Professors Jacqueline Helfgott, department chair, and Elaine Gunnison, director of graduate programs, have been appointed co-editors of the Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society for a three-year term beginning February 2017. The academic journal, a publication of the Western Society of Criminology, features articles on research and practice related to criminology, criminal justice, and criminal law and society. Also included are essays and commentary on crime, law, and justice policies.
The Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, which is free, focuses mainly on policing, institutional corrections, and criminal courts.
“Drs. Helfgott and Gunnison are internationally known for their research and expertise,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers. “This appointment recognizes their accomplishments, their commitment to furthering scholarship that informs professionals in the criminal justice field, and the growing pre-eminence of our Criminal Justice Department."
Helfgott, who joined the faculty in 1993, received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University. She focuses her research and teaching on criminal behavior, criminal justice theory, corrections and offender reentry, and community justice. Her 4-volume set, Criminal Psychology, is used in classrooms throughout the world.
Gunnison received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati and joined the faculty in 2004. Her scholarship focuses on gender, crime, and justice, female offenders, and offender reentry. Her research has been published in numerous journals including Women and Criminal Justice, Journal of Community Corrections, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Her book, Women, Crime, and Justice: Balancing the Scales, is a leading-edge text on gender and justice.