CSDE Research Areas:
- Demographic Measurements and Methods
Janelle Hawes is a sociologist and criminologist by training with a passion for social justice and research regarding and for the benefit of marginalized and disadvantaged populations. Topically, her research addresses inequalities in several social constructs, concentrating on vulnerable populations. She was strongly influenced by her doctoral minors in demography and quantitative methods and associations with the Center for Family and Demographic Research and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) during graduate school. Her mentors included notable and influential family demographers and criminology/criminal justice experts that place large priority on bridging the study of crime and society with demography. Her research asks questions about the social realities of multiple vulnerable populations and the implications of their experiences and outcomes on their whole person, meaning all aspects of their lives. Her work is focused on adolescents, including their social domains (school, family, friends). In particular, she examines the influence of these domains on current and future well-being in terms of exposure to the criminal justice system, due to the deleterious effects of crime and incarceration on personal health, family dynamics and well-being, and economic conditions. This focus is also expanded to include cross-over youth (youths involved in both the foster and criminal justice systems) and individuals with mental health concerns.