Steven Keener - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Steven T Keener

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology - Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy

Steven Keener

Assistant Professor
Director of the Center for Crime, Equity and Justice Research and Policy

Luter Hall 166
(757) 594-7708


  • Ph D in Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MS in Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA in Political Science, Christopher Newport University


Criminology, Incarceration and Punishment, Deviant Behavior, Sociological Foundations, Criminal Justice Policy, Mental Health and Criminology


The Intersection of Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System, The Ramifications of Incarceration, The Reentry Process for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, Criminal Justice Policy


Dr. Steven Keener earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he specialized in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy. He earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from VCU and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Christopher Newport University. Dr. Keener primarily teaches Criminology, Incarceration and Punishment, and Mental Health, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System. His primary research interests include the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system, the ramifications of incarceration with a specific focus on the reentry process for formerly incarcerated individuals, and criminal justice policy. Dr. Keener is the Director of the Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy at CNU.

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