Students & Post-Graduates

Jenna Pryor, MSW

Post-Graduate Research Associate | MSW, Social Policy & Evaluation, University of Michigan; BA, Social Work, Michigan State University

Jenna is a macro-level social worker trained in program evaluation, specializing in mixed methods and qualitative methodologies. Jenna’s research interests include program evaluation and effectiveness; the impact of involvement in the justice-system on individual and community well-being; and recidivism and reentry. Jenna assists with data collection and analysis, and handles administrative responsibilities for a variety of research projects. Jenna currently lives in San Diego with her dog, Charlie.

Thomas Klemm

Research Assistant | PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of Michigan; BA, Social Work, Eastern Michigan State University; AA, Human Services, Washtenaw Community College

Thomas’s research interests include federal American Indian policy, Native Nation building, rural/reservation poverty alleviation strategies, and drug and alcohol treatment and policy. Thomas was instrumental in providing research support to the Removing Barriers team’s development of a successful National Science Foundation proposal. Thomas was selected as a 2019 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellow. As an enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, he remains involved in his Nation’s politics, traditions, and community.

Candice Tudor

Research Assistant |MA Candidate, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University; BS, Psychology & BA, Criminology & Behavioral Health, University of Michigan–Dearborn

Candice is interested in the long-term impacts of incarceration, solitary confinement, correctional mental health practice, trauma, and trauma psychotherapy treatments. Candice undertakes lab and fieldwork studying these topics. She is a first-generation college student and enjoys rescuing cats and quilting.

Edward Dance

Research Assistant | BA, International Relations, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan State University

Ed is interested in studying the CREW Report (Council for Racial Equity in Washtenaw). The report highlighted racial disparities facing defendants in Washtenaw County, MI. He is keenly interested in the socio-economic implications of charges people have faced. Ed describes himself as African American, first-generation college graduate, and a political junkie. He loves cats and dogs.

Daniel Strellman

Research Assistant | JD Candidate, University of Michigan Law School; BA, Sociology & Philosophy, Duke University

Daniel’s research interests center on the judicial system’s disparate impacts on disadvantaged populations and whether advances in technology could streamline the resolution of legal issues, make legal help accessible to all, and otherwise reduce the justice gap.
Daniel is a first-generation law student and lifelong martial artist. His favorite pastimes include watching college basketball, hiking, and engaging in intellectual discussions. 

Annie O’Connor

Research Assistant | JD Candidate, Georgetown University Law Center; BA, Economics & Political Science, University of Michigan

Annie was one of the original members of the Removing Barriers team who developed the pilot study and earned the Judge’s Choice INNOVATE prize in a public service venture capital competition, beating out teams with backgrounds in engineering and medicine. Annie has interned with the Major Crimes Unit of the Department of Justice in the District of Columbia.

Mike Loukas

Research Assistant | Student, Paralegal Studies, Washtenaw Community College

Mike helps with participant recruitment and community-based field work. He studies criminal justice reform and is especially interested in Eighth Amendment constitutional rights issues surrounding excessive fines as well as cruel and unusual punishments. Mike is an avid runner and likes to hit the pavement daily.

Dr. B

Motivational Speaker

Dr. B gives great hugs and helps keep up team morale during the global pandemic. She enjoys anything pink, is a fan of chapter books, and loves playing the harmonica.

Jingles the Dog

Team Pet

Jingles enjoys hiking and spicy treats. He loves to wear green and white handkerchiefs at University of Michigan tailgates to stir up excitement.

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