Dr. Bakhitah Abdul-Ra'uf

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Study Abroad Program Faculty Director

  • Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • M.A., Antioch University
  • B.S., Cheyney State University

Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf joined the Radford University faculty in 1993.


Office: CHBS Building, Room 5027
Phone: 540-831-6338
Email: bbabdulr@radford.edu


Dr. Bakhitah Abdul-Ra’uf is a Socio-Cultural and Applied Anthropologist, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Her research interest includes Police-Community Relations, Social Justice Mediation (training certificate, U of Mass, Amherst), Shari’a (Islamic Law) and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. She has worked with the police in Virginia and Florida where she conducted ethnographic studies. The Florida study included attending the police academy as a full participant observer. She has also observed the Auckland New Zealand Police while living with a Maori (indigenous population) family. Dr. Abdul-Ra’uf has observed both the Finnish Police in Joensuu, Finland, and students/recruits at the Police College of Finland in Tampere, Finland. While at the Police College of Finland, she presented research that she conducted with the Blacksburg, VA Police Department. Graduate courses taught include, Social Awareness, Qualitative Research Methods and a number of seminars including, Understanding Police Organizations.

Recent Professional Activities

  • Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf presented a paper at the XV World Congress of the International Study for Criminology in Barcelona, Spain in July, 2008.
  • In 2008, Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf completed training in Social Justice Mediation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  The training allows Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf to serve as a mediator in the area of social justice.
  • "Roles of Disengagement: Race, Crime, and Imprisonment - the Transformation of an African American New Worldview."  Article under review.
  • Abdul-Ra’uf, B.  & Newman, F.  (Accepted).  Is Racial Profiling of African Americans a Police Resource?   In Larry Hoover. (Ed.).  Challenging American Police: A Reader  for 21st   Century American Police: A Reader for the 21st Century.
  • "Examining Blasphemous Physical Depictions of the Prophet Mohammad." Paper Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Meetings, 2007, Seattle, Washington.
  • "U.S. Police/African-American Community Relations and Racial Profiling: Doing Anthropology at Home."  ERCES Online Quarterly Review, 3(1).
  • “Police Subculture and Racial Profiling: Doing Anthropology at Home.”  Paper Presented at the European and International Research Group on Crime, Ethics and Social Philosophy (ERCES), 2006, Borovetz, Bulgaria.