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Alison Cox

PhD Student

2013 MS Michigan State University
2006 BS Texas State University at San Marcos


Alison Cox began her doctoral studies at the School of Criminal Justice in 2013. She first came to Michigan State University in 2011 as a Master’s graduate student and graduated with her MS in Criminal Justice in 2013. Previously, she earned her BS in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology from Texas State University at San Marcos in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, she worked professionally in the areas of domestic violence and abuse, as well as family law. Some of these positions included serving as an Administrative Assistant/Analyst to a non-profit counseling center and shelter for victims of abuse, and a Legal Secretary for the Travis County District Attorney’s Family Justice Division.

Her research interests include corrections, in particular the prisoner-family relationship, barriers to visitation, prisoner reentry and recidivism, rural criminology. In the process an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender, she is also interested in issues concerning women and gender in criminal justice. Always curious as to how researchers can better capture women’s experiences and the concept of gender, Alison has recently collaborated with MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context in order to form the Feminist Research Methodology (FRM) Graduate Community.