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Sierra Nelson is a graduate student at Mississippi State University. She received her B.S. in Social Justice and Criminology from Delta State University, her M.S. in Sociology from Mississippi State University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology with a focus in Criminology. Her research interests include topics such as deviance, victimization, policy analysis, program implementation and evaluation, and open-source intelligence. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the Social Science Research Center for the USDA-funded project “Research and Learning from the McGovern-Dole School Feeding Programs in Africa”, and collaborates with researchers at the HPC² Center for Cyber Innovation (CCI) producing research in subject areas associated with program implementation and sustainability, criminology, and open-source intelligence.

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