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Criminal Justice Studies Student Accepted to PH.D. program at American University in Washington, DC

Jennifer Tilley

Jennifer L. Tilley, who graduated this Spring from EKU’s College of Justice and Safety with a MS in Criminal Justice Studies, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Justice, Law, and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC.  American University is an exceptionally difficult school to gain admission into, and Jennifer's award includes full tuition remission, an annual stipend, and annual funding for professional travel.  While completing graduate work at Eastern, Jennifer made five paper presentations at national conferences, including both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  She was also a co-recipient of the School of Justice Study’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award for 2014.  Jennifer’s thesis -- guided by Dr. Kevin Minor -- is titled “Social Class and Capital Punishment:  A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis.” Dr. Peter Kraska, Chair of the School of Justice Studies, noted that it is one of the best theses he has read in his 20 years at EKU. Ms. Tilley currently has several academic publications in press and in progress, including plans to convert her thesis into a University-press book manuscript.  She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Sociology from Concord University in Athens, WV in 2011.  Jennifer performed extensive community volunteer work for the underprivileged while an undergraduate.  She will begin doctoral work at American in August 2014, and is planning a career as a professor/researcher.


Published on May 19, 2014

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