Taylor Oathout

Taylor Oathout

School of Criminal Justice

What brought you to the CTG UAlbany?

I am a second-semester graduate student and am completing my MA degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Causation, Prevention, and Intervention this spring. I am beginning my Ph.D. career in the fall with the School of Criminal Justice. I am interested in data collection, analysis, and visualization. During my search for opportunities related to these practices, I found that the Center for Technology in Government had the most comprehensive and real-world projects.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG UAlbany?

Before working with CTG, I was a scholar with the New York Youth Justice Institute. Here, I worked on literature reviews, coding data, and developing data visualizations. I also interned with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington D.C., where I managed communications with juvenile lifers, represented the organization at policy and advocacy events, and organized internal information databases.

In the spring of 2020, I completed my Criminal Justice BA and my Psychology BA, summa cum laude.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Following this semester, I will begin pursuing my Ph.D. in criminal justice. I hope to work on and perhaps lead my own research projects exploring homicide trends. Eventually, I would like to complete a MA degree, and perhaps a Ph.D., in Social and Personality Psychology.

I also hope to employ both my criminal justice and psychological knowledge in federal criminal investigations.

How can CTG UAlbany help you reach your goal for the future?

The Center for Technology in Government offers various opportunities to work with both qualitative and quantitative data. Further, the CTG develops comprehensive research studies and visual data flows. Therefore, working CTG will allow me to strengthen my communication, critical thinking, and data analysis skills.