Gunnison Publishes on Women, Crime, and Justice

Written by Laura Paskin
June 28, 2016

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison published Women, Crime, and Justice: Balancing the Scales with Frances P. Bernat and Lynne Goodstein (Wiley Blackwell, 2016).

Designed for criminal justice students, the textbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of women in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and practitioners.

“We focused on criminal law, domestic violence, offender re-entry, and female victimization from both national and international perspectives” Gunnison said.

The book also includes sections on sex trafficking, gay, lesbian, and transgendered prisoners, and issues women face in the criminal justice workplace. In addition to research findings, the book includes personal narratives and case studies on timely topics including cyberbullying, the legal considerations for the burqa, involuntary sterilization, criminalization of pregnant women, and defining and prosecuting rape.

Gunnison joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004. She focuses her scholarship on female offending, corrections, offender reentry, and criminology.  In addition to her teaching and research, she is the director of the college’s two graduate programs: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Crime Analysis.

A prolific scholar, Gunnison has published articles in numerous academic journals, including Women and Criminal Justice, Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Women, Crime, and Justice is her third book. Her next book, which focuses on community corrections, is due out next year.