Trish Oberweis earned her Doctorate from the interdisciplinary School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. She has been professor of criminal justice studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since 2002, but has also taught in Political Science, Public Administration, Philosophy, Women’s Studies and Human Development. Her academic interests center mainly on drug policy, the prevention of and response to sexual violence, and the way that people’s everyday understanding of law shapes their interactions with legal institutions and the people who work in them. She is committed to government that is transparent, ethical and open to everyone. In that spirit, she joined the Board of Reform for Illinois in 2020.