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Shuntavia N. James

Shuntavia N. James is an Enrollment Management Specialist with a recent appointment as Criminal Justice Instructor to begin Fall ‘21 at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A scholar and social activist at heart, her courses center on criminal and social justice and African American heritage. In addition to teaching at Stillman, she lectures as an adjunct professor at Georgia Military College and American Intercontinental University. As an expert critical qualitative researcher and practitioner, her research interests include the intersectionality of race and class as it relates to college choice, minority-serving institutions, alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders, and the preservation of slave dwellings and their history. This Phenix City, AL native earned her B.A. in psychology (’15) from the Unsinkable Albany State University, where she also completed an M.S. in Criminal Justice (’16). Shuntavia is furthering her education as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia. With anticipated completion date during the 2021-2022 academic year. She is currently exploring through a critical lens what encourages Black men to attend predominantly Black institutions. Shuntavia is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. And a 2021-2022 GPA Fulbright Tanzania Fellow where she will study Swahili in Zanzibar, Moshi, and Dar es Salaam. When she is not lecturing or conducting research, she assists the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute in solving cold cases, traveling, and spending time with family.