Dr. Reece is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice. She is a KSU alumna where she received her B.S. in Criminal Justice. She is also a Georgia State University alumna where she received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice & Criminology. Prior to coming home to KSU, Dr. Reece taught at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina for two years.
Dr. Reece's areas of expertise include institutional corrections and reentry, desistance from crime (life-course theoretical perspective), and juvenile delinquency. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Reece worked as a Cobb County State Court Clerk, as well as a paralegal for the Georgia State Patrol. Currently, Dr. Reece is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Cherokee County.
In additon, Dr. Reece is actively involved in research, and often has students assisting in these research projects. Her grant experience includes assisting in a Big Brothers Big Sisters college mentoring program evaluation, and a more recent project with the Gwinnett County Jail interviewing inmates about their reentry needs. In addition, she is the faculty advisor of the KSU chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma.
Dr. Reece has been awarded with the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) & the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice (SCJ) Distinguished Early Career Awards in 2020. In 2019, she was awarded with Kennesaw State University’s Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award. In addition, she also received the 2019 CHSS and SCJ Outstanding Engagement Awards, and the the 2016 CHSS Outstanding Alumni Award.