College of Arts and Sciences

Elaine Gunnison, PhD

  • Elaine Gunnison, PhD
    PhD, Criminal Justice
    Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
    Phone: 206-296-2430
    Building/Room: Casey 328E


    Teaching and Research Interests


    Ph.D. 2001, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice
    M.S. 1997, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice
    BA. 1996, Wright State University; Psychology major, Sociology minor

    Courses Taught

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Criminology 
    • Criminal Justice Statistics 
    • Criminal Justice Research Methods 
    • Gender, Race, & Crime  
    • Senior Synthesis
    • Advanced Criminological Theories (graduate) 
    • Feminist Criminology (graduate)
    • Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar (graduate)  

    Research Interests

    • Criminology
    • Female Offending 
    • Life-course criminology
    • Persistence and Desistance in Offending
    • Corrections
    • Offender reentry

    Select Publications

    Gunnison, Elaine. 2015. “Investigating Life Course Offender Subgroup Heterogeneity:  An Exploratory Latent Class Analysis Approach.”  Women and Criminal Justice, 25(4): 223-240.

    Gunnison, Elaine, Helfgott, Jacqueline B., and Cecilie Wilhelm. 2015. “Correctional Practitioners on Reentry: A Missed Perspective.”  Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 2(1): 52-73.  

    Gunnison, Elaine. 2014. “Desistance from Criminal Offending: Exploring Gender Similarities and Differences.” Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society 15(3):75-95.

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Jacqueline B. Helfgott. 2013.  Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

    Gunnison, Elaine. 2012. “An Examination of Female and Male Work Release Offenders: Risk Factors, Needs, and Recidivism.” Journal of Community Corrections 21(4):9-16.

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Jacqueline B. Helfgott. 2011. “Factors that Hinder Offender Reentry Success: A View from  Community Corrections Officers.” The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 55(2):287-304.

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Lisa M. McCartan. 2010. “Persistent Versus Late Onset Among Female Offenders: A Test of State Dependent and Population Heterogenity Interpretations. Western Criminology Review 11(3):45-62.

    McCartan, Lisa M., and Elaine Gunnison. 2010. “Individual and Relationship Factors that Differentiate Female Offenders With and Without a Sexual Abuse History.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 25(8):1449–1469.

    Helfgott, Jacqueline B., and Elaine Gunnison. 2008. “The Influence of Social Distance on Community Corrections Officer Perceptions of Offender Reentry Needs.” Federal Probation June: 2-12.

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Paul Mazerolle. 2007. “Desistance from Serious and Not So Serious Crime: A Comparison of Psychosocial Risk Factors.” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society 20(3): 233-255. 

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Jacqueline B. Helfgott. 2007. “Community Corrections Officers’ Perceptions of Ex-Offender Reentry Needs and Challenges.” Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology 22(1): 10-21.

    Gunnison, Elaine, and Lisa M. McCartan. 2005. "The Role of Different Developmental Experiences: A Theoretical Examination of Female Persistence." Women and Criminal Justice 16(3):43-65.


    Community Corrections Officers’ Perceptions of Ex-Offender Needs versus Community Opportunity in Seattle, Washington. $500, awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University, 2004.

    Evaluation of the State of Nevada Department of Corrections Life Skills Program. $11650, awarded by Nevada State Department of Corrections, 2002. (Co-investigator)

    Persistence in Criminal Offending: An Analysis of Female Offenders. $9412.30, awarded by the University Research Council, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2002.