Dr. Kahle received her BA in Psychology and her MA in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, before pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Her preliminary areas of specialization are in Criminology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Thus, her research interests focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in youth inequality, and violence and victimization. Her dissertation, entitled: Examining Victimization in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Youth, assessed the effects of bullying, homophobic bullying, dating violence, and sexual assault on school avoidance, substance use and poor mental health outcomes in LGBQ youth. In May 2017, Dr. Kahle finished her degree at Virginia Tech and served as the postdoctoral fellow for the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ), as well as an Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. While at Virginia Tech, Dr. Kahle was awarded the 2018 William E. Snizek Undergraduate Teaching Award for the Department of Sociology.
Dr. Kahle is now a Teaching Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her teaching areas include: school violence and juvenile justice, introduction to criminology, and women, gender and crime. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: Criminal Justice Studies, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Victims and Offenders, Sociological Spectrum, Violence and Victims, Gender, Place, and Culture, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Criminology, Sociology Compass, Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and The Handbook of Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice.