- M.P.A., Georgia State University
B.A. Theatre Arts, SUNY New Paltz
Kris Lugo is a PhD student in Justice, Law, and Society at American University. Her research interests include human trafficking, transnational and organized crime, and criminal justice institutional development in comparative perspective. Kris serves as a graduate assistant to Prof. Lynn Addington and previously worked with Dr. Stephen Tankel on his recent project on the Indian Mujahadeen for the Department of State. She also frequently collaborates with practitioners on research such as International Justice Mission. Her dissertation is a mixed-methods analysis of the business structure of human trafficking networks.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Kris earned her Masters in Public Administration at Georgia State University after a fifteen-year career in the private sector. Since moving to Washington D.C., Kris has been an active volunteer with Annunciation Catholic Church and Campus Kitchens of Washington, DC, has volunteered with The Mountain Fund in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010 and 2012 and worked in the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at Polaris Project. She is a Clarke Scholar at American University and was previously a NexGen Leadership Scholar at Georgia State University. In the summer of 2014, Kris will teach two courses, one on Human Trafficking and another on Transnational Organized Crime, at American University.