Katherine McLean, PhD

Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice, Administration of Justice
Administration of Justice Program Coordinator
Office Phone: 412-675-9158
Office Location: Main Building 104B
Mailing Address:
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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Dr. McLean is a sociologist and ethnographer whose research explores the intersection between criminal justice and public health; her past and present projects specifically consider how the simultaneous criminalization and medicalization of illicit drug use impact individual identity, community health, and other social institutions.

She is particularly interested in "harm reduction" strategies like syringe exchange, and how such programs exist within and adapt to the "war on drugs." Her current research project consider how social networks shape, and are shaped by heroin and opioid use in southwest Pennsylvania.

Teaching Interests:

Criminal justice; drug use and health; sociology of medicine and deviance; alternatives to incarceration

Class Class Title Days & Times Room
CRIMJ 100-001 (15712) Intro to Crim Jus Mo We Fr 11:15AM - 12:05PM Crawford Building 104
CRIMJ 424W-001 (25532) Drugs and Crime Mo We 2:30PM - 3:45PM Frable Building 206
  Office Hours Mo Wed 10:00AM - 11:00AM, 1:00PM - 2:00PM Main Building 104B
Research Interests
Illicit drug use; harm reduction; public health; critical criminology