Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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Diana Rickard is an expert in issues surrounding sex offenders and the corrections (penal) system. Rickard is the author of Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control (Rutgers University Press, 2016). She has taught introduction to criminal justice, criminology, corrections, deviance, sociology of law, juvenlie justice, and violence and society. Previous appointments include teaching at Queensborough Community College, Brooklyn College, Baruch College, and University of San Francisco. Her teaching methods utilize various writing techniques and focus on close readings of academic texts, incorporating sociological perspectives addressing race, class, gender, and social control.
Sociology of Punishment, Sex Offenders, Deviance, Criminology
- Ph.D. Graduate Center, City University of New York, Sociology,
- M.F.A. Naropa University, Writing and Poetics,
- B.A. Bard College, Anthropology,
- 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 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
Research and Projects
- (forthcoming 2016) Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control,Rutgers University Press
- (2015) Masculinity & Medicalization: Gender & Vocabularies of Motive in the Narrative of a Sex Offender,Feminism & Psychology
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- 2013 – Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY