Dr. Beverly R. Crank joined the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in Fall 2016. Dr. Crank is a Georgia native and KSU alumna (B.S. in Criminal Justice), and she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Georgia State University. While at Georgia State University, Dr. Crank was involved in a program evaluation of a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for at-risk youth that was funded by the Department of Justice. She previously worked for the Georgia State Patrol as a paralegal for a number of years, and worked as a volunteer with the Cobb County Juvenile Court’s Diversion Program. In addition, Dr. Crank is currently undergoing training to work as a CASA volunteer for Cherokee County.
Dr. Crank’s research interests include juvenile delinquency, crime and the life course, and punishment and deterrence. Her current publications have focused on inmates’ experiences and perceptions of incarceration, and desistance from crime. In addition, she is currently involved in a project with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to create a risk model identifying inmates at the highest risk for victimization. Dr. Crank is excited to return to KSU and enjoys teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections, and Research Methods.