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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Graduate Student

Alli Willingham


M.S. 2012, Eastern Kentucky University, Criminal Justice

B.S. 2010, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Criminal Justice

Research Interests: Ethnographic research, cultural criminology, queer criminology, domestic violence, animal cruelty, gender and organized crime

Alli Willingham is a third-year Ph.D. student who has taught several courses, including Research Methods, Corrections, and Introduction to Criminal Justice.  She was the first ever undergraduate teaching assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has since taught at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of South Carolina. As a masters student, Alli interned at the Kentucky Innocence Project, where she worked to help exonerate wrongfully convicted offenders. During her graduate career, she has presented her own ethnographic research at multiple conferences, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Alli currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina and teaches part-time for USC's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.