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  • Gunnison Named Justice Faculty Fellow, Presents on Media Bias

    January 26, 2012

    Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison, Director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, has been named a Justice Faculty Fellow by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. The announcement was made by center director Pamela Taylor.

    As a fellow, Gunnison will present “Social Injustice Unveiled: Bias in Media Depictions of Female Offenders” at 7 p.m. on February 29 in the Lemieux Library. RSVPs requested.

    “Americans are bombarded with stories and images of people who have committed crime,” she said. “Unfortunately, recent research has uncovered that media reports on female offenders have shown bias in regards to race and ethnicity.”

    Gunnison emphasized that these findings can impact future juries and engrain unconscious perceptions about the motivations of offenders and even their culpability.

    A panel discussion follows the presentation. Gunnison will be joined by Seattle University graduates Sadora Anderson, King County District Court, Kathy Dockins,: Office of Professional Standards, Everett Police Department, and graduate students Tammy Kynett, King County Sheriff's Department, and Teneshia Thurman.

    Gunnison received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. A prolific scholar, her research focuses on female offenders, offender reentry, criminology, and gender, race, and crime.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers B.A., B.S., and MA degrees in criminal justice. Seattle University is one of only seven programs in the United States to receive certification from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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