Valerio Baćak, joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary research interest is in understanding how legal systems of punishment and control shape social inequality, especially inequalities in health. In addition to academic work, Valerio has consulted internationally on public health projects for various United Nations organizations. As a research and teaching fellow at the University of Zagreb, he studied youth sexuality and the social epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations. Originally from Croatia, Valerio received a PhD in Sociology and an MA in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Zagreb.