Bryce Kushmerick-McCune

Bryce Kushmerick-McCune

Bryce Kushmerick-McCune

Graduate Research Assistant

Institutional corrections, solitary confinement, prison culture, prison organization and management, sociology of punishment, penal history

Bryce is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Yasemin Irvin-Erickson. Her research interests include corrections, solitary confinement, prison culture, prison organization and management, sociology of punishment, and penal history.

Under the supervision of Dr. Irvin-Erickson, she is involved in a project that considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic violence risk factors. 

As an undergraduate student, Bryce worked as a Research Assistant with Dr. Danielle Rudes at Mason’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!). Bryce continues to volunteer at ACE! and is involved in a variety of projects, most prominently, a project that considers coping mechanisms of carceral residents living in restricted housing units (solitary confinement). Most recently, Bryce worked on the I.M. Justice B.H. study, which considers justice and behavioral health implementation efforts on a national scale.

Prior to her graduate education, Bryce earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University. In addition, she volunteered with the non-profit organization Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources of Northern Virginia (OAR NOVA). OAR assists individuals who have recently been released from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. In this position, she assured that clients were given the resources they need to succeed after release, as well as instructed a shoplifting prevention program class in collaboration with the Fairfax County Courthouse. Bryce will earn her M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University as a component of her doctoral degree.

Education

B.S., Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University