Leah Oldham received her BA in Sociology with a double major in Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Leah is currently a first-year student in the Sociology Doctorate Program. She is interested in the sociology of gender, with an emphasis on violence against women. In particular, Leah is interested in studying how hegemonic masculinity within social institutions lead to sexual assault and violence against peers. For example, she is interested in analyzing the punishments towards the individual or groups that perpetrate violence in the community and the media's response. Through her research she wants to understand and ultimately lessen gender inequalities within social institutions.