Khadija M. Monk is an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles. She was previously on the criminal justice faculty at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Her areas of specialization are environmental criminology, crime patterns, community violence prevention, police-community relations, policing, crime policy, victimology, and disparities in the criminal justice system. Specifically, she examines crime prevention initiatives and their policy implications in urban environments. While working as a research associate with the University of Cincinnati Policing Institute, Monk traveled across Ohio helping cities to implement an antiviolence campaign based on the Boston Gun Project, referred to as the Ohio Community Initiative to Reduce Violence. In addition, she worked on the Uptown Consortium Project with Justin Heinonen. Monk also worked as a community crime analyst for Cincinnati's Community Police Partnering Center. This organization sought to improve the relationship between the police and high-crime communities in an effort to address crime and disorder problems. Monk holds a bachelor's degree in both psychology and criminal justice, and a master's degree and doctorate in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.