Alessandra Milagros Early is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her dissertation, "Social Spaces and Substance Use in Shaping Queer Identities," considers the socio-spatial dynamics of identity formation and substance use in LGBTQIA+ communities. She received her Master of Arts in Sociology from Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College. In addition to her doctoral work, Alessandra is a Qualitative Researcher for the evaluation of Cure Violence, St. Louis, a community-based program working to lessen gun violence. Most recently, she was awarded first place in the Division of Queer Criminology's Student Paper Award in recognition for her publication, "The Role of Sex and Compulsory Heterosexuality Within the Rural Methamphetamine Market."
Andrea Giuffre is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her dissertation explores the perceptions of and approaches to social support negotiation among persons on probation. Prior to arriving at UMSL, she obtained a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Victimology from Seattle University. Her primary research interests include the impact of identity formation on desistance, the social harms of criminal legal system contact, financialization of the criminal legal system, monetary sanctions, and corrections. Giuffre currently works as a research assistant for Drs. Beth Huebner and Lee Slocum on a study entitled, “Probation Violations as a Driver of Jail Incarceration in St. Louis County, Missouri” sponsored by the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. Her work has appeared in journals such as Criminology, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Federal Sentencing Reporter, and Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben joined UMSL's Criminology and Criminal Justice PhD program in 2015 after entering the MA program a year prior. He earned his BA in Criminal Justice at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and his research interests include offender decision making, measurement of theoretical constructs, evaluation of criminal justice interventions, and quantitative methods.
Dissertation Title: “Net Benefits and Offender Decision Making: Investigating some Overlooked Predictions of a Rational Choice Theory of Crime.”
Dissertation Committee: Kyle Thomas (Chair), Lee Ann Slocum, Janet Lauritsen, and Thomas Loughran.
Areas of Interest: Offender decision making, measurement, evaluation research, partial identification, and quantitative methods.