Recent Criminal Justice Grad Accepted into Prestigious Doctoral Program

Jennifer Tilley, Richmond, who earned a master’s degree in criminal justice studies at Eastern Kentucky University on May 10, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Justice, Law, and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

“American University is an exceptionally difficult school to gain admission into,” said Dr. Peter Kraska, chair of EKU’s School of Justice Studies, adding that Tilley’s award includes full tuition remission, an annual stipend, and annual funding for professional travel.

While completing graduate work at Eastern, Tilley 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 Studies’ Distinguished Graduate Student Award for 2014.

Her thesis – guided by Dr. Kevin Minor – was entitled “Social Class and Capital Punishment: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis,” and prompted Kraska to declare it “one of the best theses” he has read in his 20 years at EKU.

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 bachelor’s degree in sociology from Concord University in Athens, W.Va., in 2011 and performed extensive community volunteer work for the underprivileged while an undergraduate. She will begin doctoral work at American in August, and is planning a career as a professor/researcher.

Published on May 16, 2014