April 23, 2021 Webinar

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April 23, 2021 Webinar

Social Justice Data

NJCU’s Professional Security Studies and Criminal Justice departments are offering a free webinar entitled:

Domestic Extremism and Social Justice: Using Data to Chart a Course Forward

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

The objective of this free webinar is to illustrate how data can help us better understand domestic extremism and social justice. Participants will be introduced to Tableau a visual analytics platform transforming the way people use data to solve problems. By downloading the free Tableau software, participants will be able to learn in real-time how to chart a course forward and learn how data can help them better understand patters in domestic extremism and social justice. 

Instructors: Dr. Scott Fisher and Dr. Ester Nir.


Tableau is free and works on both Mac and Windows, but not Chromebooks. The data file selected is purposely small and able to run effectively on older computers. A computer is key, the software does not work on iPads or similar.

You do not need any specific math skill set to use Tableau. A willingness to learn a new software program is the only perquisite to participate in the webinar.

This webinar is open to the NJCU community and is designed for undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff…

  • who have an interest in social justice, domestic extremism, or data analysis
  • who would like to learn the hard skill of Tableau – an in-demand skill by many employers.
  • Students majoring in security studies, criminal justice, political science and other related fields.

Questions answered during this webinar include: 

  • How can you use data to help advance social justice?
  • Is domestic extremism increasing or decreasing?
  • Which ideology is most prevalent?
  • Which groups commit the most acts?
  • Where in Jersey do most extremist incidents occur?
  • What is null data?
  • Why is it important to understand the source and methods for classifying data?
  • What are the legal considerations when considering targeting, investigating, arresting groups that commit violent acts?

More About the Faculty

Scott Fisher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(201) 200-2148

Scott is an assistant professor focusing on national and international security. Prior to his PhD studies at Rutgers University, he received an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MA in Korean and International Studies from Seoul National University in South Korea. His research focus is on information warfare, U.S. national security challenges in East Asia, and open source intelligence. Prior to joining NJCU, Scott worked as a crisis management analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, deployed to Iraq as a Department of Defense civilian, and served tours in Afghanistan and East Africa as an Army Reserve officer.

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Esther Nir, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Esther Nir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Jersey City University. She also teaches in the Honors Program and serves as NJCU’s Mock Trial Team coach. Dr. Nir received her Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She served as a prosecutor in Queens County, New York for over 13 years. Her research interests include sentencing disparities, policing, criminal procedure, and community engaged learning initiatives. In connection to her policing work, Dr. Nir served as a member of the DOJ/City of Newark Assessment team and performed a study on police stops, searches and seizures in Newark. Dr. Nir specializes in qualitative methods and interviews judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys in connection to her research efforts. Her research can be found in various criminal justice and research methodology journals including The British Journal of Criminology, The International Journal of Social Research Methodology, International Journal of Police Science and Management, The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (forthcoming), among others.