Areas of Expertise:
Correctional policy; Collateral consequences of incarceration; Disparities in punishment; Race/ethnicity, gender, crime, and justice


Melinda Tasca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. Her research focuses on corrections, the collateral consequences of incarceration, and disparities in the criminal justice system. Her recent work has appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Punishment and Society, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Dr. Tasca has extensive experience collaborating with correctional agencies and leading large projects aimed at advancing research, policy, and practice. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Sam Houston State University's (SHSU) Enhancement Research Grant Program.