Barbara J. Cooke is a criminologist who is interested in the intersections of crime and prison, programming and change, and research and policy. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology, studying the effects of dog-training programs in correctional settings. A member of Girton College, she is honored to join the ranks of its illustrious alumae dedicated to changing the world!
An interdisciplinarian at heart, her B.A., from the University of California, Santa Barbara, is in Psychology and Dramatic art. She also has an M.A. in Theatre (Playwriting) from Royal Holloway, University of London. After a stint as a behavior therapist working with autistic children, she rejoined the academy at the University of Cambridge, obtaining her MPhil in Criminological Research. The connection between these areas is tenuous, don’t strain yourself!
Barbara’s passion for public engagement and disseminating the truth behind crime, offenders, and the criminal justice system is the heart of this blog. It is a platform for the exploration of these topics as well as for recording the tribulations and victories of research, including those of the early career researchers, of which she is one.
The views Barbara expresses in this blog are her own and, unless stated otherwise, not those of affiliations or the institutions in which she has worked, past or present.
Background photo by LEOL30 used under Creative Commons license.