MA in Criminology, Law and Society

Muneeba Azam, 2020

Muneeba Azam

Tell us about your thesis/dissertation project. Who did you work with and what did you study?

My thesis focused on understanding citizen perceptions in a rural area. I wanted to see if concepts relating to collective efficacy and procedural justice generalize well to a non-urban area. I worked with Dr. Gill, Dr. Yang, and Dr. Houston and they were absolutely excellent and encouraged me to think outside the box. 

Why did you choose the MA/PhD program at Mason?

I chose Mason's MA/PhD program for two specific reasons. The first reason is because of the relationships I established with professors during my undergrad. Mason's faculty is one of the most caring and these relationships mattered a great deal to me. The second reason is due to the program's focus on both theory and practice. Some criminology programs focus heavily on one or the other without a lot of room for movement and it was important to me that my research has both theory and practice implications. 

What was your favorite class in the program and why?

My favorite class in the program has been Evidence-Based Crime Policy with Dr. Lum. I learned so much about criminology in such a short amount of time and Dr. Lum is very empowering for her students. Her ability to break down complex information is unmatched and I still find myself referring to her briefs. 

What advice would you give to an incoming cohort of graduate students?

My piece of advice for incoming students is to ask questions and speak up. One of the best ways I got familiar with theories was by talking to others in my cohort and asking questions during class. 

What accomplishments during your time at Mason are you most proud of?

The accomplishment I am most proud of has been being the first in my family to graduate with an undergraduate and graduate degree. 

What are you doing now/what do you plan to do with your degree?

I am currently in the process of obtaining my PhD in Criminology, Law and Society at Mason.