Department of Criminal Justice, North Carolina AT&T State University, NC, USA
Carla D. Coates is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. Coates has a diverse research and teaching portfolio, which includes cybersecurity, cybercrime, data science, and substance use disorders among Black women. Dr. Coates is the co-editor of a new book: Women, Minorities, and Criminal Justice, which uses an intersectionality approach to discuss how race and racialization impact power relations in society. The book also features her research on police militarization and the use of SWAT in communities of color. Dr. Coates is an affiliate of the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach (CREO) at North Carolina A & T. She has served on the advisory board of the Office of Justice Programs National Criminal Justice Reference Services (NCJRS). Dr. Coates is the Chair of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Critical Criminal Justice Section. She is the Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellowship recipient, Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics Fellowship, and the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Fellowship (ESIN). Dr. Coates is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society for the Computing and Information disciplines and the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Dr. Coates is currently developing cybersecurity and cyber technology programs to increase diversity in STEM at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) by creating programs that appeal to women and other underserved and economically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Coates received her Ph.D. in Sociology (Crime and Deviance) and Africana Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).