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Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D.

Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D.

Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice
Educational Background: 
  • B.A., Trinity College, Washington, DC
  • J.D., Villanova Law School
  • Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar
  • Training in Mediation, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education and Restorative Justice
Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • World Justice and Care for Children
  • Gender and the Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Senior Seminar
  • Restorative Justice Seminar
  • Interdisciplinary Scholars Program
  •  Art and Justice: Considering Childhood Past to Present
Scholarly Interests: 
  • Children's rights
  • Juvenile justice
  • Restorative Justice

Past President of Justice Studies Association (2012-2014)

Kitchen, S. (2013) Restoring the professor and the students: A circle process and contemplative practices in a restorative justice seminar. Contemporary Justice Review 16:1, 28-42.

Chair. (2011) 13th Annual Conference of the Justice Studies Association. Unlocking the Prison of Our Lives. Chestnut Hill College, June 9-11.

Paper Presentation. (2010). “Restoring the Student and the Professor: Modeling Restorative Justice.” Reducing Social Harms: Seeking ‘Just’ Living in Our Communities and Ourselves. 12th Annual Justice Studies Association Conference. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. June 2-5.

Paper Presentation. (2009) “The Politics of Breastfeeding: Rights, Resistance and Change.” 79th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Changing Lives, Resistant Institutions. Baltimore, MD, March 19-22.

Paper Presentation. (2009) “Children on the Move: A focus on the Violation of Human Rights for the Unaccompanied, the Left-Behind, the Separated, the Undocumented, the Trafficked and the Refuge child in this Village of a World,” 11th Annual Conference of the Justice Studies Association, Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds Without Borders, Albany, NY, May 27-30.

Kitchen, S. (2009) Growing up in prison- Sentenced to a life without childhood. Civilisations No. 9 – Adult in miniature: Life without childhood. Presses de l’Universitie des sciences socials de Toulouse.

Paper Presentation. (2008) “Ethnocentrism and Human Rights: Focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.” 78th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Beyond Ourselves: Sociology in a Global Mode. New York CityFebruary 23.

Kitchen, S. (2007) Child at the breast: Reality, reaction and rights – a 21st century legal perspective. GRAAT no 36, Stories for Children, Histories of Childhood, Tome 1- Civilisation, 345-360.

Paper Presentation. (2005) “Child Labor: Defining the Evolving Realities of Desperation and Dignity.” Childhoods 2005 Oslo, Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies. Oslo, Norway, June 27-July 3.

Kitchen, S. (2002) Children’s rights in the curriculum in Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Paper Presentation. (2001) “Teaching the Convention on the Rights of the Child for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the world’s Children 2001-2010.” Children and Young People in a Changing world: A Holistic Approach. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Agrigento, Italy, June 9-16.

Invited Participant. (1998) National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar.

“Issues in the Philosophy of Childhood.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, June 22-July 22.

Plenary Speaker. (1997“Children’s Rights in the Curriculum.” Children in the World Conference. An international, multidisciplinary conference for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois, March 20-23.

Invited Participant. (1996) U.S. Institute of Peace. “Conflict and Peacemaking in an Evolving World.” Seminar for University and College Faculty. July 13-19.

Invited Participant. (1993) Fulbright-Hays Study Tour to Costa Rica and Nicaragua on socio-economic development.

  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • Centennial Alumnae Award for Academic Excellence, Trinity College, DC
  • Sears Roebuck Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellow – studied juvenile justice and child welfare in Europe including the former Yugoslavia