Genevieve Ryan

All Disciplines Award, University of Houston - Social Work

Genevieve is from Leeds and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in History & History of Art and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Criminal Justice Policy, for which she received the university’s Titmuss and Delia Ashworth prizes for outstanding achievement. As a Fulbrighter, Genevieve will undertake a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Houston, Texas. She is interested in forensic social work, mitigation and different forms of justice. She plans to concentrate her studies on Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), a restorative initiative used in a number of states across the US and predominantly in capital cases. Studying in Houston, Genevieve will have access to specialist trauma modules, a legislative internship and a field practicum which will further develop her awareness of the setting in which DIVO operates. She expects that the time she spends stateside will provide a fresh perspective on state systems and will inform the doctoral study she intends to undertake examining the DIVO initiative in a UK context. Whilst studying in Texas Genevieve is excited to visit the rodeo, go on road trips and is looking forward to enjoying live bluegrass and country music.