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 (Minor in Big Data Analytics), 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 crime and social control, school discipline, life course studies, and communities and crime.

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.


Brittany's dissertation examines how changes in school discipline policies over the past 40 years affect school suspension, high school dropout, and standardized test scores in the United States. She uses longitudinal data from four nationally representative cohorts of youth that map onto different decades of school punishment "regimes" and compares outcomes across cohorts.

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