MTSU professor’s lecture focuses on women serving ...

MTSU professor’s lecture focuses on women serving life sentences in prison

Since many women sentenced to life in prison will get out early through the parole process, to what extent are they prepared for life after prison?

Dr. Meredith Dye, professor of sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Meredith Dye

Dr. Meredith Dye, an associate professor of sociology at MTSU, will present “‘I’m No Longer That Girl’: Women Lifers’ Hopes, Expectations and Fears for Life Behind Bars” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 100 of the James Union Building.

“Using data from 94 women, all of whom had served at least 15 years of their life sentences and were eligible for parole, I examine their experiences with the parole process, their plans for (re)establishing housing, employment, and family relationships after getting out, and the ways in which program participation has helped them prepare for release,” said Dye.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the opening lecture in MTSU’s 2018 Women’s and Gender Studies Research Series.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology logoOff-campus visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at 1403 E. Main St. or online at A campus parking map is available at

For more information, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 615-898-5910 or

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