Kaelyn Sanders

Kaelyn  Sanders
  • PhD Candidate
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • BA 2020, The Ohio State University


Curriculum Vitae




Kaelyn Sanders is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Using critical and intersectional frameworks, Kaelyn’s research focuses on the experiences of system-involved people, their reintegration, and digital exclusion. Her research has been published in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Feminist Criminology. Kaelyn is also a 2024 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow and National Science Foundation GRFP Fellow.

In 2020, Kaelyn received her B.A. in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University. As a Ph.D. candidate, Kaelyn has worked on program evaluation projects for reentry and gun violence programs in the state of Michigan. Kaelyn also serves as the graduate assistant for her program’s Prospective Doctoral Student Recruitment and Retention Program Grant. In this role, she works to increase DEI in her graduate program by meeting with students at minority-serving institutions and assessing areas where current graduate students can be better supported. She also previously held a summer graduate research associate position at Arnold Ventures working on their pretrial justice team and interned at a local probation and reentry program in Lansing, Michigan.

She is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Outside of school, Kaelyn enjoys traveling, exercising, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with loved ones.

Research Interests

  • System-involved populations
  • Community Supervision
  • (Re)entry and (Re)integration
  • Critical Criminology
  • Intersectionality
  • Digital Literacy
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mixed Methods

Selected Publications

Sanders, K., Cobbina, J., & McCoy, H. Evidence-Based policy for diverse populations. (2024).
In B.C. Welsh, S.N. Zane, & D.P. Mears (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook for Evidence-Based Policy (pp. 349-369). Oxford University Press.

Roddy, A., Sanders, K., Sarver, C., & Salisbury, E. (2023). Financial marginalization, housing
access, transportation, and employment: Intersectional considerations in women’s reentry. Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Sanders, K., Hoskins, K. M., & Morash, M. (2023). A first step in understanding influences on
system-involved women’s changes in financial need. Feminist Criminology.

Sanders, K. (2022). “The second sentencing”: A qualitative exploration of women going up
for parole. Feminist Criminology.

LaBerge, A., Mason, M., & Sanders, K. (2022). Police dispatch times: Social disorganization and
neighborhood disadvantage. Journal of Criminal Justice.