VVivian Swayne was born and raised in Appalachia and is currently a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include law and society, sex and society, police and prison abolition movements, and visual methodologies, all of which she combined in her MA thesis, an analysis and indictment of institutionalized state sexual violence. She has experience in community organizing and the non-profit sector, where she has interacted with both state agents and those directly impacted by policing and incarceration. Swayne has taught Introduction to Sociology as well as Criminal Justice. She is currently the Newsletter Editor for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sex and Gender.