Suzanne Goodney Lea joined the Interactivity Foundation as a full-time Fellow in May 2009. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor and Chair of Trinity College’s Criminal Justice Program in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2007, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Gallaudet University. Suzanne is a first-generation college student who has had a long-standing relationship with college access programs such as Upward Bound/TRIO, McNair Scholars, and College Bound. She has a B.A. in sociology and in history from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, with a minor in criminal justice, from Indiana University. Suzanne’s academic research explored criminology-related public policy, particularly as it corresponds to the intersection of race and crime, the etiology of violent behavior, and the definition and measurement of crime. She is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Academy of Behavioral Profiling, the American Society of Criminology, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).
Suzanne’s involvement with IF began in 2006 when she attended the Foundation’s first Summer Institute. In February 2008, she became the Foundation’s Educational Coordinator on a part-time basis, helping the Foundation to further develop and coordinate its various faculty and curriculum development activities. Suzanne has a strong commitment to developing and promoting teaching methodologies that can help the academy to effectively serve a much wider and more diverse range of students. As a full-time Fellow, she continues to coordinate the Foundation’s educational initiatives.
Suzanne lives in Columbia, MD, with her husband Andrew, their infant son Marcus, and their two dogs, Jack and Clyde. Andrew works as a test engineer for International Space Station components at the NASA-Goddard facility. The family enjoys hiking, offbeat beers and wines, dining out with friends, and cooking interesting meals at home.