal justice agencies to further explore prison visitation and its effects on inmates and families, she says. I am grateful for this award, as it provided me with time to focus on my research and an opportunity to share my work with a national audience.