Sarah MacKenzie

Sarah graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, studying Public Policy, Global Studies, and Arabic. A Phi Beta Kappa inductee, Sarah wrote her senior thesis on racial bias in bail proceedings in the Canadian province of Alberta, for which she received highest honours. At UNC, Sarah worked with the Community Empowerment Fund, advocating for racial and financial justice, and UNC's criminal justice advocacy group. Sarah developed a passion for poverty alleviation and criminal justice as a student at UWC Adriatic, and has since worked in South Africa, Jordan, and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the department, Sarah worked for the Center for Appellate Litigation, a public defender's office in New York City which represents low-income defendants in their criminal appeals.

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    Sarah’s current research focuses broadly on gun control in the United Kingdom, with a specific focus on the impact of handgun bans on rates of violence and injuries. Broadly, Sarah is interested in large-scale structural interventions and preventative approaches to interpersonal and community-level harm.

    Sarah Mackenzie’s key area of research focus are:

    • Violence Prevention
    • Criminal Justice
    • Poverty Alleviation