What Our Graduates are Saying...

Alyson Kershaw
Alyson Kershaw

Everyone in EKU’s criminal justice department truly cared about my well-being and my academic endeavors. The staff and faculty are compassionate and always helpful. I also enjoyed the variety of classes that were offered, and the addition of five new faculty was very refreshing. The students could see their energy and excitement about being there, teaching classes, and involving us in their research. They are a great addition to the faculty and will be an asset for years to come.

Alyson Kershaw
Criminal Justice Graduate Program
2012 Graduate

Justin Turner

Justin Turner

Hi, my name is Justin Turner and I am from Shelbyville, KY. I completed my undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University, and have just completed my Masters level work at EKU. After I graduate, I am attending Old Dominion University as a Ph.D. candidate in criminal justice and criminology. My focus has been the creation of imaginative geographies and their portrayal of an 'us' and 'them' boundary within crime. At EKU I did my thesis work titled The Framing of Neda: Orientalist Tropes the Imaginative Boundaries of Iran.

EKU’s criminal justice graduate program is a very unique place of learning, and just an amazing program. The professors are highly talented. The program was extremely well run and beneficial, and most importantly, the whole experience has been life changing.

Justin Turner
Criminal Justice Graduate Program
2012 Graduate

 

Carl Root

Carl Root

I'm ABD as of Spring 2012 and beginning my dissertation research on "Occupy Criminology".  I was the President of USF's Graduate Student Organization this past year and will be the student representative on the Graduate Committee and the department steward for the Graduate Assistant Union this coming year.  Just finished a book chapter, "We Shall Not Forget This: Colonial Racism in American Prisons" with Dr. Lynch, and finishing up a manuscript on the negotiated and constructed meanings of police use-of-force with Drs. Palacios and Ferrell, hopefully to shoot out for review in the next month.  Last year I was nominated for the Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year at EKU.  Have been awarded a Kreplick Fellowship and a Diversity Fellowship at USF and was also the recipient of the Tampa Bay Crime and Justice Grant for my dissertation.

 

Kristen Moore

From the start of criminal justice program I was challenged academically and pushed to develop my own interests.  Each professor that I had an opportunity to study under was actively involved in my education and academic development as a graduate student.  The education I received as a first year graduate student opened my eyes to the career opportunities within criminal justice.  The tools that I learned within the program as well as the vast knowledge of the criminal justice system that I received helped me to get hired by the Lexington Police Department.  Throughout the hiring process, I showcased my knowledge of the criminal justice system and its reciprocal relationship with city police departments.  Thanks to Eastern Kentucky criminal justice program I am starting my dream career at just 22 years old.  It goes to show the graduate education at EKU is a real asset when searching to for careers within criminal justice.

Published on January 01, 2013