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Nicole Sroka

PhD Student

Criminology, Law, and Justice


Nicole is an M.A. student in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has attended UIC since undergrad where she completed her B.A. in Communication and CLJ. As a native Chicagoan and an investigative journalist, Nicole produced work related to the city’s homicide rate and opioid epidemic for The Red Line Project. Sroka’s story “Concentrated Poverty and Criminality” about homicide rates earned her a first-place award in the 2019 regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for best use of multimedia. In 2020 she was an intern for Carnegie-Knight News21 where she, alongside other journalists, produced “Kids Imprisoned” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Now as a graduate student, her research interests revolve around victimology and legal discourse.


BA – Communication and Criminology, Law, & Justice (UIC)