Jill Sturges is from Derry, PA. She earned her BS in Administration of Justice at Penn State and her MA in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a third year doctoral student in the Sociology program at West Virginia University, and is a teaching assistant for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Jill has worked as an adjunct Instructor teaching numerous criminology and sociology courses at numerous universities.
Jill’s research interests include two broad areas. Her first area of interest is discerning the consequences of incarceration for individuals and the effects of incarceration on their families. Her thesis focuses on the effects of incarceration on children who have an incarcerated father using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to explore the effects of incarceration on children’s social skills with an emphasis on racial and ethnic variations in outcomes. Jill’s second area of interest is on the varying viewpoints of abortion at a micro and macro level. Jill has also had a solo-authored book review of Women Abuse in Rural Places by Walter DeKeseredy that is soon to be published in the International Journal of Rural Criminology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, attending local arts and crafts festivals, and traveling to new areas to explore “anywhere that has a sunny, sandy beach!”