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Alison Cox (nee Colby) 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, and rural criminology. She has recently earned an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender and is also interested in issues concerning women and gender in criminal justice. Concerned with how researchers can better capture women’s experiences and concepts related to gender, Alison has collaborated with MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context to form the Feminist Research Methodology (FRM) Graduate Community, an interdisciplinary group of graduate students who are interested in feminist research.
Alison was recently recognized as a Graduate Writing Fellow for the 2017 – 2018 academic year and leads a writing group within the School of Criminal Justice. As of November 2017, she has passed her dissertation proposal defense and achieved doctoral candidate status.