B.S., Human Development; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) M.S., Criminal Justice; Virginia Commonwealth University
Dhara Minesh Amin is a PhD candidate in the Public Policy and Administration at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to the PhD program, Dhara earned a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice at VCU and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and a minor in Leadership and Social Change at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dhara worked at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice as a project consultant, focusing on the agency’s electronic management system, but now works as a research analyst with the agency. Previously, Dhara was a Graduate Scholars Fellow at the Virginia Department of Corrections in the Offender Management Services Unit and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Unit. During her graduate studies, Dhara has examined perceptions of legitimacy among adolescents, the relationship of race and ethnicity and court procedural justice among serious female offenders, and the correctional system in Qatar. Dhara’s dissertation focuses on students’ awareness, knowledge, and perceptions mandatory reporting requirements related to Title IX and sexual victimization on college campuses.