Brenda Vollman

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Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-660

Office Hours: Varies by Semester

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5241

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)

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Research and Projects


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Honors Society

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