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Robison, Clark-Williams '17 and Johnston '14 Represent Westminster at International Conference

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Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Westminster College was represented at 2017 The American Society of Criminology Conference (ASC) by senior sociology major and 2017 Drinko Summer fellow Alicia Clark-Williams; associate professor of sociology & criminal justice Studies Dr. Kristenne Robison and alumna Tricia Johnston '14. This year's conference was held in Nov. 15-18 in Philadelphia, PA.

"Every year outstanding senior sociology and criminal justice studies majors make the trip to The American Society of Criminology to present their research," added Robison. 

Clark-Williams presented her capstone research titled "Citizen Perceptions of Citizen-Police Interactions," a study that analyzed people's perceptions and attitudes towards police officers in a city nicknamed "Steel Town". Clark-Williams said attending ASC really helped her decide to continue her research and pursue new research in the future.

"I loved ASC," said Clark-Williams. "I was complemented by many for my research and because I was an undergrad presenting at an international conference!"

After presenting, Clark-Williams and Dr. Robison sat on a roundtable about their experiences with the Inside-Out program. Dr. Robison also presented her research entitleed "Negotiating Hope and Frustration: Volunteer Experiences on a Prison Television Channel." Her research was featured during one of three panels on "The Penal Voluntary Sector".

Alumna Tricia Johnston '14 also presented at the conference. She presented her research titled "Community Structure and Property Crime: Does Social Disorganization Matter?" Johnston is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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