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Call for Nominations- 2014 DWC Awards

August 4, 2014

Nominations are requested for the following Division on Women and Crime awards:

Distinguished Scholar Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of women and crime by an established scholar.  The contributions may consist of a single outstanding book or work, a series of theoretical or research contributions, or the accumulated contributions of an established scholar. Eligibility includes scholars who have held a Ph.D. for eight or more years.

New Scholar Award which recognizes the achievements of scholars who show outstanding merit at the beginnings of their careers.  Outstanding merit may be based on a single book or work, including dissertation or a series of theoretical or research contributions to the area of women and crime. Eligibility includes scholars who held a Ph.D. for less than eight years.

Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes scholars upon retirement.  We inaugurated this award on our 20th Anniversary, 2004.  Scholars receiving this award should have an established career advancing the goals and work of the Division on Women and Crime.

CoraMae Richey Mann “Inconvenient Woman of the Year” Award recognizes the scholar/activist who has participated in publicly promoting the ideals of gender equality and women’s rights throughout society, particularly as it relates to gender and crime issues.  This award will be granted on an ad hoc basis.  Nominations should include specific documentation of public service (news articles, etc) and should describe in detail how this person’s activism has raised awareness and interest in the issues that concern the Division on Women and Crime.  This award was inaugurated in honor of our 20th Anniversary in 2004.

Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice
The Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice recognizes a criminologist whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice and the level of safety for women. The Saltzman Award need not be given every year. It is available to honor unique achievements combining scholarship, persuasion, activism and commitment, particularly work that has made a deep impact on the quality of justice for women, as well as a wide impact (interdisciplinary, international, or cross-cultural).

Graduate Scholar Award

The Graduate Scholar Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduate students to the field women and crime, both in their published work and their service to the Division of Women & Crime.  Outstanding contributions may include single or multiple published works that compliment the mission of the DWC, and significant work within the Division, including serving as committee members, committee chairs, or executive board members.  Preference will be given to those candidates who have provided exceptional service to the DWC.  Eligibility includes scholars who are still enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program at the time of their nomination.

Sarah Hall Award

The Sarah Hall Award (established in 2012) recognizes outstanding service contributions to the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology and to professional interests regarding feminist criminology.  Service may include mentoring, serving as an officer of the Division on Women and Crime, committee work for the ASC, DWC, or other related group, and/or serving as editor or editorial board member of journals and books or book series devoted to research on women and crime.  The award is named after Sarah Hall, administrator of the American Society of Criminology for over 30 years, whose tireless service helped countless students and scholars in their careers.

Submission Information

The nominees are evaluated by the awards committee based on their scholarly work, their commitment to women crime as a research discipline, and their commitment to women in crime as advocates, particularly in terms of dedication to the Division on Women and Crime.  In submitting your nomination, please provide the following supporting materials:  a letter identifying the award for which you are nominating the individual and evaluating a nominee’s contribution and its relevance to the award, the nominee’s c.v. (short version preferred).  No nominee will be considered unless these materials are provided and arrive by the deadline.  The committee reserves the right to give no award in a particular year if it deems this appropriate.

Send nominations and supporting materials by Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to:

Jennifer Colanese

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Indiana University South Bend

Wiekamp Hall, Room 2231

South Bend, IN 46634

Congratulations to the New ASC Officers!

June 5, 2014

DWC is well represented among the leadership team of the American Society of Criminology!  Congratulations to all!

  • Ruth Peterson – President
  • Eric Stewart – Vice President
  • Natasha Frost, Hillary Potter, Claire Renzetti – Executive Officers


GRAD STUDENTS: Apply for the Siegel Award!

February 10, 2014

Graduate students, don’t forget to apply for the fantastic, new Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Gender and Crime.  The award gives $5,000 to a graduate student doing original research, program or service development, implementation, and/or evaluation, or advocacy.

The application deadline is March 15th.  You can find all the information about who is eligible, what types of projects can be funded, and how to apply at  We want to see some great applications!  Faculty members, please pass this along to appropriate graduate students.  Let’s get the word out!

Letter from the Chair: Kim Cook

January 23, 2014

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a delightful holiday season with good food, good friends, and plenty of time to rest and recuperate!  I can’t tell you how excited and honored I am to be serving the DWC as Chair for the next two years. One of the things that makes it exciting to me is that I’m following in the footsteps of our past DWC Chairs whose vision and effectiveness make this such a great “home” for us when we meet annually and throughout the year as we continue our work.

Since we all left Atlanta, the DWC Executive Council, along with the editorial board of our journal Feminist Criminology has selected Dr. Rosemary  Barberet (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) as the next editor. She will take the helm this coming summer, and between now and then will be working closely with the current editor Dr. Jana Jasinski to transition the editorial offices to New York.  Let’s take a moment to thank Dr. Barberet for her excellent application, and Dr. Jasinski for her years of service as the editor.  I also want to thank members of the DWC Executive Council for working on this during the holiday season: Christina DeJong, Emily Lenning, Stacy Mallicoat, Denise Boots, Tara Richards, Carrie Buist, and Deena Isom.

Moving forward, we have quite a lot to accomplish together. The DWC is celebrating our 30th year with several important events at the conference in San Francisco.  We are grateful to the leadership from Susan Sharp and Amanda Burgess-Proctor for organizing our 30th Anniversary events.  We will have featured speakers and sessions at the ASC conference in San Francisco.  In addition, there will be a special anniversary issue of our journal, Feminist Criminology.  So, please look for announcements about these events so that you can plan to attend.

In addition, the committees established for the DWC are now finalized and the updated committees are posted on the website. Please take a look to make sure you’re on the committee you intended to sign up for and let me know if you have any questions.

If you are able to do so, please consider making a contribution to our 30/30 campaign in order to support the cost of our 30th anniversary celebrations.  You can donate publicly, and designate your contribution in honor or in memoriam to someone whom you admire, you can also donate anonymously if you prefer to do that.  The list is growing daily and we are always grateful for your tax deductible contributions.

Please let me know if you have ideas to contribute to the DWC. We strive to be open and inclusive; your participation in that helps us to achieve our goals.  Thank you all so much!

Warm regards,


Kimberly J. Cook, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
910.962.3785 (office)
910.962.7385 (fax)

Rape Myths Lite: ABC’s “The Middle”

January 22, 2014

-by Dr. Alesha Durfee.

I recently watched a taped version of “The Middle” (an ABC sitcom) that originally aired on 1/9/14. “The Middle” is a fairly funny sitcom that both my teen kids and I watch. I was shocked when halfway through the episode I saw what I can only describe as “rape myths lite”.

In the “Sleepless in Orson” episode, a “bad boy” kisses Sue (the main teen girl character) without her permission – they are not dating, and she is upset, shocked, and angry. She yells at him….. .but of course each time he does it (it happens five times throughout the episode) she begins to think more fondly of him and to talk to her friend more and more about him. She transitions over the episode from being appalled and angry to anxiously looking for him out the window – not in fear, but because she wants him to force her to kiss him again. At the end she is actually pursing her lips and leaning in for a kiss.

A boy kisses a girl against her will on "The Middle"
The storyline is clearly drawn from stereotypes about schoolboys chasing girls around the schoolyard trying to kiss them – it’s done in a very comedic fashion. “The Middle” is a “family” comedy so the situation is presented as “just a kiss” where “no one got hurt” and “everyone laughed”. But that’s what makes this episode all the more troubling to me. It’s far easier to spot and dispel rape myths in stark contrast – when you have a documentary or a news story or anything that shows how harmful the actions were, where you can see the consequences of actions. If you ask a teenager if someone has the right to pressure someone else into sex, the majority of teens that I’ve met say “no”. They know the rhetoric, even if they don’t necessarily believe it or act on it.

But it’s the more insidious representations of rape myths – how Sue suddenly now likes a boy because he kissed her despite her protests – that is troubling to me. My teens laugh at Sue’s changing expression post-kiss (from appalled to intrigued/excited) and I worry about what they are taking from the episode. I can explain rape myths to them, but that only conjures up images of the documentary or the news story. Does that mean that they don’t see the messages conveyed about gender, sexuality, and bodily rights in this episode? And since (thankfully, hopefully) so far their world looks a lot more like “the Middle” than a documentary or news story, does that mean they don’t see the rape myths that are in their everyday world? Because ultimately what we find “funny” says a lot more about what we believe and our perspectives on the world than when we are asked for our (measured) responses. And I’m disappointed that this is what we as a society still finds funny.

Dr. Alesha Durfee is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. She can be reached at

Announcing the Larry J. Siegel Fellowship

November 25, 2013

The DWC is thrilled to announce the Larry J. Siegel Fellowship for the Study of Gender and Crime.  The fellowship, given by the Darald and Julie Libby Foundation, is designed to recognize an exceptional graduate student in the field 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.  In order to be eligible, the student must be the leader or principle investigator on the project.

To read more about the fellowship, including criteria for eligibility and how to apply, visit

Events at the ASC Meeting

November 19, 2013

Just a reminder that DWC will host four major events at the meetings this year, as well as scores of sponsored sessions (in addition to lots of sessions of interest not sponsored by DWC).  You can see all of these events in an amazing Google calendar put together by DWC Secretary/Treasurer Christina DeJong by going here:  (click on the “Agenda” tab for easiest viewing).

You can print out a copy of this document by going here:

The main DWC events are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 4.00 – 7.00 PM, Feminist Criminology in Theory and Action workshop, M202, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis
  • Wednesday, 8.00 – 9.30 PM, DWC social at Max Lagers (320 Peachtree Street NE)  ***TICKETS ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!!***
  • Thursday, 7.30 – 9.00 AM, DWC breakfast meeting I, A601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis
  • Friday, 7.30 – 9.00 AM, DWC breakfast meeting II, A601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis

Note that DWC awards will be given out at the first business meeting, on Thursday.  Thursday will include a full breakfast, while Friday will feature pastries, juice, and coffee.


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