B.S., Sociology, Millsaps College (2005)
M.S., Sociology, Mississippi State University (2008)
Ms. Gardner currently serves as a Research Associate I at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. She currently works in the Public Safety Data Laboratory where her core responsibilities include data management, data visualization, manuscript development, and survey construction. Currently, Ms. Gardner is working on three projects: MASEP Research and Development, Public Safety Data Lab, and the Juvenile Justice Research Consortium.
MASEP is Mississippi’s statewide driver improvement program for first-time offenders convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance which has impaired their ability to operate a motor vehicle. Working primarily with Dr. Angela Robertson, Sheena manages the MASEP administrative database and assists in the development of research on DUI recidivism.
The SSRC’s Public Safety Data Laboratory, is a data management and analysis lab for the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. The PSDL utilizes the COMPSTAT technique in examining the operational procedures and methods of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, in order to help better utilize and manage personnel and enforcement. Her main responsibilities on this project are data visualization and report construction.
The Mississippi Juvenile Justice Research Consortium is a centralized and comprehensive juvenile justice research center whose goals are to address the deficiencies in planning, research and evaluation capacity of Mississippi’s juvenile justice system and to establish an ongoing program of data collection and a repository of juvenile justice data within the Public Safety Data Laboratory at the SSRC. Sheena’s responsibilities include the management of data collected from youth courts and other juvenile justice agencies and developing reports on Mississippi juvenile crime statistics and related juvenile justice issues.
Sheena is currently ABD, seeking a Ph.D. in Sociology at MSU. Her research interests include the sociology of race and ethnicity, gender, and cultural studies. Her dissertation examines racial identity formation among multiracial individuals taking into consideration these individuals’ being situated within a larger racialized discourse produced at the meso and macro levels of analysis (organizations and the mass media)
March 6, 2011