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Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya

Title: Director of Criminology Program
Company: Howard University
Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, director of the criminology program at Howard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in historical sociology and criminology.

With a rich academic background and diverse professional experience spanning over two decades, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya has established himself as a leading scholar and educator in the fields of historical sociology and criminology. He embarked on his educational journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Latin American studies from Drew University in 1998. Furthering his dedication to understanding societal dynamics, he pursued advanced degrees, obtaining a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in historical sociology from Binghamton University in 2007 and 2014, respectively.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya has held a multitude of academic and leadership roles, each contributing to his extensive expertise and impact in the fields of sociology, criminology, and historical studies. He began his career as a middle school teacher in Newark, New Jersey, and South-Central Los Angeles, where he served from 1998 to 2003. Following this, he transitioned to academia, assuming the role of adjunct professor in the department of sociology and program of Latin American and Caribbean studies at Binghamton University, where he taught from 2003 to 2015.

In 2015, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya expanded his academic horizons by serving as a visiting professor in Africana studies at Hamilton College, a role he held until 2016. Subsequently, he joined Brooklyn College as an assistant professor in Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, a position he held with distinction until 2021. During his tenure at Brooklyn College, he made significant contributions to scholarship and community engagement, exemplifying his commitment to social justice and interdisciplinary research.

In 2022, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya’s academic journey took him to the University of the West Indies at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, where he served as a Fulbright Scholar and researcher. This prestigious appointment allowed him to immerse himself in research and collaboration with scholars in the Caribbean, further enriching his scholarly pursuits. Building on this experience, he assumed the role of assistant professor in sociology and criminology at Howard University in 2021, concurrently serving as the director of the criminology program since 2023.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya has been actively engaged in civic and creative endeavors. He serves on the boards of prominent organizations such as the Incarceration Nations Network, National Medical Fellowships, and Peace and Justice, Pakistan, demonstrating his dedication to addressing pressing social issues. Furthermore, he has contributed to scholarly discourse through his creative works, including authored book chapters and articles in esteemed publications such as Louisiana State University Press and Diálogo.

Looking ahead, Dr. Ortiz-Minaya is poised to further his impact on a global scale. In the coming years, he plans to pursue a law degree with a focus on international law, aiming to contribute to international organizations like the United Nations. Additionally, he envisions establishing a think tank to foster collaboration among scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders in addressing critical issues in criminal justice and the rule of law.

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