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A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Lindsey Livingston Runell came to RU-N from East Stroudsburg, PA, to earn her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, graduating in May 2015.

I look forward to starting a tenure-track assistant professor of criminal justice position at Kutztown University in fall 2015.  As an academic, one of my main goals is to prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond just as my faculty mentors have done for me.

Activities & interests:
My research is focused on topics related to structural inequalities, former incarceration, reentry and desistance.  I am interested in conducting qualitative research, writing, teaching and developing courses in criminal justice.

Favorite class or professor at RU-N:
Dr. Jody Miller, my dissertation chair.

Biggest challenge at RU-N:
I started as a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice in fall 2010. One of the biggest challenges that I faced during this journey was balancing family and life obligations with school responsibilities. Over time, I developed efficient time management skills essential for academic success.

Reflections on RU-N experience: My experience as a student in the doctoral program at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice has been extremely rewarding.  Most importantly, I feel very prepared and confident in my ability to transition into a professional role.  This is largely due to the knowledge and skills that have been instilled upon me by the talented faculty members at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.  I feel privileged by this educational foundation and the relationships that I have formed along the way.

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen:
Be inspired and determined to shape your own future through engagement in higher education.

Expressions of gratitude:
I am grateful for the opportunity to receive a doctoral degree from Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and the invaluable experiences that I have gained along the way.   All of this would not have been possible without the guidance and mentorship of Drs. Jody Miller, Rod Brunson and Andres Rengifo.