Each month we will be highlighting an EKU Alum who has gone on to do some pretty impressive work. Please take a minute to see what our exceptional graduates are up to after their time at EKU.

photo of Julia Mullins








August Spotlight: 


Graduate Program: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2022

Julia Mullins, a 2021 graduate of the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice program, is a case management specialist for Blue Grass Community Action, serving Central and Eastern Kentucky. She specializes in substance use recovery and housing. Julia has expertise in substance use and mental health recovery, the criminal justice system, and harm reduction approaches. Julia is an advocate in her rural community for persons with substance use disorders, specifically focusing on barriers for persons experiencing homelessness. Julia’s passions include promoting awareness and support for mothers and families in recovery from substance use, expanding harm reduction, and supporting trauma healing. She is dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with substance use and recovery and committed to helping her recovery community evolve through a person-centered lens. 

Julia is the program coordinator for the Coordinated System for Treatment and Services project, a research collaboration through Community Action agencies and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency). The CSTS project seeks to expand and strengthen treatment services for persons who are homeless, including chronically homeless individuals and families, who also have substance use disorders (SUD) or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders (COD). Julia works in the field with persons experiencing homelessness, addressing the disproportionate barriers this population faces. Julia has been featured in Opioid Response Network’s Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder toolkit. Julia is currently the project lead for the Inspire in the Blue Grass project, funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission. The project is aimed at examining the recovery ecosystem in rural Kentucky, analyzing the barriers for persons in recovery entering and reentering the workforce. 

During Julia’s time in the Master’s program in Criminology and Criminal Justice she found her passion for advocating for marginalized populations. Throughout her time as a graduate student, Julia discovered the value in applied anthropology, moving beyond theory into practical application to understand the human cost of the broader framework of socio-economic systems. Combining her love for Appalachia with her purpose of combating harms against persons with substance use disorders and persons trapped in the criminal justice system, Julia continues to utilize research, evidence-based practices, and field work to address the systemic harm of neoliberalism and mass incarceration. 

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This month's spotlight: 


Graduate Program: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2020

After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University’s Graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2020, I decided not to skip a beat and continue on towards my PhD. I was accepted to University of South Carolina’s (UofSC) Doctoral Program in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. My experience in the master’s program at EKU was the reason why I wanted to pursue a PhD in the first place. I learned what academic research looked like and exactly what it entailed—which was a lot of reading and writing! I found out I loved the work. By developing a thesis project as part of the degree completion requirement at EKU, I was drawn towards academic scholarship. I worked closely with my thesis advisor who doubled as an amazing mentor (Dr. Victoria Collins), who encouraged my endeavors and aspirations. Importantly, my thesis work at EKU inspired my dissertation subject at UofSC. 

I am currently working on a dissertation on the topic of image-based sexual abuse, or revenge pornography. I am also teaching undergraduate level criminal justice courses at UofSC, including American Criminal Justice System, Violence in America, and Victimization. Thankfully, I was given an opportunity to guest lecture on a couple occasions while at EKU, and it was this experience that helped me develop my teaching philosophy and inspire a future interest in pursuing academia. 

Published on July 05, 2022