Dr. Travis Milburn, Green Criminology and Social Justice
Travis Milburn, a graduate of EKU’s Criminal Justice Master’s Program, has been awarded a PhD from Old Dominion University. His dissertation, entitled “Bakken Bombs: A Criminological Inquiry into the Lynchburg Train Derailment”, examined an oil train derailment in Lynchburg, VA. Using in-depth interviews, official documents, and media representations of the disaster, his dissertation analyzes the array of resultant victimizations experienced by the community and surrounding environment. The dissertation also considers how security rhetoric was used to obscure the threat of oil trains and other hazardous materials shipments to communities along train routes, which has complicated both preparedness and response to derailments while posing a serious risk to human and environmental health. Further, Dr. Milburn examined various identities within the community that helped shape the ways in which those most affected by the derailment made sense of the event in terms of criminality, negligence, and responsibility.
While at ODU, he served as a graduate assistant and taught several classes in criminology and criminal justice for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Currently, he is working on a project with EKU Alum Justin Turner that analyzes how security firms have advertised new security products used in school settings, such as bulletproof backpacks and whiteboards, to understand the implications of schools developing as a unique market for the security industry.
In August 2016, Dr. Milburn will join the Department of Sociology and Political Science at Tennessee Tech University as Assistant Professor of Sociology. He will be teaching Criminology, White Collar Crime, and Corrections. Additionally, he will continue his research in the areas of security, green criminology, and social justice.
Published on July 25, 2016