August 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Sociology and Philosophy Alum Pursues Ph.D. While Working for Crime, Media, Culture Journal

Holly Ningard

Holly Ningard

Holly Ningard ’12, ’14M is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee. She graduated in 2012 with her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology and Philosophy before earning her M.A. in Sociology from the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University in 2014.

Ningard has extensive experience in qualitative research and is trained in research study development, qualitative data collection including interviews and open ended surveys, and statistical analysis of data.

Her research interests focus on crime myths and narratives, specifically in regards to corporate environmental crime, sexual victimization, and bystander constructions of crime.

While at the University of Tennessee, Ningard earned the Oscar R. Ashley Graduate Research Fellowship, which is awarded to deserving and talented returning students who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance at the university.

She spent her fellowship year working for the editorial office of the journal Crime, Media, Culture, which is a fully peer reviewed, international journal providing the primary vehicle for exchange between scholars who are working at the intersections of criminological and cultural inquiry. It promotes a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture.

She currently teaches at the University of Tennessee, including courses on criminology, social problems, and research methods.

About her experience in the OHIO Sociology M.A. program:

One of the best parts about the M.A. program in Sociology at Ohio University is the way that faculty take the time to get to know each student. My peers and I each had very different reasons for going to graduate school: some wanted to become practitioners, and others, like me, wanted to continue on to earn an advanced degree. The professors at OHIO kept these goals in mind and provided us with personalized opportunities to develop as scholars and professionals. For example, I assisted on a research study which resulted in a publication. I developed a teaching portfolio and gained experience as an instructor. I received support to travel to both national and regional conferences. My training in research, teaching, and professional presentations made me a strong candidate for doctoral programs. This type of support sticks with you – I am currently a fourth year doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, and I still keep in touch with my mentors!

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