Megan Kurlychek

Megan Kurlychek

Professor of Sociology, Criminology, and Public Policy

901 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6436

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Megan Kurlychek is a professor of sociology, criminology, and public policy. Her research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, offender rehabilitation, prisoner reentry, courts, and sentencing. Before joining Penn State, Kurlychek was an associate professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York, Albany. 

Kurlychek holds a Ph.D. in Crime, Law, and Justice from Penn State and an M.S. in Administration Justice from Shippensburg University. She has worked as a research analyst for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Pennsylvania State Senate, and retains a major focus on public policy and evaluation research.

She has been widely published in academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Criminology, and Criminology & Public Policy

Research Interests:

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Courts and Sentencing, Reentry and Employment, Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods