College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD in Criminology, Law and Society

Breanne Cave, 2016

Breanne Cave

Breanne Cave completed her PhD at Mason in 2016.  She is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation, a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science.  While at Mason, she worked at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), starting there in her first semester, with her research focused on crime and place, evidence-based crime policy, policing, and counterinsurgency. 

As a research assistant, Dr. Cave was involved in a number of projects, including evaluations of the crime prevention effectiveness of license plate recognition systems, the Transportation Security Administration's security procedures at airports, and the effectiveness of the Federal Protection Service's security procedures at federal facilities.  She also worked on a longitudinal study of crime, antisocial behavior, and health in Baltimore City, MD, a project funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

For several years, Dr. Cave also coordinated for the CEBCP's Crime and Place Working Group, which seeks to advance place-based research in criminology and serve as a link between researchers who are interested in crime and place.  She was appointed a Mason Presidential Scholar, and she was also awarded the Dean's Challenge Award for 2014-2015 by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Prior to beginning her studies at Mason, Dr. Cave served four years as an active duty Marine.

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