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Stephanie Baker

Class of 2011
Major/Minor: Sociology, Justice, Law, and Society

Campus Involvement

Alpha Chi Omega

As Social Chair for Alpha Chi Omega Beta Pi, Stephanie’s responsibilities include coordinating social activities as a compliment to other chapter activities on the chapter calendar, coordinating mixers with other Greek life on campus, and planning the fall and spring formal for the sorority.

Q & A

Hometown? Elkton, Maryland

Favorite Sociology Course? Transnational & Organized Crime - I love learning about all of the different groups and the stealthy and intelligent ways in which they commit crimes. It was what inspired me for my thesis topic.

Why I Majored in Sociology? I took Introduction to Sociology just for a filler class and fell in love with it. I love all aspects of it. It also was the reason I chose my minor: Justice, Law, & Society.

Sociology Thesis

Organized Crime & Social Networks

My research investigates the function of social networks in the context of organized crime in the U.S. I hypothesize that these criminals are increasingly working together through networks to both expand their activities and increase profits. Historical data are combined with data collected through interviews. Data support that organized crime groups have expanded a great deal, and much of this is due to the fact that they now work with one another.