Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Ebony Ruhland Takes Position as Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice

The Robina Institute is pleased and proud to announce that Ebony Ruhland, Research Director of the Probation Revocation Project and the Parole Release and Revocation Project, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati's School of Criminal Justice, where she will be teaching and conducting research on community corrections.

Professor Ruhland received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and her M.A. from St. Mary’s University. Previously, she was the Research Director for the Council on Crime and Justice, a nonprofit agency specializing in criminal justice research, policy, and direct service. Her research interests include examining how individuals, families, and communities are impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.

From Professor Kevin Reitz, Co-Director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: 

"In the probation and parole projects, Ebony Ruhland was the heart of the Robina Institute in our work with state and local jurisdictions, and as the leader of our research team in the home office. Her dedication to partnerships with policy makers and practitioners (so that research can have genuine value to criminal justice practice) was a guiding light for the Institute. It will no doubt be a defining feature of her work at one of the leading criminology programs in the country. We couldn't be more sorry to have Ebony leave us, or more thrilled about the next stage of her career."

While Professor Ruhland was at the Robina Institute, she led research efforts to determine why and how frequent people on probation and parole were revoked to prison. This research included conducting multiple interviews with probationers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, incarcerated individuals, probation officers, parole boards, and many other criminal justice stakeholders so that the Institute could present a complete picture of how probation and parole practices and revocations work in various jurisdictions. She led research efforts in rural communities in Texas and large urban jurisdictions in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York City. She authored or co-authored over a dozen reports or publications on that research and was invited to present those findings to court systems, judges, parole board chairs and members, attorneys, and many other criminal justice professionals.

The Robina Institute wishes Professor Ruhland much success in her new position, and we look forward to our continued collegial collaborations in criminal justice research.