About Kendra Thompson-Dyck
Kendra Thompson-Dyck is a PhD Candidate in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a research affiliate of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW). She received her M.A. in Sociology in 2012 and has conducted qualitative, quantitative, and spatial analysis for projects in Arizona and cross-nationally that focus on the well-being of youth. Her areas of specialization include juvenile delinquency, urban studies, organizations, gender, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Ms. Thompson-Dyck’s current projects examine how the organizational environment of neighborhoods shapes the lives of individuals, for better or worse, with a specific focus on juvenile offenders. Her dissertation, entitled "Revisiting the Neighborhood: A Spatial Analysis of Community Organizations and Juvenile Recidivism in the Urban Southwest,” uses a unique geolocated dataset of organizations in the greater Phoenix urbanized area to assess the influence of neighborhood organizations, such as libraries, community centers, and police stations, on repeat juvenile offending.
Her past research with SIROW includes collection and analysis of qualitative interviews and participant observations of juvenile justice professionals for the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts/Reclaiming Futures. Since 2010, she has also been involved in a multi-year grant project funded by the National Science Foundation on the spatial distribution and use of organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area (Dr. Joseph Galaskiewicz, Principal Investigator). Research from these collaborative projects have been published in forums such as Children and Youth Services Review and Drug Court Review and featured in scholarly conference presentations and invited talks nationally and internationally including the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan and annual meetings of the American Sociological Association and Urban Affairs Association.
Ms. Thompson-Dyck’s collegiate teaching experience includes courses on gender, juvenile delinquency, and introductory sociology at University of Arizona and Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.