Academic Profile


Dr. J. Renee Trombley currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Lincoln University of Missouri. Prior to Lincoln, Dr. J. Renee worked as an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at Southern University of New Orleans. She received her PhD in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University, and prior graduate coursework was completed at the University of Kansas City, Missouri where she received her M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She also has a A.A. with a focus on Juvenile Justice. Dr. J. Renee has gained extensive experience working in the field of community-based social support, with community correctional agencies, and volunteering on various community-based projects.

Dr. Trombley’s research interests include restorative justice, peacemaking criminology, and violence/homicide among youth. Particular interest is focused on exposure to community violence variables. Immediate plans include advancing an active research agenda that explores the potential for utilizing peacemaking practices in reducing levels of community violence and reducing the harm associated with exposure to community violence. Dr. Trombley is also currently examining possibilities for programming at the campus level to deal with the impact of exposure variables on quality of student life. Several smaller research projects include exploring convict criminology and gender bias, forming a new dialogue on race and identity, college student’s attitudes on drug policy, and university level support for restorative justice programs.

Dr. J. Renee is committed to service and has worked to develop restorative justice based initiatives at her last two places of employment. She has also expressed plans to continue this adventure while teaching at Lincoln University. She has served as the Coordinator for the Restorative Justice Initiative at Prairie View A&M, and while at Southern University of New Orleans she encouraged students to form a Restorative Justice Student Organization and the SUNO Chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, both of which she served as faculty advisor for. Dr. J. Renee currently sits on several committees at Lincoln University of Missouri and is a member of the Advisory Council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. She continues to produce and present original research at national conferences and is currently working on several pieces for publication.