Summer 2022

Dr. Malkin Receives Scholarship to Attend Howard League for Penal Reform

July 15, 2022

Dr. Michelle Malkin received a bursary (scholarship) to attend the Howard League for Penal Reform’s conference in September 2022. Titled “Crime, Justice, and the Human Condition: Beyond the cris(es) – reframing and reimagining justice,” the two-day conference will be held at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Malkin Receives Dissertation Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling

July 13, 2022

Dr. Michelle Malkin received the Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling at their annual conference (held July 20-23, 2022). The description of the award is: “For the outstanding graduate doctoral dissertation award in the area of problem gambling. This award is dedicated to Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong commitment to the mentoring of students and will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Doctoral Dissertation that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior.”

Dr. Anderson and Co-Authors Publish Research on Disparate Law Enforcement Practices

June 5, 2022

Dr. James Anderson recently published a co-authored article, “Disparate Law Enforcement Practices Against Women of Color and Gender Variant Women: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” in the Journal of Law and Criminal Justice. The article considers the excessive force experienced by women of color and gender-variant women at the hands of law enforcement. Unfortunately, these victimizations are not in the news as often as black male shootings and are, therefore, not at the forefront of public consciousness. The authors provide several theoretical explanations to contextualize police use of force on black women and argue for creating policies to eliminate this disproportionate impact.

Dr. Walfield and Co-Authors Publish Research on Patterning of Sexual Violence Against Women

May 12, 2022

Dr. Scott Walfield, Assistant Professor, has published Patterning of Sexual Violence against Women across US Cities and Counties (with Jennifer Pabst, 2020 ECU Department of Anthropology MA graduate, and Dr. Ryan Schacht, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology) in Social Sciences. The work was based on Ms. Pabst’s graduate thesis. Drs. Walfield and Schacht were both members of her committee. Using data from the U.S. Census and the National Incident-Based Reporting System, they examine whether an excess or a shortage of men affects the patterning of sexual violence against women across cities and counties in the United States. Their results indicate that violence does not simply increase by way of male surplus or shortage. Balanced sex ratios exhibit the lowest rates of violence. However, rates of sexual violence against women increase more quickly with increasing male scarcity. Thus, overly simplistic predictions may not be as useful in preventing sexual violence against women.