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Dr. Susan Miller


Sociology and Criminal Justice

335 Smith Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1562
FAX: 302-831-0688

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(Ph.D. University of Maryland)

Susan Miller, Professor of Criminal Justice, teaches courses on gender and crime, criminal justice policy, victimology, policing, and women and the criminal justice system. Her research interests include victimology and victims' rights, woman battering and criminal justice policy, as well as theoretical and policy implications of gender and social control. She received the "New Scholar Award" in 1994 from the American Society of Criminology's Division of Women and Crime. She just completed an edited book that explores the implications of criminal justice policies on women and children (Crime Control and Women: Feminist Implications of Criminal Justice Policy, Sage Publications). Dr. Miller's latest book is about gendered power and social/occupational relations among foot patrol and traditional rapid-response police officers, Gender and Community Policing: Walking the Talk (1999).

Representative Publications

"Unintended Side Effects of Pro-Arrest Policies and Their Race and Class Implications for Battered Women: A Cautionary Note." Criminal Justice Policy Review. (1989) 3(3): 299-316.

"Courtship Violence and Social Control: Does Gender Matter?" (With Sally S. Simpson). Law & Society Review. (1991) 25(2): 335-365.

"A Critique of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime: Selective (In)Attention to Gender and Power Positions." (With Cynthia Burack). Women and Criminal Justice. (1993) 4(2): 115-134.

"Narrowing the Distance: Using There Are No Children Here in the Classroom." Journal of Criminal Justice Education. (1993) 4(1): 1001-1011.

"Case Processing in the Harris County, Texas Criminal Justice System: A Comparison Across Crime Types." (With Ruth Triplett). Journal of Criminal Justice. (1994) 22(1):13-26.

"Determinants of Perceived Formal Sanction Risk for Courtship Violence." (With LeeAnn Iovanni). Justice Quarterly. (1994) 11(2):281-312.

"Expanding the Boundaries: Toward a More Inclusive and Integrated Study of Intimate Violence." Violence and Victims (1994) 9(2):183-194.

"A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Social Reform: The Growing Pains of the Battered Women's Movements in Washington, DC and Madrid, Spain." (With Rosemary Barberet). Law & Social Inquiry. (1994) 19(4):923-966.

"Arrest Policies for Domestic Violence and Their Implications for Battered Women." (1994) pp. 334-359 in It's a Crime: Women and Justice., Roslyn Muraskin and Ted Alleman, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents-Prentice Hall.

"Gender-Motivated Hate Crimes: A Question of Misogyny." (1994) in Contemporary Societies: Problems and Prospects., Daniel J. Curran and Claire M. Renzetti, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents-Prentice Hall.

"The Fatal Flaw: Inadequacies in Social Support and Criminal Justice Responses." (1996) pp. 357-377 in I Am Not Your Victim: Anatomy of Domestic Violence., Bethel Sipe and Evelyn J. Hall, eds. Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage.

"Boundary Pushing: Toward a More Inclusive and Integrated Study of Intimate Violence." (1996) pp.191-212 in Domestic Partner Violence., L. Kevin Hamberger and Claire M. Renzetti, eds. New York: Springer.

"Patterns and Correlates of Interpersonal Violence." (With Charles F. Wellford) (1997) pp. 16-28 in Violence Between Intimate Partners: Patterns, Causes and Effects., Albert P. Cardarelli, ed. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

"Rocking the Rank-and-File: Gender Issues and Community Policing." Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (1998). 14(2): 156-172).

"Striving for Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence Using the Violence Against Women Act and Civil Tort Actions" (with Daniel G. Atkins, Jan R. Jurden, and Elizabeth A. Patten) (1999) Wisconsin Women's Law Journal.

Miller, Susan L. and Michelle L. Meloy.
2000. “Women on the Bench: Mavericks, Peace Makers, or Something
Else?: Research Questions, Issues and Suggestions.” pp. 53-68 in It’s a Crime: Women and Justice., Roslyn Muraskin and Ted Alleman, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents-Prentice Hall.

Miller, Susan L.
2000. “Mandatory Arrest and Domestic Violence: Continuing Questions.” pp. 287-310 in It’s a Crime: Women and Justice., Roslyn Muraskin and Ted Alleman, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents-Prentice Hall.

Miller, Susan L.
2001. “Gender and Policing Issues.” Chapter 18 in Women, Crime, and Justice: Contemporary Perspectives., Lynne Goodstein and Claire M. Renzetti, eds. Los Angeles, CA:

Iovanni, LeeAnn and Susan L. Miller.
2001. “Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence: Law enforcement and the Courts.” Chapter 16 in Sourcebook on Violence Against Women., Claire M. Renzetti, Raquel Kennedy Bergen, and Jeffrey L. Edleson, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Miller, Susan L. 2001 "The Paradox of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence: Criminal Justice Professionals and Service Providers Respond." Violence Against Women 7(12): 1339-1376.

Miller, Susan L., Forest, Kay B. and Jurik, Nancy C. (2003) "Diversity in Blue: Lesbian and Gay Police Officers in a Masculine Occupation." Men and Masulinities 5(4): 355-385,

Miller, Susan L., Forest, Kay B. and Jurik, Nancy C. (2003) "Lesbians in Policing: Perceptions and Work Experiences Within the Macho Cop Culture." In B.R. Price and N.J. Sokoloff (eds.) pp. 511-525, The Criminal Justice System and Women: Offenders, Prisioners, Victims and Workers. NY: McGraw-Hill.

Meyer, Kristen, Kay B. Forest, and Susan L. Miller (2004) "Officers Friendly' and 'Tough Cops': Gay and Lesbian Police Officers." Journal of Homosexuality 47(1): 17-37.

Miller, Susan L. and Jessica Hodge (2004) "Rethinking Gender and Community Policing: Cultural Obstacles and Policy Issues." Law Enforcement Executive Forum. 44: 39-49.

Miller, Susan L. and Michelle L. Meloy "Women's Use of Force: Voices of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence." (forthcoming, 2005, Violence Against Women).

Books Under Contract

Miller, Susan L. and Michelle L. Meloy, (2005) Controversies and Consequences: A Feminist Analysis of Victimization and the Victimization of Discourse. Oxford University Press.

Miller, Susan L., (2005) Criminalized Conduct: The Paradox of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence. Rutgers University Press.

Renzetti, Claire M., Goodstein, Lynne, and Susan L. Miller, (2005) Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice. Roxbury Publishing Company.

Courses Regularly Offered

CRJU 201: Problems of Law Enforcement. Introduction to a range of historical, political, philosophical and sociological problems in institutions vested with the responsibility to enforce laws and/or preserve order.

CRJU 350: Gender and Criminal Justice. Reviews historical and contemporary explanations for women's participation in crime and evaluates these explanations in light of current research. Other topics include treatment of women offenders by judicial and correctional systems, women as victims of crime and women as criminal justice personnel. May be cross-listed with WOMS 350.

CRJU 460: Criminal Justice Policy. A critical examination of criminal justice policy in the United States over the past thirty years, with emphasis on the two major theoretical positions that have dominated criminal justice policy making during that period.

CRJU 489: Crime Victims and Victims' Rights. This seminar examines victim-offender relationships, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system, and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions (such as the media, social movements, advocacy groups, legislatures, and the state). Topics include current trends concerning victims' rights, fear of crime, measurement of victimization, the impact of victimization on the individual, as well as specific types of victims.

CRJU 467: Social Justice and Film.

SOCI 667: Gender, Crime and Deviance. This course is designed to explore the theories and empirical research that relate to gender, deviance and social control, and crime. We will also examine policy implications of these issues, paying particular attention to how multiple statuses (race, gender, social class, etc.) affect social and institutional responses.