Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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Dr. Vollman is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at BMCC. Previously affiliated with Loyola University of New Orleans and John Jay College of Criminal Justice studying the phenomenon of sexual abuse in the US Catholic Church, she served as a research assistant on the study of the Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse (2004), the supplementary analysis of the Nature and Scope data (2006), and as research associate on the Causes and Context study (2011). Her research interests are oriented around understanding the nexus between victim, offender, and context using data derived primarily from written accounts and interviews in order to: understand the ways in which we perceive and construct narratives of violence and victimization (particularly sexual victimization); and how these shape social and institutional responses. Her most recent publications are: Identity and behavior: Exploring an understanding of “being” and “doing” for Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse of minors in the United States (Doctoral dissertation, City University of New York, Graduate Center, Department of Criminal Justice, 2011); and “Pedophilia and the US Catholic Church: Victimization and its effects,” in D.W. Harper, L. Voigt, and W. E. Thornton (Eds.), The social and scientific construction of violence: A reader (pp. 345–368) (Carolina Academic Press, 2012).
Open Education Resources, Sexual Deviance and the Law, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, Narratives of sex offending and sexual victimization, gender and the law.
- Doctorate, Criminal Justice – CUNY Graduate Center / John Jay College (2011)
- Masters, Criminal Justice – CUNY John Jay College (2008)
- Masters, Sociology – CUNY City College (2000)
- Bachelor of Arts, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies – The Ohio Sate University (1995)
- Criminal Justice is the field that studies formal social control. This course covers the processing of crime by agents of formal control (police, courts, and institutional corrections). The general focus is on understanding the complex interactions of structures and agents in the system. Of particular concern are discretion and diversity in law enforcement, due process in criminal courts, and the punishment-rehabilitation dichotomy in corrections. The ultimate goal is to provide a critical foundation that prepares students for the challenges of a career in criminal justice.
- This is an introductory and foundational course in the study of crime and justice. It is designed to introduce students to the various historical and contemporary theories and empirical research used to understand deviant and criminal behavior. This course takes a critical approach to the study of the definition and measurement of crime, as well as applications of these theories to practice and in policy. Offending and victimization, as these relate to specific crime types (i.e., white collar crime, violent crime, sex crime, drug related crimes, etc.) will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100
- This course is intended to broaden the studenta??s understanding of the origins and development of law enforcement agencies in the United States. Moreover, the course will examine the complex role of the police in a democratic society in the criminal justice system. An emphasis will be placed on recruitment, the training process and the importance of diversity, particularly among larger police departments in the U.S. The course will also examine contemporary legal issues and modern strategies such as community, evidence-based, intelligence-led and predictive policing. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course examines the history of criminal punishment in Western society, emphasizing the United States. The course highlights social forces (political, religious, economic, and technological) shaping punishment; reviews common theories (deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and restoration) and examines how theory relates to policy. The course takes a critical approach to correctional systems and policies by considering disparities and structural inequalities. Empirical evidence is used to examine contemporary crises of punishment (i.e., mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline) as well as prison culture, staffing, privatization, and prisoner civil rights. Alternatives to traditional punishment, especially restorative justice models, are explored. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course will explore a significant topic, concept, theme or methodology of interest in the field of criminology, which studies crime as a social phenomenon. Topics for the following semester will be chosen by the instructor and will be made available during registration. Each section of the course will cover in depth a single special topic related to criminology, such as one of the following: Race and Crime; Gender and Crime; Media/Culture and Crime; Drugs and Crime; Theories of Juvenile Offending and Justice; Critical Criminology; Cultural Criminology; Crime and Social Problems; Criminal Deviance; Green Criminology; Elite Crime/White Collar Crime; Cyber criminology; Organized Crime; Immigration (or Migration and crime); Victimology; Violent Crime; Fear of Crime; Perspectives on Terrorism; Narrative, Ethnographic or Qualitative methodologies; Feminist Criminology.
Prerequisite: CRJ 102 and one 200-level social science course
Research and Projects
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- American Society of Criminology
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Alpha Phi Sigma Honors Society