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Jennifer Colanese

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Acting Assistant Professor

Office: Wiekamp 2231
Phone: 574-520-4549

Ms. Colanese is completing her doctorate degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana University Bloomington, specializing in Law and Society and Cross Cultural Studies.  She received her M.S. degree in Criminology from Indiana State University in 2001.  Since that time, Colanese has served as an adjunct instructor for Indiana State University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Ball State University.

From 2007-2009, Ms. Colanese served as attorney legal support at the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, aiding victims of domestic violence.  She has also conducted a number of interviews for the Capital Jury Project, chronicling the experiences of jurors to explore the life or death sentencing decision-making process.

Her current research focuses on the Girl Scouts in Detention Centers program, utilizing the voices of the young participants to gain a better understanding of social programs for incarcerated youth.  Ms. Colanese’s other research interests include prison tourism and other historical representations of punishment, prison culture, first person narratives of imprisonment, and prison educational programs.