Our conference team consists of members of our Graduate Student Organization of Criminology and Sociology and members of our faculty within our Criminal Justice & Sociology Department at Old Dominion University
Stephen Toppings Young
Stephen Toppings Young is a 4th year doctoral student at Old Dominion University. He received his Bachelor's degree from Marshall University in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in American Indian Studies in 2010, along with his Master's Degree in Criminology in 2012. His research interests include rural criminology, juvenile delinquency (with emphasis on rural populations) and the relationship between crime and the media. His current projects revolve around the use of the "white trash" label to enforce punitive policies against rural populations and the media's impact on domestic violence in rural populations.
Brian Pitman is a 2nd year doctoral student at Old Dominion University. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in American Indian Studies in 2012, and his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Criminology and Public Sociology in 2015. His research interests include police-involved homicides and American Indian victimization. His current projects revolve around the politics of violence against and by the police, and the social movement #NativeLivesMatter.
Joy Camacho is a third year doctoral student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. She earned her MS in Criminology at the University of South Florida and her Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communication from Ohio University. Her research interests include carceral studies, popular culture, and social justice. Her most recent publication on the excessive use of the death penalty in North Carolina appears in Justice Quarterly (2016).
Kaitlyn J. Robison
Kaitlyn J. Robison is a doctoral student and instructor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Her work broadly explores how inequality is reproduced structurally, particularly for young people, and often involves enmeshment with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. She has specific interests in youth studies, critical education studies, and carceral studies. She recently received the Division on Critical Criminology's graduate student paper award. Her most recent publications appear in Women & Criminal Justice and International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.
Sarah Pedgio is currently a Doctoral student of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Her research interests lie in qualitative methods, state crime, and violent extremism. She has recently completed research on United States interventions in Iraq and Syria and the subsequent rise of ISIS under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Rothe.
Caitlin G. Lynch is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University and a former police officer. Her research focuses on police and society and police culture. Her work has appeared in Critical Criminology and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management.
Asha Ralph, a native of Gatesville, NC is a 2nd year doctoral student within the Department of Criminal Justice. She attended North Carolina Central University where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, her research interests broadly include juvenile delinquency, focusing on topics of Disproportionate Minority Contact, disparities within public school discipline and violence among girls.
Leslie-Dawn Quick is a doctoral student and instructor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. She received her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University in 2012 and her Bachelor's of Science from Methodist University in Mass Communications and History in 2006. Her research interests include exploring the abuses Veteran's face from the Department of Veteran's Affairs within a state crime framework, media images and crime, and animal abuse.
Dr. Vanessa R. Panfil
Vanessa R. Panfil is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Her research explores how intersections of gender and sexuality structure individuals' experiences with gangs, crime, victimization, and the criminal juvenile justice systems. She is centrally involved in developing the emerging field of queer criminology, and coedited Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice (Springer, 2014). Her book, The Gang's All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members, is forthcoming (NYU Press, 2017).
Dr. Randy Myers
Randy Myers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. His work examines the relationship between inequality and violence, community-derived alternatives to the criminal legal system, and the lived realities of youth justice. Among other outlets, his work has appeared in Youth Justice, Social Justice, Theoretical Criminology, the British Journal of Criminology and the Prison Journal. Along with Tim Goddard, he is working on a book entitled Youth, Community and the Struggle for Social Justice, which will appear on Routledge in 2017.
Dr. Mona Danner
Mona J.E. Danner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Social inequalities, crime control policies, pretrial justice, and globalization comprise her primary research and teaching interests. Dr. Danner has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally, and at the NGO Forum held in conjunction with the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She conducts workshops on issues for women in academia and on the process of negotiating academic contracts. A reviewer for numerous scholarly journals, she has served as associate editor or on the editorial board of four journals, and as a reviewer for NIJ and NSF grants and for departmental and graduate programs, in addition to having held a number of administrative positions at ODU. Dr. Danner has published op-eds, been featured in television and radio interviews, and been quoted by the popular print media several dozen times.
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