Outstanding Graduate Service Award Criminology, Law and Society

This award is given each year to an MA, MS, or PhD student in our program who exemplifies service to the department, college, university, and/or community.

2024 Awardees

Dyja Harrington

Dyja Harrington

Dyja Harrington is a master’s student and a research assistant with Dr. Redlich in the MODLIS Lab. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Criminal Justice from George Mason University, a journey she began after earning her B.S. in Criminology, Law, and Society with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology in 2023. Her academic journey and research experience have equipped her with a deep understanding of the field, which she is eager to share with others.

Her current research focuses on areas such as juvenile rehabilitation, juvenile delinquency, school violence, mental illness and crime, prison development, and reducing recidivism rates. These are just a few of the many areas of criminal justice that she finds fascinating, and she is always open to exploring new topics and expanding her research interests.


Harrington, D. (2022). Inside the workings of private prisons. The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, 1-6. https://www.gmuace.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Private-Prisons-Harrington.pdf