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Sheetal Ranjan

Professor, Justice Studies

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Dr. Sheetal Ranjan is Professor of Justice Studies & Sociology at Montclair State University, USA and an internationally recognized expert on violence prevention and intervention, healthcare approaches to justice, and feminist approaches to justice. Her primary focus is applied and translational research.

Dr. Ranjan has procured seven point five million dollars in grant funding to establish community-based violence prevention and intervention programs and is founder of the Healthcare Approaches to Justice Collaborative at Montclair State University (

Her teaching interests are wide-ranging, including graduate and undergraduate courses in Research Methods, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial analysis of data, Community Violence, Domestic Violence, Victimology, and Juvenile Delinquency. She is an enthusiastic user of technology in pedagogy and believes that students should be equipped with the technological skills necessary to enhance performance in any sphere of life.

Dr. Ranjan is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division of Feminist Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. She is an expert on the global roster of UN Women - End Violence Against Women (EVAW). She has served American Society of Criminology (ASC) as an appointed member of the Policy Committee (2019-2022) and as past chair (2017-2019) of the Division on Women & Crime (DWC) (now called Division of Feminist Criminology). In her term as DWC’s chair, she led its First Congressional Briefing at the Capitol Hill and its first participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Annual CSW panels co-organized by her have yielded three co-edited thematic special issues on its priority and review themes, and a fourth one is in the works.

Dr. Ranjan is an advocate of public higher education serving on the Board of Trustees of Bergen Community College. Through her trusteeship, she is chair of New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC); and served as Northeast Regional Chair on the board of Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She is an appointed member of the New Jersey Sexual Assault Commission (2020), and has served on the Safe & Inclusive Learning Environment Working Group of the Office of The Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey (2019). She was Member of the Education Transition Team of Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, NJ (2014), and NJ Governor-elect Phil Murphy (2017).


Ranjan, S., Doumas, S., & Solhkhah, R. (2023) Presenting a Mass Violence Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents. Academic Psychiatry. (Accepted - June 2023)

Ranjan, S., Strange, C.C., Wojcik, M.L.T., Shah, A., & Solhkhah, R. (2023). Setting Up Violence Intervention Specialists for Success: Bridging the Gap Between Concept and Practice in Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs. The American Journal of Surgery.

Barberet, R., Ranjan, S., & Beichner-Thomas, D. (2023). Feminist approaches to justice: contributions to CSW66. Editors’ introduction. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 1-8.

Ranjan, S., Neudecker, C. H., Strange, C. C., Wojcik, M. L., Shah, A., & Solhkhah, R. (2023). Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs): making a case for qualitative evaluation designs. Crime & Delinquency, 69(3), 487-509.

Ranjan, S., & Dmello, J. R. (2022). Proposing a unified framework for coordinated community response. Violence against women, 28(8), 1873-1889.

Beichner, D., Barberet, R., & Ranjan, S. (2022). Prioritizing the Elimination of Violence Against Women Worldwide: Lessons From the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Guest Editors’ Introduction. Violence Against Women, 28(8), 1728-1735.

Ranjan, S., Shah, A.K., Strange, C.C. and Stillman, K. (2021). Hospital-based violence intervention: strategies for cultivating internal support, community partnerships, and strengthening practitioner engagement. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, online first.

Burgess-Proctor, A., & Ranjan, S. (2021). Bridging Divides to Advance Justice: A “Call to Conscience” for Criminology. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 37 (2), 152–165.

Dmello, J. R., & Ranjan, S. (2020). Lock unlock: the impact of COVID-19 on health security in Pakistani and Indian prisons. Victims & Offenders, 15(7-8), 970-987.

Ranjan, S., Barberet, R., Beichner, D., & Arnull, E. (2020). Special Issue. The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63. Guest Editors’ Introduction. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(1), 1-6.

Ranjan, S. (2020). Domestic violence legislation in Greece: Analysis of penal mediation. Women & Criminal Justice, 30(1), 42-68.

Petropoulos, N., Fotou, E., Ranjan, S., Chatzifotiou, S., & Dimadi, E. (2016). Domestic violence offenders in Greece. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10(4), 416-431.


Barberet, R., Ranjan, S. & Beichner, D. (Eds.). (2023). Feminist Approaches to Justice: Contributions to CSW66. (Special Issue). International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Beichner, D., Ranjan, S. & Barberet, R., (Eds.). (2022). Reflections from the CSW65 (Special Issue). Violence Against Women.

Burgess-Proctor, A., & Ranjan, S. (Eds.). (2021). Connecting Research, Policy & Advocacy to Improve Justice (Special Issue). Journal of Contemporary Criminology. 37 (2).

Ranjan, S., Barberet, R., Beichner, D., & Arnull, E. (Eds.). (2020). The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63 (Special Issue). International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Ranjan, S. & Bugess-Proctor, A. (2018). Translating Research to Policy: Improving Justice for Women & Girls (Special Issue). Translational Criminology. 16. Winter.


Violence; Victimization; Violence Prevention and Intervention; Coordinated Community Response; Healthcare Approaches to Justice; Feminist Approaches to Justice; Applied Research; Translational Research