Rebecca Paynich earned her MA in Criminal Justice (2000) and Ph.D. in Political Science (2003) from Washington State University, and currently teaches at Curry College, in Milton, MA. Rebecca has been involved in several research projects throughout her academic career including Project Safe Neighborhood. Currently, Rebecca is doing research on the work experiences of women in law enforcement and is examining key concerns women face in this male-dominated profession including balancing family and work, dealing with the stresses of the job and issues of sexual harassment. While her research interests revolve around law enforcement, she also does work in the areas of criminal justice theory and policy, and crime mapping. Dr. Paynich worked as a researcher on the Project Safe Neighborhood grant for the state of North Dakota analyzing and mapping gun crimes in that state. Dr. Paynich’s teaching skills take a generalist approach toward the Criminal Justice field. She holds classes in statistics, crime mapping corrections, police ethics, criminology, policing, and many others.