Tiana Herring, a UNC-Chapel Hill Political Science and Contemporary European Studies double major from Bremerton, WA, gave a presentation on her research this past February 15 at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, DC. Tiana was selected to present her research at this national conference based on the importance of her scholarly work. She joined 120 other students from around the country. Pi Sigma Alpha is the nation’s only national honor society devoted to excellence in undergraduate political science scholarship.
Tiana’s presentation entitled “Recidivism and Rehabilitation: Effectiveness of State Laws Regarding Prisoner Re-Entry” is based on research she is conducting for her Political Science Senior Honors Thesis under the supervision of Professor Isaac Unah. Her study analyzes changes in state laws related to prisoner re-entry in over 40 states from 1991 to 2013. She seeks to understand what array of programs are most effective in reducing recidivism. Tiana’s research contributes to existing literature on recidivism by examining the effectiveness of various institutional reforms in prison reentry outcomes. Congratulations to Tiana!