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Loralys McDaniel

Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)

Loralys McDaniel is a second-year Law & Society MS student in American University's Justice, Law, and Criminology program within the School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on wrongful convictions, prosecutorial decision-making, indigent defense, and procedural due process violations. Prior to joining JPO, Loralys was a research intern at the World Justice Project on their Rule of Law Index project, where she helped prepare for the global launch of their 2017 qualified legal expert survey in four sectors relevant to the rule of law (criminal and constitutional law; civil and business law; labor law; and public health). She holds a B.A. in French from DePaul University in Chicago, and spent her post-graduate years teaching English to French school children in Le Mans, France, as well as co-founding a French bakery and cooking school in Chicago. There, she implemented a hiring program aimed toward recruiting formerly incarcerated juveniles who were having difficulty finding employment. Loralys intends to pursue a PhD in criminal justice policy following the completion of her master's degree, and looks forward to a career of conducting quantitative policy research and working with lawmakers on reform initiatives.


M.S. in Justice, Law & Criminology (in progress), American University;
B.A. in French, DePaul University

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