Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Candence D. Wills is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She is currently working with a multidisciplinary team (MDT) created by members of agencies that interact with commercially and sexually exploited children (CSEC) to analyze child CSEC data from four counties in Massachusetts. There are several components to the research project including administering training surveys to participants in child trafficking awareness workshops, interviewing MDT members, transcribing and interviews, and utilizing Tableau software to create visuals of county data on exploited children in an effort to influence policies regarding CSEC victims.
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Prior to attending Northeastern University, Candence completed both her Bachelors of Arts in Communications: Rhetoric and Masters in International Development in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a member on several research teams including ORA-CASOS Terrorism Social Network Analysis, Ford Institute for Human Security (FIHS) Human Trafficking Working Group, United Nations Gender Equality in Public Administration, and two projects associated with U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab: FIHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and a comparative analysis of state failure among Libya, Somalia, and Syria. During her time at Pitt, Candence enjoyed working as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost of Enrollment.
- Institutional responses to victimization and marginalized populations
- Public policy
- Human trafficking
- International criminal justice
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- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...