Government, Public Policy, and Law

This CLAS Career Network encompasses political and legal professions. Local, state, and federal governments create, interpret, and enforce laws. Attorneys, judges, and mediators ensure that proper representation, due process, and constitutional adherence are granted during any legal dispute. From campaign trails to a judge’s gavel to the legislative debates in the halls of congress, the political and legal dynamics are the backbone of a cohesive democratic society.

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Laura Beth Lancaster
Laura Beth LancasterLaura Beth has curated the content for this CLAS Career Network so you can view the latest thinking, articles, experiences, and programs related to Government, Public Policy, and Law. She’s located in the Academic Advising Center in Farrior Hall. To get updates and additional info, as well as information about relevant events, join the Government, Public Policy, and Law network




  • Beyond120 Excursion: FBI
    • Interested in learning about criminology in the workforce? The Beyond120 program will be hosting a half day excursion at the FBI field office in Tampa, FL on May 7th from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Hear from a UF alumni and FBI Special Agent, get a tour of the facilities and learn about internships, the path to full-time work, and the value of a liberal arts education. Refreshments will be provided. Click HERE to RSVP, there are limited spaces available. Questions? Email
  • Career Pathways to Policy: A Conversation with Kristin Tennyson
    • When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 PM
    • Where: The UF International Center Large Conference Room
    • What: Career Pathways to Policy: A Conversation with Kristin Tennyson, Deputy Director at the Office of Research and Data, U.S. Sentencing Commission
      Dr. Kristin Tennyson has over a decade of experience working on major research projects for the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Data at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent commission in the Department of Justice. In this position, she oversees staff and their research on Federal sentencing data to determine the impact of new sentencing legislation, trends in Federal Sentencing, and general research on Federal offenders.
      Previously, Tennyson has researched and studied crime, violence, and migration issues in Latin American. Her research focused broadly on issues relating to the rule of law and violent crime across the region. Prior to chairing the Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, Tennyson served as an advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights where she was consulted on issues related to program design, management, analysis, and data analytics. Tennyson also served as an intelligence analyst for both the Department of Defense and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
      Dr. Tennyson has a BA in History and Latin American Studies from Colgate University and an MA in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Florida. Dr. Tennyson is the recipient of the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies’ 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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