Amanda Russell

“As researchers, we have an obligation to provide policymakers with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions.”

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Degrees:
BA - California State University, Bakersfield
MS Criminal Justice - University of Cincinnati
Current Academic Pursuit: PhD - Criminology

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society
  • Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient
  • Dean's Student Advisory Committee
  • Criminology Graduate Student Association (CGSA), Social Coordinator

Deciding on Criminology

My interest in criminology started out when I was rather young. My father is a former police officer, so to some degree, I attribute my interest in the field to him and his experiences. It wasn't until my second year of college, however, when I realized I wanted to pursue criminology. Since that time, my interest in the field has persisted and continues to grow as I observe the lasting consequences of the many criminal justice policies enacted in the U.S.

My EPPS Success

The faculty, as well as the associations I have made with other graduate students and staff, have been significant contributors to my success in EPPS. They provide that extra motivation to help me progress through the program.

Plans for the Future

As researchers, we have an obligation to provide policymakers with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions. I hope to be able to accomplish this by working in an applied research capacity for a government agency after completion of the doctoral program.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Choosing a graduate program and university is similar to the process of purchasing new shoes. Sometimes, it's simply a matter of "fit." I chose The University of Texas at Dallas and EPPS after coming to the realization that the graduate school I had enrolled in previously was not a good match for me. Now that I have been here for nearly two years, I feel very much at ease (and happy) with the decision I made.

An added benefit of attending UT Dallas is that there are many positive and encouraging changes occurring within the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. This is a great time to be a part of EPPS and to grow with us!

Other Interests

When I have free time, I like to take my dogs to the park, go to sporting events, try new restaurants and catch up on reality TV.