Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Regina (Gina) Benedict is the coordinator of the Criminal Justice program. She previously taught at the University of Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a specialization in Corrections from Mississippi State University, a M.A. degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology from the University of Tennessee. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Benedict worked for the Department of Children’s Services in Knox County.
Dr. Benedict’s research concerns the experience of incarceration, especially for women. She focuses on coping mechanisms and adaptations among the inmate population. Dr. Benedict is also interested in families of offenders and how families are affected by having an incarcerated loved one. Dr. Benedict teaches various Criminal Justice classes including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Investigative Forensics, Criminal Law and Procedure, Juvenile Delinquency, and Gender and Crime.