About The Authors


K. Babe Howell, Associate Professor, teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, and Lawyering. A graduate of Harvard College, Professor Howell received her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Snow Public Interest Scholar.

Professor Howell's scholarship focuses on the intersection of the criminal justice system and race. In particular, she writes on the policing of minor offenses and the impact these prosecutions have on the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and communities of color. 

Professor Howell previously taught the Criminal Justice Clinic at Hofstra School of Law and was Associate Director at the NYU School of Law Lawyering Program.  Before joining academia, Professor Howell was a practicing trial lawyer in the area of criminal defense in New York City for eight years. During this time, she worked at both The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan and at The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Babe can be reached at babe.howell@law.cuny.edu.


Priscilla Bustamante, M.A. is in the process of obtaining a PhD in Critical Social Psychology at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her research broadly focuses on the impacts of state-sanctioned dehumanization; the policing of race, class, gender and sexuality; and the critical psychology of privilege, oppression and resistance. Her work on cumulative dehumanization and discretionary arrests has been published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass and Race and Justice.

She is the recipient of the 2018 Lightner Witmer Award for Psychology and Law, as well as the Presidential MAGNET Fellowship, Advanced Research Praxis Fellowship, Digital Initiatives Connect New York Fellowship, and the Dean K. Harrison Research Award at the City University of New York. Prior to graduate school, she obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University, and worked for several non-profit community organizations in New York City.

Priscilla can be reached at pbustamante@wesleyan.edu.