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Research Assistants

Carolina Caliman
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Carolina is a Ph.D. Student in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, NJ. Born and raised in Brazil, she has an LL.B Bachelor of Law degree from the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Carolina worked in the Brazilian Criminal Justice System. Her primary research interests focus on courts and sentencing, particularly investigating the perceptions and attitudes of courtroom actors and their decision-making processes in court. Her research also examines the intersection of law and psychology within different stages of the legal process, especially involving mental health and individuals with substance addiction, as well as its impacts on sentencing and public opinion. She is also interested in reentry and how the presence of a criminal record may impact individuals' reintegration into the community.

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Ph.D. Student, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark, M.A., Criminology, University of Delaware, B.A., Criminology & Criminal Justice and Psychology (dual major), University of Maryland, College Park

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Senior undergraduate student at Santa Clara University, Political Science Major and Philosophy Minor. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Oahu, Hawai'i, Maile aims to go to law school after receiving her bachelor's degree. Maile has worked with notable organizations and individuals including the Asian Law Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association (APAPA), interned at Senator Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco, has law firm experience, and been a part of many political campaigns

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4th-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies with a minor in Asian Studies at Santa Clara University. Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Rachel is passionate about social justice and identity politics, intercultural communication, and sexual politics. Rachel has worked with a variety of organizations in different sectors, including the Center for Positive Sexuality, YWCA Golden Gate-Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Community Service, and most recently as a POLI Peer Advisor with the SCU Political Science Department.

Sam Campos
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Sam Campos is a third-year undergraduate studying Political Science and Psychology at Santa Clara University. She is a proud Bay Area native, born and raised in San José, CA. The investment in—and support of— community members has been a long-time interest of Sam’s. She has had experiences in varying positions that have allowed her to give back to her community in different capacities. Most recently, in April of 2023, Sam started a position at Elevate Community Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in criminal record clearance and expungement. Sam is a second-year Community Facilitator in one of the Santa Clara residence halls and also serves as co-chair for Hermanas Unidas at SCU. While she previously volunteered with Asian Law Alliance, Sam currently spends most of her free time volunteering for a political campaign in the San José City Council race.

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