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Apply Now for the Siegel and Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Awards

December 12, 2014





The Division on Women and Crime is now accepting applications for the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship (given by the Darald and Julie Libby Foundation), recognizing exceptional graduate students in the fields of gender and crime.

The division will annually give one graduate student a one-time award in the amount of $5,000 to support a project involving original research, program or service development, implementation, and/or evaluation, or advocacy. The award will be given based on the originality of the proposed project, potential of the project to inform research, theory, or practice, and feasibility of the proposed project, including the budget and timeline for completion.

Applications are due to the division by March 1, 2015. Winners will be notified by May 2015.

To read more about the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Gender and Crime, visit







The Division on Women and Crime is now accepting applications for the Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Scholarship, which is designed to recognize an exceptional graduate student in the field of gender and crime. The scholarship is funded by the royalties from Feminist Criminology, an innovative journal that is dedicated to research related to women, girls, and crime within the context of a feminist critique of criminology. Published quarterly by SAGE Publications as the official journal of the Division on Women and Crime (DWC) of the American Society of Criminology, this international publication focuses on research and theory that highlights the gendered nature of crime.

For the next four years the DWC will award one graduate student annually a one-time scholarship in the amount of US$5,000 to support a project involving original research. The student must be the leader or principal investigator on the project.

Applications are due to the division by March 1, 2015. Winners will be notified by May 2015.

To read more about the Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Scholarship, visit

Let’s Keep ASC Green!

November 14, 2014

Recycling is not a crime!  Let’s keep the ASC meeting this year “green.”

recycle_meeting poster

Feminist Criminology Theory in Action Workshop

November 14, 2014

This year marks the 17th annual Feminist Theory in Action Workshop! Our first gathering was in 1998, and was facilitated by our brilliant colleagues: Nancy Wonders and Mona Danner. A few years ago, Natalie Sokolff and Kim Cook picked up the torch. It’s been a wonderful part of the ASC and we are proud to continue this tradition… Sadly, Natalie Sokoloff will not able to join us this year.

Typically we introduce ourselves and our areas of interest to each other, and then the conversation takes off from there. We share important research findings, exploration of gendered issues occurring in the world and, of course, ideas for activism within the frameworks of feminist theory and practice. It really enhances the rest of the conference week because we meet people we’ve never met before, and then can continue to see them and chat throughout the conference.

Below is the meeting time/place for the annual workshop. Hope you can make it! We always have a group dinner afterwards, so if you can, please join in for dinner as well. Details for dinner will be decided at the workshop. Please come!

Division on Women and Crime Feminist Criminology Theory in Action Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, Nov 18, 4:00 to 7:00pm, Marriott, Salon 11, Lower B2 Level

Journal Manuscript Reviewer Training Workshop

November 13, 2014

Journal Manuscript Reviewer Training Workshop sponsored by the Division on Women and Crime, Thu, Nov 20, 2:00 to 4:50pm, Marriott, Foothill D, 2nd Floor

Claire Renzetti (Editor of Violence Against Women) and Rosemary Barberet (Editor of Feminist Criminology), along with DWC Chair Kim Cook will be conducting this training session for those interested in reviewing manuscripts for a wide array of scholarly journals.  This session is designed for junior faculty and graduate students who are interested in learning the referee process for peer review journals.  Over a two-session time slot, the training will cover:

History, purpose and importance of peer review
How do editors select reviewers?  The relationship between the editor and the reviewers
Ethics and responsibility (Academic integrity, conflict of interest, defamation)
Bias (sexism, racism, classism, ethnocentrism, homophobia)
Journal-specific peer review procedures
What to look for in a manuscript
How to write constructive feedback to the author and editor
Making the final decision
Reviewing  the revised manuscript
Maneuvering through online reviewing systems: registering as a reviewer, deciding to accept a manuscript, completing the written review
Strategies for tackling reviews and getting the most from them

The training session will also include an interactive component in which participants critique samples of completed article reviews.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the DWC.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rosemary Barberet at  Walk-ins are also very welcome!

Congrats to the 2014 DWC Student Paper Award Winners

November 10, 2014

Please join me in congratulating the winners and attend the DWC breakfast meeting on Thursday morning where they will be able to receive their awards.

The winner of the graduate student competition for 2014 is Jaclyn Cwick (University of Missouri-St. Louis) for her paper “Revisiting Coercive Mobility: Women’s Social Capital and Neighborhood Social Control.” 


Women’s social capital is investigated as a mechanism to more fully explain the process by which concentrated incarceration unfolds and results in reductions in neighborhood informal social control. Previous work has shown that coercive mobility, referring to involuntary mobility due to prison admissions and returns, impedes informal control by disrupting network ties, but this work has focused almost entirely on the collateral consequences of the incarcerated. The present work moves forward by proposing a gendered theory of coercive mobility, which synthesizes the collateral consequences of incarceration to women who remain in the community, along with coercive mobility theory and social capital.

The winner of the undergraduate competition is Erin Hoffman (Southern Connecticut State University) for her paper “Predicting Rates of Sexual Violence using State-Level Risk Factors.”


This study analyzed the ability of societal factors to predict rates of rape and other sexual offenses among the 50 states (N=50). Predictors of state-level sexual violence were organized into five different models based on conceptual similarities and prior research. Two simultaneous linear regression equations were calculated with rates of sexual violence (i.e., arrests for rape and other sexual offenses) as the two criterion variables. Results suggest the need for states to (a) consider implementing sentencing guidelines for rape, and (b) recruit more female law enforcement officers, as both factors may help states lessen the incidence of sexual violence.​

Congratulations to Newly Elected DWC Officers!

November 4, 2014

Congratulations to all of the newly-elected officers of the Division on Women and Crime!  They include:

Vice Chair: Amanda Burgess

Executive Counselor, untenured/junior: Tia Stevens Anderson

Executive Counselor, tenured/senior: Molly Dragiewicz

Secretary/Treasurer: Christina DeJong


3rd International Conference for Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy

November 4, 2014


3rd International Conference for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

July 7-10, 2015
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

The aim of this conference is to reinvigorate debates about the link between social justice, social democracy and the reduction of harm, crime and victimization through the alleviation of inequalities and building of more socially just and inclusive societies. The conference brings together distinguished international speakers from the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Spain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

To submit an abstract visit
Abstracts are due by March 15, 2015

Keynote Speakers
Professor Máximo Sozzo, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina

Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool, UK

Panel Speakers

Assistant Professor Avi Brisman, Eastern Kentucky University, US

Professor Chris Cunneen, University of New South Wales, AU

Professor Mona Danner, Old Dominion University, US

Professor Walter S. DeKeseredy, West Virginia University, US

Professor Joe Donnermeyer, Ohio State University, US

Professor Patricia Faraldo Cabana, Universidade Da Corona, Spain

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool, UK

Dr Jill Guthrie, Australian National University, AU

Professor Keith Hayward, University of Kent, UK

Professor Tony Jefferson, Keele University, UK

Professor Michael Levi, Cardiff University, UK

Professor Scott Poynting, University of Auckland, NZ

Professor Nigel South, University of Essex, UK

Professor Nancy Wonders, Northern Arizona University, US

For inquiries, please contact:

Abstracts will be subject to a peer review process and the total number of papers will be limited to 100.


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