Dr. Brian Chad Starks is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology Department at Lynchburg College. Dr. Starks is also an Associate Director of the Delaware Space Grant Consortium. He completed a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. His current research draws from the law and society tradition and is grounded in a concern for social justice. He focuses broadly on law and inequality and more specifically, uses courtroom and community ethnography to examine the relationship between law, race/ethnicity, crime and (in)justice.
In 1999, Dr. Starks opened B. Chad Bonding Company as a licensed bail bondsman. In 2001, Dr. Starks joined the faculty of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina as a full-time instructor in the Criminal Justice Department. In 2005, after more than six years in business, Dr. Starks closed B. Chad Bonding and left Benedict College to return to academia to pursue a Ph.D.
B. Chad Bonding
In 2006, Dr. Starks began work on his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. While at the University of Delaware, Dr. Starks became nationally certified as an Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program Instructor, which brings together undergraduate students and the incarcerated in a college course held in the prison. He taught the first Inside/Out course in Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, Delaware. In addition, Dr. Starks developed the Minority Mentor Lecture Series which brings in a scholar of color from the fields of Sociology, Criminal Justice and/or Criminology to discuss his/her work and provide mentoring and networking opportunities to graduate students in the department.
Dr. Starks defended his dissertation, “A Bail of Two Cities: Examining the First Criminal Court Phase – Atlanta vs. Philadelphia,” in August, 2012 before joining the faculty of Delaware State University as an Assistant Professor. In his dissertation, “A Bail of Two Cities: Examining the First Criminal Court Phase – Atlanta vs. Philadelphia,” Dr. Brian Chad Starks examined the social organizational structure of the bail systems of Atlanta and Philadelphia. Using in-depth interviews and courtroom ethnography, this project investigated the impact of the roles of individual courtroom workgroup members and group processes on the bail outcomes of the accused. Dr. Starks is currently expanding this research by conducting in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations with the accused and their families to understand the collateral consequences of the bail system in both cities.
As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Dr. Starks has participated in a number of service projects including the national talent hunt, scholarship and mentoring programs.