The Criminology, Law and Society Department has generously provided opportunities to advance my career in research, teaching, and professional development through faculty collaboration, lecturing, department-wide events, and courses like the Professionalization Seminar.
As a research assistant, I have been able to work closely with several counties in the United States attempting to reform parts of the criminal-legal system, and to be able to be a part of that and contribute to the betterment of the system through the research I do is incredibly rewarding.
Mason's Criminology, law and society doctoral program has advanced both my development as a researcher and professional development broadly. Unlike other criminology programs, Mason's emphasis on policy and practice has made me a competitive candidate in positions that work directly with criminal justice practitioners.
Currently, my academic interest and area of research revolve around wrongful convictions. Particularly, the aftermath of wrongful convictions and how these injustices negatively affect exonerees as they attempt to rebuild their lives post-release.
Faculty members are eager to mentor students, which has allowed me to co-author papers, attend conferences, and make connections across the country. I cannot imagine having chosen a better program for my doctoral studies.
As someone with research experience in policing and professional experience in the courts, it was difficult for me to limit my interests to any particular area of criminology. Mason's Criminology, Law and Society doctoral program encouraged me to pursue both.