People Maria Hartley Maria Hartley Assistant Professor - Sociology Maria Hartley attended Midway College, where she obtained a Bachelors of Art degree in English Literature. She received a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research interests include social theory, qualitative methods, debt, and counter-cultural groups. Maria enjoys riding motorcycles with her family and cuddling her two dogs.