Kathy Fox and Abby Crocker started the cross-college Justice Research Initiative in 2019, as a way to mobilize their mutual interests in justice issues to conduct applied, cutting-edge research. They share a commitment to social justice and improving society through data-driven approaches. Their expertise and research strengths are distinct but complementary.
Kathy Fox, PhD is a Professor of Sociology, in the College of Arts and Sciences. With expertise in criminal justice and higher education in prisons, Kathy’s research focuses on corrections systems and offender reentry. She is the founder and director of UVM’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program, offering credit-bearing courses to incarcerated individuals inside correctional facilities.
Abby Crocker, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Statistics, in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. With expertise in study design, data analysis, and translational research, Abby’s research focuses on the intersection of public health and justice issues with a particular interest in high-risk populations. Abby is part of UVM’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program faculty, having taught Introductory Statistics & Probability to incarcerated women inside Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.