Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Angie Bittar

Angie Bittar
Criminal Justice & Criminology, Political Science
Sylvania, OH

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

I feel that the Gannon Scholar's program has really helped me hone my focus on social justice and gear my education at Loyola toward achievable goals that may seem small but could have a real impact in our community. It has also allowed me to create strong connections with the other scholars, cultivating diverse conversations around important issues and providing all of us with new perspectives to consider as we move forward in our studies and in the world.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

I am interested in researching the application of the Eighth Amendment's restrictions of cruel and unusual punishment on the way that American prisoners are treated after conviction. As an advocate for human rights, I believe that it is crucial to remember that individuals behind bars are still deserving of those rights and that we have to find a way to achieve justice without losing sight of a convict's humanity.