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On Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, Kent State University at Stark held its record-setting fall commencement ceremony with nearly 200 students being awarded bachelor’s degrees and 29 receiving associate degrees.
2017 Fall Commencement Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Umstattd Performing Arts Hall
2323 17th St. NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
Fall Commencement Address:
Dr. Deirdre Warren
Criminology & Justice Studies
Kent State University at Stark
Deirdre Warren is an associate professor of criminology and justice studies and has been with Kent State University at Stark since the fall of 2009. Dr. Warren is from Texas, where she served as a police officer in Sugar Land from 1991 to 2005, leaving policing at the rank of sergeant. While on the police force, she served as a field training officer, a mental health officer and hostage negotiator. Dr. Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1990, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston – Downtown in 2003, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice with a concentration in criminology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 2009.
Dr. Warren’s research largely focuses on media constructions of, and formal as well as informal responses to, marginalized populations. Specifically, her research has addressed policing of youth; the impact of race on media constructions of and attitudes toward evacuees from Hurricane Katrina; and media constructions of and discourse surrounding same-sex marriage. Dr. Warren is currently the chair of Kent State University at Stark’s faculty council, as well as campus coordinator for the sociology and criminology and justice studies programs.
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