Areas of Expertise
Dr. Lenning earned her PhD in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 2008, with concentrations in Criminology and Gender/Feminism. Her research and publications focus on corporate and state crime, international law, the social construction of deviance as it relates to sexuality and gender, pedagogical innovations, and media representations of crime and justice.
In addition to her role as professor, Dr. Lenning serves as the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and co-facilitates the Faculty Development Seminar with Provost Jon Young. She is also the co-founder and a representative of her school's Safezone Office, a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, making Fayetteville State University the 3rd Historically Black University in the entire country to dedicate a Center or Office to issues concerning LGBT students.
Dr. Lenning's efforts in and out of the classroom have been recognized by several awards, including the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association's Margaret Lang Willis Outstanding Criminal Justice Educator Award, the American Society of Criminology Division on Women & Crime's New Scholar Award, and the Fayetteville Observer's 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes local leaders.