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Kristin Santos

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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PhD, Sociology: The University of Akron
MS, Criminal Justice: The University of Cincinnati
BS, Psychology: Lake Superior State University
BS, Criminal Justice: Lake Superior State University


Kristin Santos, PhD, earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (criminal justice and psychology) from Lake Superior State University. She earned her Master of Science in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, and then went on to the University of Akron for her PhD in sociology with criminology and mental illness concentrations.

An assistant professor in the criminal justice program, Santos currently teaches Corrections, Research Methods, Ethics and Comparative Criminal Justice. Some of her areas of interest are criminology, domestic violence, power differentials related to violence, stalking, sexual assault and deviance.

Santos enjoys combining both theory and practical application in her courses. Her courses are challenging, but fair, and engage critical thinking skills from her students by encouraging comprehension of the underlying theories and subsequent application to real-world situations/examples.

Santos has practical experience in corrections. She worked as a juvenile corrections officer with minimum to closed security youth, often on sex offender and treatment units, as well as on general population units. Santos has also worked in a step-down crisis home for the mentally ill, often with people just released from jails, as well as hospitals with mental health units, who need additional monitoring and structure before they can be fully released back into society.

At home, Santos enjoys spending time with her toddler-aged daughter, husband, dogs and cats. She is an artist, and likes to paint and draw sci-fi/fantasy/mythological subjects. She also enjoys reading, both academic and non-academic books, especially paranormal romance novels - life’s fairy tales for adults.

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