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Member News- Fall 2016

Hello Fellow DWC Members,

Below is the collected news from DWC members, showing what an amazing organization we have! Please keep sending updates to

Best Regards,
Tara Richards

Denise Boots has been selected to serve as the new Program Head in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jo-Ann Della Giustina has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University.

Sheetal Ranjan served as a research fellow at American University Cairo in Egypt this past Spring. While at AUC she worked with UNWomen Egypt, National Commission for Women Egypt and various non-profits to come up with strategies for community response to end violence against women.

Natalie J Sokoloff, professor emerita of sociology at John Jay College is participating in Stoop Stories, a program in Baltimore where people tell personal stories like they are sitting on the stoop outside their homes. Natalie is telling her story, "We All Fall Down," at a night devoted to people's life and community struggles. Natalie's story is about how she slipped on black ice one winter night in the alley behind her home and broke her pelvis in 2 places and her sacrum. Hers is a story about her fight to come back to wholeness and how there is always hope.

Kristen Hourigan received the Dissertation Research Fellowship Award at the State University of New York at Albany for her project entitled "Redefining murder: A qualitative exploration of emotion and identity following loss of a loved one to homicide."

Several DWC members have new books and articles:

Liz Marciniak has a new book entitled, Sentencing and Modern Reform: The Process of Punishment, from Carolina Academic Press.

Joseph F. Donnermeyer’s new edited International Handbook of Rural Criminology was recently published by Routledge.  IHRC includes 42 chapters on significant criminological and criminal justice issues associated with crime in a rural context, including sections on the intersectionality of rural criminology and green criminology, violence, farmers as both the victims of crime and the offenders (including human trafficking), substance production, trafficking and use, community and crime, and rural policing and criminal justice.

Meredith Worthen’s new book, Sexual Deviance and Society: A Sociological Examination, is also now available from Routledge. Kerrison,

E. M., Bachman, R., & Paternoster, R. (2016). "The effects of age at release on women’s desistance trajectories: A mixed-method analysis." Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2(3), 341-370.

O’Neal, E. N. (2016). "Victim cooperation in intimate partner sexual assault cases: A mixed methods examination." Justice Quarterly. Advanced online publication, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2016.1244285

Mears, Daniel P., Michael D. Reisig, Samuel Scaggs, and Kristy Holtfreter (2016). "Efforts to reduce consumer fraud victimization among the elderly: The effect of information access on program awareness and contact." Crime & Delinquency, 62(9),1235-1259.

Wolfe, Scott E., Michael D. Reisig, and Kristy Holtfreter (2016). "Low self-control and crime in late adulthood." Research on Aging, 38(7), 767-790.

DeKeseredy, W.S. (in press). "Looking backward to move forward: Revisiting some past feminist contributions to the study of violence against women." Violence and Gender.

DeKeseredy, W.S. (2016). "Understanding woman abuse in intimate heterosexual relationships: The enduring relevance of feminist ways of knowing." Journal of Family Violence. Advanced online publication, DOI: 10.1007/s10896-016-9861-8.

DeKeseredy, W.S. (2016). "Thinking critically about rural crime: The influence of William J. Chambliss." Critical Criminology. Advanced online publication, DOI: 10.1007/s10612-015-9307-2.

DeKeseredy, W.S. (2016). "Contemporary issues in left realism." International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 5, 12-26.

And, several members have new funded projects: Denise Boots, along with her colleague Tim Bray, is conducting the second annual City of Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce report on the city¹s systemic response to domestic violence.  The project has been funded by a $100,000 gift from corporate and non-profit donors including the Mary Kay Foundation, the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Verizon.  The report will be unveiled at an event with Mayor Mike Rawlings during National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Anthony Peguero has three new grants. Along with his Co-PI Patricia “Trish” Campie he has been awarded $4,964,124 from NIJ for a project titled “Examining the School and Community Contexts that Contribute to the Root Causes and Prevention of School Violence in Rural, Urban, and Large County School districts in California.” Anthony and his two Co-PIs Miner P. “Trey” Marchbanks III and Jamilia Blake, has been awarded $776,949 from NIJ for a project titled “Assessing the Role of Immigration in the Linkage between School Safety, Education, and Juvenile Justice Contact.” And, he has been awarded $124,492 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled “School Safety, Security, and Educational Progress: Examining Educational Inequalities Associated with Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration.”

Kristy Holtfreter (along with her Co-PI Michael Reisig) has been awarded $524,680 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for Phase 2 of her project, “Perceptions of Scientific Misconduct in the Natural and Social Sciences”.