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January 31st, 2023

JCLS examines value of social science research

GC's Buday-Murray to focus on study of protected populations

Dr. Michele Buday-Murray, an assistant professor of sociology at Garrett College, will draw upon her academic and professional backgrounds as the Joan Crawford Lecture Series’ February presenter.

Buday-Murray – who holds a doctorate in sociology with concentrations in administration, leadership studies, and criminal justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania – will speak on Research and Protected Populations: Who are we Protecting? The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th at 6 p.m. in the recital hall of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College.

“I will start out by discussing social science research and why it’s important,” said Buday-Murray, who has worked and taught in correctional institutions in both Pennsylvania and Wyoming. “I’ll also cover what protected populations are, and why they need protections.”

Buday-Murray will also explore her own research on the effects of the Prison Rape Elimination Act within Kentucky’s correctional system.

“As part of the presentation, I’ll talk about the barriers to studying protected populations,” said Buday-Murray, “particularly inmates and children.”

Garrett College’s faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford.

Crawford, who died in 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge, and the public and community members are invited to attend.

All presentations from the Joan Crawford Lecture Series will be available to view online through the College's Facebook page. The lectures will be live streamed and recordings will be posted shortly after the event.

For more information, contact Jenny Meslener at