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Meet the Team

Program director and principlal investigator Dr. Annika AndersonAnnika Anderson, Department Chair Sociology

Dr. Annika Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, where she teaches classes on deviant behavior, criminology, reentry, and race and ethnic relations. She received her B.A. in Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University. Her research interests are in developmental and life-course criminology, reentry, social stratification, and race and ethnic relations. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and has several publications on crime and reentry based on research conducted in San Bernardino.

 

Michael Griggs, Program Coordinator

Michael Griggs is a prison abolitionist and social justice advocate. Growing up in a high school filled with racial tension and gang activity, Michael drifted toward negative peer influences and became involved with criminal activity. During his senior year of high school, he was sentenced to the California prison system with a seven-year sentence. During his imprisonment, education became the escape from his incarcerated reality. He received his high school diploma, became certified as an electronic technician, took self-help classes, and received his Associate degree in Social and Behavioral Science. Michael now holds a Bachelor’ degree in Social Justice from Pitzer College. He has spoken on various panels at universities around the state about the intersections of access, higher education, and justice. Today, Michael is the Outreach Coordinator for Project Rebound at CSUSB, where he is working to grow the program by assisting system-impacted students in achieving their higher educational goals.