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Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D.

Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D.

Sara Kitchen
Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
Office 374 Fournier Hall
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

IDHP 344-345 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 City, February 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