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.
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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”
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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles took "Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South" with Professor Shalanda Baker, which pushed him to further question systems as they exist, no matter their entrenched in society.
- He did community service as part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. He worked on the Timebank team, helping give back to local communities.
- Charles split his time for his first co-op between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, including infrastructure and childcare.
- He was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign and advocated for racial literacy courses and a restorative and transformative justice center on campus.
- Charles made his own research project- a macroeconomic index to measure democratic participation in municipal economies, partnering with NU, the Columbus Foundation and the Center for Economic Democracy.
- He worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project as a Program Associate, helping city systems and other organizations actively decide how to invest money across different spaces.
- Charles graduated in 2022. ..
- Casey took Global Markets and Local Cultures. After traveling, she better saw how the coursework mirrored real life, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- She went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay, and become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey completed her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a community arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for local communities.
- She joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- She worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more.
- Casey graduated in 2020. ..
- Sunita took Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection, taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa. The course invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- She traveled on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Jordan and Egypt; while there she grew interested in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Sunita worked at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Sunita was a member of the International Relations Council and traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences.
- Sunita conducted research with Berna Turam, developing a greater understanding of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. She also researched the feminist response to Covid-19 with Val Moghadam.
- She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022.
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between his high school and college experiences.
- He took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightened look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser joined the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant for his first co-op. He worked on inventory, public relations, brewery events, and workspace organization.
- He implemented community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser maintained a farm in Dorchester for The Food Project. He harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics.
- In 2020, Yasser won the Community Service Leadership award, given to students who show exemplary community engagement. He was recognized for his work at The Food Project, Northeastern Crossing, and more.
- He graduated 2022 with his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Religious Studies and his Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, through Northeastern’s PlusOne program...