Keesha Hannah

Degree Program: MS


Keesha Hannah is a retired veteran who served 20 years with the United States Army. She is a second-year Master's student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, holding a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Work from the University of Alabama. While she is pursuing her Master's degree, Keesha also works as a teaching assistant (TA) with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research interest is centered on the role of women and offending in the jail and prison systems. Particularly, she is interested in how mothers or soon-to-be mothers are treated within the prison system and how that system impacts their mental and physical health and relationships with their children and families. Keesha has used secondary data to conduct research on drug/alcohol abuse from Dr. Susan Dewey's interview transcripts of sex workers in Denver, Colorado. The research literature had already established a link between drug/alcohol abuse and the street sex trade. As a result, Keesha offered a unique contribution while expanding on established literature, allowing the ladies to relate their stories of drug/alcohol misuse in their own words through transcribed excerpts. This was accomplished by selecting themes that would aid in highlighting patterns in how the women discuss how drug and alcohol abuse affects their lives and choices, as well as how drug and alcohol abuse affects why and how they engage in sex work.