Dr. Mari-Esther Edwards

Assistant Professor

Kansas State University

Office: BD 110
Phone: 575-646-5914




Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Mari-Esther Edwards CV

Dr. Edwards received her Ph.D. from Kansas State University where she taught various criminology related courses and conducted extensive research on rural youth who were in the juvenile justice system.  Her dissertation focused on community supervision officers’ perspectives on body-worn cameras. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Criminology and African American Studies from University of New Mexico; a New Mexico paralegal certification; and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. Her thesis concentrated on the implementation of the Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) in New Mexico, focusing on the experiences of immigrant women. She worked as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer in New Mexico for approximately four years. After relocating to Georgia, she worked with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice as a supervisor and manager, and with the Department of Community Supervision as an Adult Community Supervision Officer.   For the past few years, she worked for the New Mexico Corrections Department training academy as an instructor and recruiter.  She continues to conduct research focusing on various aspects of community supervision agencies (both juvenile and adult). She is passionate about finding ways to reduce social inequalities perpetuated within the criminal justice system through research and outreach.