Eileen M. Kirk
Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Graduated in 2021
Eileen Kirk is a former 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.
Related Schools & Departments
Kirk, Eileen M. (2021). Untangling Eviction, Disadvantage, Race, and Social Processes: Neighborhood Factors Influencing Crime. Crime & Delinquency.
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”
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...