Sociology and Criminal Justice
335 Smith Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Email Dr. Miller
(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
"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)
"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.
"Expanding the Boundaries: Toward a More Inclusive
and Integrated Study of Intimate Violence." Violence and Victims
"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.
"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
"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:
"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):
"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
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
Renzetti, Claire M., Goodstein, Lynne, and Susan L. Miller,
(2005) Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice. Roxbury Publishing
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
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.