A Merrimack Tradition

The Last Lecture was created in 1999 and, after a period of dormancy, was resurrected by the honors program in 2013.

The Last Lecture is a tradition at Merrimack and many other colleges and universities that allows a faculty member to speak on any subject as if it were his or her final class.

2018 Speaker

Alicia A. Malone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director,
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Alicia MaloneDr. Malone joined the Merrimack faculty in 2014 after earning her doctorate in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Research Methods and Statistics in Criminology, Ethics in the Criminal Justice System, Race, Ethnicity, & Social Control, as well as in her area of expertise on the Death Penalty. Her research areas include jury decision-making in capital cases, constitutional challenges to the death penalty, intersectionality, and race, gender, and social class inequality in the criminal justice system

Her work on the death penalty focuses on the effects of victim characteristics on jurors’ decisions to impose a death sentence in capital cases. Her scholarship has been published in the Criminal Law Bulletin, Race and Justice, and Police Practice and Research.

Dr. Malone recently published an edited volume titled, Girls, Aggression, and Intersectionality: Transforming the Discourse of “Mean Girls” in the United States, with colleague Dr. Krista McQueeney. Her book was published in Routledge’s Research in Gender and Society series and examines how intersecting social identities shape both media representations of and criminal justice reactions to girls’ aggression.

Previous Speakers



Title Notes
2017 Kevin Salemme Director, Media Instructional Services  
2016 Laura Hsu Associate Professor, Human Development  
2015 Christina Hardway Associate Professor, Psychology  
2014 Vance Poteat Associate Professor, Computer Science  
2013 Marcia Walsh Associate Professor, Health Sciences  
2011 Cynthia McCowan Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemistry Video
2010 Patricia Sendall Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Management