Cynthia Harris is a Master’s Student in the Department of Criminology. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in environmental and forensic sciences. After graduating, she worked as a marine biologist, where she conducted research that assisted Mallows Bay-Potomac River in becoming the first National Marine Sanctuary in 20 years.
After receiving her paralegal certification from the University of California, Irvine, Cynthia worked as a criminal defense paralegal, working with violent offenders and gang members, including cases involving capital punishment.
Cynthia’s academic interests include the spatial analysis of crime in areas experiencing environmental crises, the manner in which unvalidated or improper forensic sciences take place in the courtroom, as well as the impact the coroner and medical examiner system has on wrongful convictions.