Vic Bumphus, PhD, is a professor of criminal justice in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He was formerly the Coordinator of the Africana Minor Program and Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy, which provided advanced training to law enforcement personnel from 2002-2015. Dr. Bumphus received his MA in criminology and urban studies from the University of Nebraska and a PhD from Michigan State University in social science -criminal justice and criminology. He has published articles on police accountability, criminal justice privatization, and community policing strategies, and sentencing disparity among other topics and has served as an independent police investigator.
Dr. Bumphus’ primary interest lies with police accountability, race, class, and gender disparity in the justice system, and criminal justice privatization. His published work has appeared in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime Law, and Society, Contemporary Law and Justice Journal, and Journal of Criminal Justice among others.