Dr. Lindsey Upton Joins the Faculty at Tennessee Tech

Dr. Lindsey Upton Joins the Faculty at Tennessee Tech

Lindsey Upton, a graduate of EKU’s Criminal Justice Masters Program, has been awarded a PhD from the Old Dominion University.  Her dissertation is entitled “Care, Control, or Criminalization? Discourses on Homelessness and Social Response”. It examined political and media interest in homelessness in New York City from 1970-2012. Her dissertation expands research on the politics of homelessness and responses to it through mediated images. It examines how homelessness is conflated to a crime and social control problem that ultimately furthers intervention in ways which blur the boundaries of care, control, and criminalization, from shelter and housing systems to the streets. Her future work will continue to explore homelessness and social justice issues, as well as various projects found within crime and media studies.  

In 2016, Dr. Upton worked with ODU Women’s Center to successfully coordinate a multi-college campus-wide series to raise awareness on issues of sexual violence found across campuses and in the military. While completing her degree, she served on the Preparing Future Faculty Committee, Norfolk Reentry Council, Norfolk Juvenile Reentry Council, and a variety of projects with Norfolk’s Office to End Homelessness and The Planning Council. She was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in 2016 for her efforts, making this the first awarded to doctoral students.

In August 2016, Dr. Upton will join the Department of Sociology and Political Science at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville Tennessee as Assistant Professor of Sociology. She will be teaching Deviancy and Juvenile Delinquency courses. There, she will continue her research in crime and media studies and community engagement on issues of homelessness and social justice.

Published on July 11, 2016

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