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Jennifer Herrera receives American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime's Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Jennifer Herrera (class of 2016) was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime’s Undergraduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “Street Harassment: An Examination of Interpretations.” This paper is based on Jenny’s award-winning undergraduate sociology thesis, “‘Hey Sexy’ A Compliment or Harassment? Interpretations of and Experiences with Street Harassment.” Jenny’s research uses interviews, hypothetical scenarios in surveys, and observational data from a random sample of 80 adults to examine perspectives about public street interactions. Interview data reveal that compared to men, women were more critical of these interactions, whereas ordinary least square regression finds that interpretations of street interactions as harassment are related to race, but not gender. Jennifer’s observations during data collection suggest that her gender may, however, have influenced some male participants’ survey responses.