Research Associate II
M.S., Sociology, Mississippi State University (2008)
B.S., Sociology, Millsaps College (2005)
Ms. Sheena Gardner began her career at the SSRC as a graduate research assistant in the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory. In 2008, she began working as a research associate and has worked on projects within the areas of DUI research, juvenile justice, and public safety. Over the past several years she has worked on several projects with her role generally involving varying levels of data collection, data management, and manuscript development. She has worked with many state agencies and administrative databases that include the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP), the Department of Mental Health, the Juvenile Justice Research Consortium (with the Division of Public Safety Planning, the Office of Justice Programs), the Public Safety Data Laboratory (with the Office of Highway Safety, MS Department of Public Safety), and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Detention Data Technical Assistance project (with the Attorney General’s Office). In addition to working with state agencies in Mississippi, she has also worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a consultant on the National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP).
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’ situation within a larger racialized social context.