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Susan F. Sharp

David Ross Boyd Professor/Presidential Professor Emerita

Research Areas

Gender differences in deviant behavior, Effects of incarceration on the families of inmates, and the Death Penalty


Susan is David Ross Boyd Professor of Sociology and is affiliate faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also a faculty fellow with the College of Liberal Studies, the Department of Human Relations, and the Organizational Leadership Program. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas-Austin in 1996. Her research focuses on female crime and deviance, the incarceration of women, and the impact of corrections policies on families of offenders. Her recent research has focused on theoretical explanations of female criminal behaviors from a life course perspective, exploring how multiple marginalities may steer women into criminal and/or deviant behaviors. She has served on the executive board of the American Society of Criminology and was the founding editor of Feminist Criminology, the official journal of the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology.

 Dr. Sharp’s current research focuses on jail diversionary programs for female offenders.