Savannah Crowley M. A.
I am very fortunate for the time I spent studying at St. Lawrence within the Global Studies Department. At St. Lawrence my research focused on the local and national manifestations of the Prison Industrial complex, the war on drugs and mass incarceration. Studying in Derry, Northern Ireland, I researched issues of identity politics, nationalism and peacebuilding that allowed me to draw parallels between global prisoner’s rights movements, and their social impact.
My undergraduate research experiences at St. Lawrence led me to pursue a graduate degree in Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, Kroc School of Peace Studies. Growing up on the East Coast, I wanted to physically situate myself within the Border region to understand immigration policy, US-Mexican border relations and the War on Drugs. In San Diego I was fortunate to work with the Trans-Border Institute and accompany them on peacebuilding trips to Sinaloa, Mexico where I witnessed grassroots peacebuilding efforts and coalition building. These experiences helped me to understand differences in perspective on transnational issues that are often distorted by regionality.
My current research interests focus on restorative justice practices as a tool for conflict resolution and community building. Specifically, I returned to the East Coast to develop restorative justice projects that combat the national Opioid Epidemic in our local communities.
I’m very excited to be back in the North Country for paddling and hiking adventures. SLU is home to me, and I’m always available for any student that needs help or wishes to talk.