Eileen M. Kirk
Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Eileen Kirk is a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Eileen’s research focuses on the intersection of public policy, social inequality, and communities and crime; her policy interests include criminal justice policy and housing policy. Eileen’s dissertation studies investigate the relationship between housing policies and neighborhood violent crime by examining three areas of housing policy: the Community Reinvestment Act, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and landlord tenant laws associated with eviction. In her research assistantships, Eileen supported process evaluation efforts at a Boston-based non-profit agency by interviewing program staff and participants, and she also developed grant proposals to investigate the impact of policy on socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Her teaching experience includes an advanced undergraduate course on communities and crime. Currently serving as a Program Manager at the Center on Crime and Community Resilience, Eileen provides technical assistance and oversight for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is a program that supports approximately 100 agencies that address gang and youth violence.
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Kirk, E. M. (2021). Community Consequences of Mass Incarceration: Sparking Neighborhood Social Problems and Violent Crime. Journal of Crime and Justice.
Kirk, E. M. (2020). Obstructing the American Dream: Homeownership Denied and Neighborhood Crime. Housing Policy Debate, 1-21.
Drakulich, K. M., & Kirk, E. M. (2016). Public opinion and criminal justice reform. Criminology & Pubic Policy, 15(1), 171-177.
Kirk, E. (accepted for presentation November 2020; conference cancelled). Untangling Eviction, Disadvantage, and Race: Neighborhood Factors Influencing Crime. American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC.
Kirk, E. (13 November 2019). Homeownership Denied and Neighborhood Crime: Community Disinvestment or Obstructing the American Dream. American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.
Kirk, E. (28 April 2019). Disinvesting in Community through Mortgage Denial: Implications for Crime, Control, and Disorder. Boston Area Research Initiative Spring Conference, Boston, MA.
- 2018 – American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Award (3rd place). Title: “Punitive Disadvantage: Prison Cycling as a Dimension of Concentrated Disadvantage”
- 2018 – School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Summer Research Scholars Award, Northeastern University. Research topic: “Understanding the Criminological Impact of Loan Denial”
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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...