Veronica “Ronni” Nelson is a first year PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted a content and discourse analysis of Blue Lives Matter Facebook posts for her thesis and presented this research at the New Directions in Critical Criminology conference. She has held internships with the Sumner County Jail, Blount County Youth Court, and Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a My Brother’s Keeper literacy initiative targeting the reading proficiency of third grade boys of color in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her research interests include carceral studies, critical race theory, and criminal justice reform.