College of Arts and Sciences


  • Sumner Joins Criminal Justice Faculty

    March 20, 2012

    Professor Jennifer Sumner joins the Criminal Justice Department on September 1. Currently teaching at Penn State Harrisburg, Sumner received her Ph.D. in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine.

    Summer focuses her research and teaching interests on the theory and practice of punishment; correctional policy, practice, and culture; qualitative research methods; and gender, sexuality, and the criminal justice system.

    Sumner was twice awarded the Gil Geis Award for research excellence while at the University of California Irvine. She recently received funding from the National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Program to study transgender correctional policy in Italy and the United States.

    Sumner has published articles in Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Justice. She also co-authored two reports to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on studies of violence and victimization in California prisons.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers B.A., B.S., and MA degrees in criminal justice. Seattle University is one of only seven programs in the United States to receive certification from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


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