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Emily Pierce

PhD Student

Criminology, Law, and Justice

Pronouns: Any(respectfully)


I am an equity-minded critical thinker devoted to advancing imaginative public safety ideas, co-creating healing spaces, and disrupting injustice through heart-based interventions. I currently investigate police misconduct for the city of Chicago.

My interests include liberatory pedagogy, nonviolence, discretion in criminal justice, police oversight, critical theory, and generative practices for healing trauma and violence interruption.


MA in Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, University of South Florida