Brittany N. Freelin

Brittany N. Freelin
1017 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. 2022 (expected) Ph.D., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
  2. 2018 M.A., Criminology, Pennsylvania State University
  3. 2014 B.A., Sociology (Major) and Spanish (Major), Christopher Newport University


Brittany Freelin is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University. Her research interests include school discipline, life course studies, and communities and crime. Brittany's dissertation focuses on the relationship between exclusionary school discipline and high school dropout across four nationally representative cohorts of youth in the U.S.

Brittany received her M.A. in Criminology from Penn State University and her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Christopher Newport University. Prior to coming to Penn State, Brittany worked as a middle school Spanish teacher through Teach for America.

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Jeremy Staff

Research Interests:

Crime and social control; School discipline; Communities and crime; Sociology of education; Life course studies; Quantitative methods