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Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor
(410) 951-6104
Health and Human Services Building
5th Floor
Room 515
Degree Type 1
Bachelors of Science
Degree Discipline 1
Criminal Justice
Degree University 1
University of Baltimore
Degree Type 2
Masters of Science
Criminal Justice
University of Baltimore
Doctor of Public Health
Public Health (Violence Prevention Focus)
Morgan State University

Johnny Rice II, Dr.PH., MSCJ serves as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Before joining Coppin, he worked as a senior program associate with the Supervised Visitation Initiative (SVI) at the Vera Institute of Justice. He has spent the past 22 years providing leadership, technical assistance, and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development, and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. Before joining Vera, he worked as a public administrator for the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR). At DHR, he served as the state administrator for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Domestic Violence Program, the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Program, and federal and state-funded Responsible Fatherhood programs.  His portfolio also encompassed Emergency Food and Homeless Services programs.  

Previously Dr. Rice held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Director of the nationally recognized Men's Services Responsible Fatherhood Program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. At CFUF, he assisted in developing a partnership with the House of Ruth Maryland Gateway Project, cited by Health and Human Services as one of the first collaborations in the nation between a responsible fatherhood service provider and a domestic violence abuser intervention program. Dr. Rice has served in the role of consultant, speaker, workshop presenter, and faculty member for the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Futures Without Violence, Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and other recognized governmental, social justice, and fatherhood organizations. He currently serves as Board President for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Dr. Rice is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Baltimore Alumni Chapter "The Benchmark". He resides in Maryland and is a proud husband and father.

Additional Background (Early Career):

Dr. Rice's past employment experience covers a significant cross-section of diverse areas. While employed as a foster care worker for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services Mr. Rice was given the task of the reunification of families. He would often assist in devising treatment plans for parents in efforts to strengthen the fragile family unit. He has worked at a secured residential treatment center as a youth counselor providing structure and guidance for adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges who were deemed suicidal, homicidal, and AWOL risks. As an addictions counselor within the Maryland correctional system, Dr. Rice worked with incarcerated inmates teaching classes in Moral Problem Solving and Relapse Prevention. Working in corrections exposed Dr. Rice to low-income noncustodial fathers who were in need of a comprehensive array of support services (i.e. ongoing substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling, child support issues, and access and visitation concerns). He actively pursued resources to meet fathers’ needs. Before entering Human Services, Dr. Rice was employed in various capacities in the field of safety and security in the private sector.

Epidemiological Criminology, Public Health, Race and Culture, Youth Delinquency, Victimology, Family Studies (Fatherhood and Child Welfare), Urban Sociology, and Qualitative Social Research.
Awards and Honors
  • “Certificate of Appreciation” Maryland National Guard (2020)
  • “Distinguished Alumni Award” Morgan State University (2016)
Professional Activities
  • 2018-Present: Criminal Justice Club (Advisor)
  • 2017-Present: Black Male Initiative Task Force (Member)
  • 2017-Present: Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast Celebration (CoChair)
  • 2019-Present: Centivintennial Committee (Member)
  • 2018-2020: University Curriculum Standards and Policy Committee 
  • 2018-2020: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) Program and Curriculum Committee Co-Chair (Member)
Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Recent Publications:

Rice J., West C.M., Cottman K., Gardner G. (2020) The Intersectionality of Intimate Partner Violence in the Black Community. In: Geffner R., Vieth V., Vaughan-Eden V., Rosenbaum A., Hamberger L., White J. (eds) Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62122-7_240-1

Jones-Eversley, S. D., Rice, J., Adedoyin, A. C., & James-Townes, L. (2020). Premature Deaths of Young Black Males in the United States. Journal of Black Studies, 0021934719895999.

Jones-Eversley, S. D., & Rice, J. (2020). A call for epidemiology and thanatology to address the dying, death, and grief pipeline among Blacks in the United States. Death Studies, 1-8.

Jones-Eversley, S. D., James-Townes, L., Rice, J., & Adedoyin, A. C. (2020). A pragmatic epidemiological approach to confronting the genocidal death effect of homicide and suicide among young Black males in the United States. Social work in public health, 1-21.



Title of Research Project: “Transforming Juvenile Justice Through Enhanced Curriculum and Educational Strategies at a Historically Black College and University”, Principal Investigator


Funded Project:  Quality Education Minority (QEM) Forum and Annie E. Casey Foundations  HBCU Initiative Project.  Amount Awarded: $2,500.00