Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology; Co-Director of Criminal Justice Program; BA, Roanoke College; MS, University of North Florida; PhD, University of Tennessee
Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Beth Easterling holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from the University of Tennessee, M.S. in Applied Sociology from the University of North Florida, and a B.A. in Economics from Roanoke College. Her areas of interest include families and crime/incarceration, punishment and society, and social stratification. With a background in applied sociology, she searches for practical, policy, and programming implications in her academic research and uses those examples to bring the classroom to life. Dr. Easterling loves teaching in a liberal arts environment! She enjoys teaching introductory level courses as they provide the opportunity to introduce students from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and interests to sociology, criminology, and criminal justice. She enjoys teaching upper level courses to criminal justice majors as these courses allow her to discuss specific sociological and criminological topics in depth with criminologists and criminal justice practitioners-to-be. Dr. Easterling serves as the faculty advisor for Nu Sigma, the Mary Baldwin Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
When not doing research or teaching, Dr. Easterling enjoys running and spending time with her daughter, her husband (who she has followed all over the east coast and beyond thanks to his career in the Marine Corps), and her two rescue dogs.