Department of Sociology, UCSD
Laura Pecenco is a PhD candidate in sociology at UC San Diego. Her main research interests are in the sociology of gender, sociology of art, penology/corrections, and criminology. Her dissertation, entitled "Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison," explores the gendering of incarcerated male artists and the art they create within the confines of the prison. Her work challenges previous assumptions regarding the hypermasculinity of the prison, as the art objects created often feature feminized iconography and media. Laura received her MA in Sociology from UC San Diego in 2010 and her BA, with Highest Honors, from UC Berkeley in 2006. Her undergraduate honors thesis, entitled "The Ultimate Garage Sale: Trust Issues on eBay," received the UC Berkeley Sociology Departmental Citation Honorable Mention.