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Cyndy Caravelis

Cynthia Caravelis

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact Information

Email: caravelis@wcu.edu
Office: 410-N Belk Building

Biography

Cyndy Caravelis is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her current research interests include the relationship between social threat and social control, the effect of inequality on criminal justice policy, social justice, and minorities and crime. Her research on sentencing inequality has been published in journals such as <i>Justice Quarterly</i> and the <i>Journal of Quantitative Criminology</i>. Recent work has included an examination of race and crime and the Black Lives Matter movement. She co-authored Social Justice, Criminal Justice (Routledge), which examined how the law has historically been used as both a tool for oppression and a vehicle for social change. Additionally, she was awarded a grant to engage in fieldwork researching the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Greece.<br><br>Dr. Caravelis is a strong proponent of engaged teaching and experiential learning. She was awarded the Service Learning Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award and she was a 2019 cohort member of the Faculty Institute on Community Engagement. She has led study abroad trips to South Africa, New Zealand, France, Germany, and England. Her service to the community includes being a Board Member for the Center for Domestic Peace.<br><br>In addition to her academic endeavors, she has extensive field experience in the criminal justice system, including work as a legislative analyst for the Florida Legislature’s Commission on Capital Cases, as a crime intelligence analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as an expert witness on criminal sentencing, and as an academic instructor in both male and female correctional institutions.<br><br>Last but not least, Dr. Caravelis enjoys moonlit paddles and a nice Chianti.

Education

  • Ph D, Florida State University, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MS, Florida State University, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BA, Florida State University, Criminology and Criminal Justice
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