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Criminology Forum: Rhys Hester & Derek Kreager

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Oswald Tower, 406

"The Justice Center for Research and Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing: Missions and Initiatives"

Dr. Rhys Hester is the Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Penn State University. He holds a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as a JD. Prior to his current position at the Commission, Dr. Hester was a Research Fellow in Sentencing Law and Policy at the Robina Institute, University of Minnesota Law School. He teaches courses related to courts, constitutional law, and criminal law and procedure. His research has been published in academic journals and law reviews including Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and (forthcoming) Crime and Justice: A Review of Research


Dr. Derek Kreager is Director of the Justice Center for Research, Professor of Criminology, Sociology, and Demography, co-funded faculty member of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), and an associate of the Population Research Institute (PRI). He received his M.A. and PhD from the University of Washington and his B.S. from the United States Military Academy. He has been a faculty member at PSU since 2006. His research lies at the intersection of social networks, crime, and the life course. Most recently, he has led the portfolio of Prison Inmate Networks Studies (PINS) focused on the social networks, health and re-entry experiences of male and female inmates in PA state prisons. This work has been supported by grants from NSF, NIH, and NIJ, funded four PSU graduate students, and resulted in papers published in ASR, Social Networks, and Justice Quarterly.  

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