Speaker, Writer, Critical Criminologist

Brian Chad Starks, Ph.D.




Dr. Brian Chad Starks is a speaker, writer and critical criminologist. Born and raised in “The Metro” – Columbia, South Carolina, he attended Richland County public schools and graduated from Columbia High School. Dr. Starks attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he played football and majored in Sociology. For more than twenty years, he has worked to build social justice and equity for individuals, organizations and communities. The former owner of B. Chad Bonding, Dr. Starks holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Dr. Starks defended his dissertation, “A Bail of Two Cities: Examining the First Criminal Court Phase – Atlanta vs. Philadelphia,” in August 2012. In his dissertation, Dr. Starks examined the social organizational structure of the bail systems of Atlanta and Philadelphia. He has been on the faculty at Lynchburg College, Delaware State University, and Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Starks also serves as an Associate Director with the Delaware NASA Space Grant Consortium where he works to increase minority student representation. In 2014, Dr. Starks was awarded the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award from the University of Delaware. This award honors individuals who have implemented diversity programs that resulted in a significant change to the culture and climate of the university. In 2016, Dr. Starks received the NAACP Civil Rights award from the Lynchburg, Virginia Branch. He was also inducted into the 2016 Wofford College Athletics Hall of Fame. Dr. Starks is an active member of his community, serving on the Boards of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Beacon of Hope. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. As CEO of BCS & Associates Consulting Firm, Dr. Starks travels around the country, speaking and teaching the truth about implicit bias, cultural competency, and structural inequality.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Speaking and Training Engagements:

April 20, 2018
The 2018 Search for Black Wealth, African-American Leadership Conference
Sacramento, CA

April 18, 2018
How to Create a Diverse and Inclusive Non-profit Organization
Lynchburg, Virginia

April 14, 2018
RISE Program, College of Engineering, University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware

March 30, 2018
Implicit Bias: Disrupting Your Perceptual Lens
Greenville, South Carolina

March 15, 2018
Be the Messenger: Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
Lynchburg, Virginia

February 27, 2018
Radio Interview
Diversity and Inclusion Workshops
WIQO Radio, Lynchburg, Virginia

February 23, 2018
Pick Up Some S.T.E.A.M and Get Excited About Space Grant
Wesley College, Dover, Delaware

11-14-17 The Rotary Club of Lynchburg, Virginia
10-10-17 City of Lynchburg Series of Trainings, Lynchburg, Virginia
9-14-17 National Council of Space Grant Directors’ Fall Meeting, Grand Forks, North Dakota
8-11-17 27th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Training & Development

Dr. Starks is a skilled facilitator who creates a challenging learning environment that changes lives. He offers a wide range of training programs addressing issues of social justice and equity for individuals, organizations and communities. Dr. Starks will work with you to develop a session that meets your specific needs.

Dr. Starks brings expertise in:
• Diversity and cultural competency
• Structural inequality and equity
• Minority recruitment and retention
• Youth and young adult mentoring

The Racial Threat Perspective In Our School Systems
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Being The Messenger - Addressing Structural Inequality in a “Post-Racial” Society
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Pursuing Social Justice Through Education and Criminal Justice Reform
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Dr. Starks has published works on the inequities in the bail system, disproportionate minority contact in the criminal justice system, the importance of service in education, the impact of teaching criminal justice courses in prisons, street-life oriented black boys’ attitudes towards education, and the willingness of the public to record police-citizen encounters.


Willingness to Record Police-Public Encounters: The Impact of Race and Social and Legal Consciousness.

Farmer, Ashley K.; Sun, Ivan Y. and Starks, Brian Chad. (2015).
Race and Justice.

Race and Three Strikes.

Starks, Brian Chad and Gundy-Yoder, Alana. (2014).
In S. W. Bowman (Ed.), Color Behind Bars: Racism in the U.S. Prison System, Vol. 2 (Pgs. 413-434).
Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Pushing the Envelope for Evolution and Social Change: Critical Challenges for Teaching Inside-Out.

Harvey, Angela; Van Gundy, Alana and Starks, Brian Chad (2013).
The Prison Journal Special Edition on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.

Outside the Comfort Zone of the Classroom.

Starks, Brian Chad; Harrison, Lana and Denhardt, Kathy (2011).
Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 22, 2, 203-225.

Racial Politics of Juvenile Justice Policy Support: Juvenile Court Worker Orientations Toward Disproportionate Minority Confinement.

Ward, Geoff; Kupchik, Aaron; Parker, Laurin and Starks, Brian Chad (2011).
Race and Justice, 1, 2, 154-184.

How Community-Oriented Policing Has Affected Minority Communities and What We Can Do About It

A Commentary By B. Chad Starks, PhD

Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders Book Review

Starks, Brian Chad (2016).
Criminal Justice Review, 41, 2, 240-241

The Inside-Out Experience: The Training Ground for Future Scholars

 Harvey, Angela and Starks, Brian Chad (2011).
American Sociological Association Footnotes, 39, 1.

Denying Bail is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Starks, Brian Chad (July 22, 2009).
Delaware News Journal, Op-Ed.

Contextualizing Black Boys' Use of a Street Identity in High School

Payne, Yasser Arafat;  Starks, Brian Chad and Gibson, Lamar (2009).
New Directions for Youth Development, 123, 35-51.

Strategies to Mend the Broken Fences Between Law Enforcement and Minority Communities.

Starks, Brian Chad (2018).
The African American Experience: The American Mosaic, ABC-CLIO.


Starks, Brian Chad (2017).
The Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, 1-5.




Contact Dr. Brian Chad Starks

Interact with Dr. Starks just once and you’ll immediately understand his commitment to issues of social justice and equity. His engaging style and commanding presence leads individuals, organizations and communities to higher levels of consciousness and action. For additional information, contact him below.