Dr. Kristin Tennyson has over a decade of experience working on major research projects for the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Data at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent commission in the Department of Justice. In this position, she oversees staff and their research on Federal sentencing data to determine the impact of new sentencing legislation, trends in Federal Sentencing, and general research on Federal offenders.
Previously, Tennyson has researched and studied crime, violence, and migration issues in Latin American. Her research focused broadly on issues relating to the rule of law and violent crime across the region. Prior to chairing the Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, Tennyson served as an advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights where she was consulted on issues related to program design, management, analysis, and data analytics. Tennyson also served as an intelligence analyst for both the Department of Defense and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Dr. Tennyson has a BA in History and Latin American Studies from Colgate University and an MA in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Florida. Dr. Tennyson is the recipient of the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies’ 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.