InstructorSharon Ostrow
521 Gladfelter Hall


Art and Justice, Victims, Criminological Theory


Sharon Costello Ostrow received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 1981. She received her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1983 and was a Doctoral Student from 1983 to 1988 at The Graduate School, Rutgers University. Sharon has taught Criminal Justice courses at Rutgers University in 1985-1986 and at Temple University (1984-1986; 2004-2013). Her current interests relate to art and justice, crime victims, criminal justice theory, community networks and criminal justice education. Her interests in art and justice lead to her involvement with the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program which includes participation in the Healing Walls Murals (The Inmates’ Journey and The Victim’s Journey), the Balanced and Restorative Justice Mural, Families Interrupted Mural and was part of the Mass Incarceration Symposium.

In addition, Sharon is a Board member of North Central Victim Services and a member of the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy. Part of her pedagogy involves the creative process and an experiential learning component in each of her classes. While teaching specific course content, Sharon strives to teach her students the importance of accessing information through multiple learning modalities and to develop competencies or skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Aside from teaching Criminal Justice, Sharon has been making art and taught art to children for 15 years. She has also painted two murals and was an assistant on two mosaic murals at a community center.


Courses Taught

  • Victims in Society
  • Nature of Crime
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Urban Minorities
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Art and Justice; Prisons in America
  • Violence, Crime and Justice
  • Introduction to Corrections and Criminal Justice Planning