Coates, Carla

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice

Phone: 757-464-6449 x 3411



  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology-Criminal Justice, Norfolk  State University
  • Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, Norfolk State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology-Crime and Deviance and Africana Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


Dr. Carla Denise Coates is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University. Dr. Coates earned her doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010, concentrating in crime and deviance and Africana studies. Her dissertation, “Predictors of Drug Treatment Completion Among Black Women: A Black Feminist Intersectionality Approach,” was unanimously nominated for the “Best Dissertation Award” and has received multiple fellowships, which include awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network (ESIN), and the University of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s "Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship." Dr. Coates has also served on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Justice and is a member of multiple criminology and criminal justice professional organizations. 

Community Affiliation:

  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  •  Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  •  Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society
  •  National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Statistics, research methods, and race and crime.

Professional Interests:
Sentencing disparity, digital forensics, substance use and addiction, and cybercrime.

Honors & Awards:

  • Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellowship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, 2008.
  • Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Fellowship sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2012.
  • Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Fellowship sponsored by the University of Michigan, 2012.
  • The Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute Fellowship, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Ohio State University, 2013.
  • Faculty of the Year, Norfolk State University, 2013.
  • Faculty Research Award, Shenandoah University, 2014.

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