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Elizabeth Carlisle Justice, Law and Criminology (PhD)

B.A. Criminology, Law & Society, University of California—Irvine (2020)
B.A. Film & Media Studies, University of California—Irvine (2020)
B.A. Religious Studies, University of California—Irvine (2020)
M.A. XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement (Interdisciplinary Studies - Sociology/International Relations), New York University (2023)

Elizabeth C. Carlisle is a doctoral student in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. In 2020, she received three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminology, Law & Society, Film & Media Studies, and Religious Studies with a concentration in Abrahamic religions and political religiosity. In 2023, she received a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYU with an emphasis in Sociology, International Relations, Anthropology, and Political Science.

While obtaining her bachelors, Elizabeth worked inside of a local police department as head of the non-sworn Community Service Officer program, and interned inside of both federal and local law enforcement agencies focused on narcotic crimes and gang prevention, respectively. In conjunction, she worked inside research labs focused on life-course experiences and behaviors of justice-involved youth, and first-time felony offenders going through the courts. She also completed a variety of research projects focused on domestic violence and relationship quality in justice-involved youth, police interrogation methods of sexual assault victims, sexual exploitation within political networks, gender constructions within religious and work groups, sex worker and police perceptions, and online gang networks.

Following her bachelors, Elizabeth joined a start-up program inside a mental health non-profit focused of developing and delivering mental health crisis intervention training to law enforcement, emergency medicine service providers, and corrections officers. Her work in

Elizabeth continued her research on gender-based victimization and criminal organizations during her masters. Specifically, she focused her efforts on international criminal networks rooted in human trafficking and fentanyl trafficking, and understanding current irregularities and inconsistencies in how sex work is criminalized (through female, transgender, and queer bodies) in American state and federal law. This research continues into her doctoral study.

Her current research interests focus broadly on how law translates into law enforcement and judicial procedure, gender and sex-based discrimination, and international non-state and criminal organizations. Secondary research interests include sites that lead to social intolerance and insecurities in subcultures of fitness/fatness studies, gender and religious conservatism, and social media