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Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad, PhD

Title: Director of Undergraduate Criminology Program
Company: Howard University
Location: Irvington, New Jersey, United States

Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Criminology Program at Howard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminology education.

With more than 15 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Muhammad has excelled in multiple positions at Howard University since 2013, including as the director of the undergraduate criminology program, a tenured associate professor of criminology and a freshman seminar curator. Prior to this appointment, she served as a community re-entry specialist with The Gift Horses between 2012 and 2013. She was previously active as a research associate with Family Success Centers from 2008 to 2009, a postdoctoral fellow at The New School from 2009 to 2010, a researcher with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 2004 to 2011 and the director of college-bound consortium at Drew University from 2010 to 2011. Dr. Muhammad began her career as a fellow of the Eagleton Institute of Politics from 2006 to 2007 and Leadership Newark from 2007 to 2009.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Muhammad pursued an education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completing coursework in family law and international justice in 2001. She continued her academic efforts with a Bachelor of Arts in the administration of justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2002. Soon thereafter, she obtained a Master of Science in corrections administration from John Jay College, part of the City University of New York system, in 2004. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Muhammad concluded her studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, from which he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in criminal justice in 2011.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Dr. Muhammad has accrued several accolades throughout her career. In 2020, she was recognized as the Professor of the Year by the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences. Likewise, she was presented with the Academic & Teaching Excellence Award and a Human Rights Award from the New Jersey Education Association. Dr. Muhammad was further honored by the Federal Bureau of Prisons with a Community Service Award and a Volunteer of the Year Award.

Dr. Muhammad attributes her success to her faith, her parents, and her education. Inspired by a “Prisons and People” course over the course of her higher education, she has been additionally driven by her methodological understanding of the criminal justice system. Among the many highlights of her career, she is incredibly proud of her appointment as the president of Dr. Muhammad Experience Inc., as well as the radical pedagogy and the curriculums that she created that now speak for themselves through the individuals involved. Looking toward the future, Dr. Muhammad hopes to bring her classes and experiences to scale while also traveling with the Dr. Muhammad Experience Inc. across the nation to help universities, institutions, department education, and the Department of Corrections to reimagine education and create transformative curriculums.

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