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Nominate DWC Members for ASC Executive Positions

May 13, 2015

It is time for DWC to put forward our nominees for executive positions in ASC!

The Committee on Committees and Positions (Claire Renzetti and Molly Dragiewicz) will collect nomination materials and submit them on behalf of the Division, which increases the chances of making it onto the ballot.

Please email Molly (molly.dragiewicz@QUT.EDU.AU) by May 22 if you are interested in running for one of these positions.

Claire and I hope that you will consider being nominated. You have seen what a huge difference having DWCers on the executive board makes to the conference. Let’s keep our momentum going!

The list of current officers is here

The roles and their duties are described here

Call for Nominations- 2015 DWC Awards

April 10, 2015

Nominations are requested for the following Division on Women and Crime awards:

Distinguished Scholar Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of women and crime by an established scholar. The contributions may consist of a single outstanding book or work, a series of theoretical or research contributions, or the accumulated contributions of an established scholar. Eligibility includes scholars who have held a Ph.D. for eight or more years.

New Scholar Award which recognizes the achievements of scholars who show outstanding merit at the beginnings of their careers. Outstanding merit may be based on a single book or work, including dissertation or a series of theoretical or research contributions to the area of women and crime. Eligibility includes scholars who held a Ph.D. for less than eight years.

Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes scholars upon retirement. We inaugurated this award on our 20th Anniversary, 2004. Scholars receiving this award should have an established career advancing the goals and work of the Division on Women and Crime.

CoraMae Richey Mann “Inconvenient Woman of the Year” Award recognizes the scholar/activist who has participated in publicly promoting the ideals of gender equality and women’s rights throughout society, particularly as it relates to gender and crime issues. This award will be granted on an ad hoc basis. Nominations should include specific documentation of public service (news articles, etc) and should describe in detail how this person’s activism has raised awareness and interest in the issues that concern the Division on Women and Crime. This award was inaugurated in honor of our 20th Anniversary in 2004.

The Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice recognizes a criminologist whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice and the level of safety for women. The Saltzman Award need not be given every year. It is available to honor unique achievements combining scholarship, persuasion, activism and commitment, particularly work that has made a deep impact on the quality of justice for women, as well as a wide impact (interdisciplinary, international, or cross-cultural).

The Graduate Scholar Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduate students to the field women and crime, both in their published work and their service to the Division of Women & Crime. Outstanding contributions may include single or multiple published works that compliment the mission of the DWC, and significant work within the Division, including serving as committee members, committee chairs, or executive board members. Preference will be given to those candidates who have provided exceptional service to the DWC. Eligibility includes scholars who are still enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program at the time of their nomination.

The Sarah Hall Award (established in 2012) recognizes outstanding service contributions to the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology and to professional interests regarding feminist criminology. Service may include mentoring, serving as an officer of the Division on Women and Crime, committee work for the ASC, DWC, or other related group, and/or serving as editor or editorial board member of journals and books or book series devoted to research on women and crime. The award is named after Sarah Hall, administrator of the American Society of Criminology for over 30 years, whose tireless service helped countless students and scholars in their careers.

Submission Information

The nominees are evaluated by the awards committee based on their scholarly work, their commitment to women crime as a research discipline, and their commitment to women in crime as advocates, particularly in terms of dedication to the Division on Women and Crime. In submitting your nomination, please provide the following supporting materials: a letter identifying the award for which you are nominating the individual and evaluating a nominee’s contribution and its relevance to the award, the nominee’s c.v. (short version preferred). No nominee will be considered unless these materials are provided and arrive by the deadline. The committee reserves the right to give no award in a particular year if it deems this appropriate.
Send nominations and supporting materials by Friday, October 9, 2015 to:

Ashley Wiegand

Apply Now for the Siegel and Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Awards

December 12, 2014





The Division on Women and Crime is now accepting applications for the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship (given by the Darald and Julie Libby Foundation), recognizing exceptional graduate students in the fields of gender and crime.

The division will annually give one graduate student a one-time award in the amount of $5,000 to support a project involving original research, program or service development, implementation, and/or evaluation, or advocacy. The award will be given based on the originality of the proposed project, potential of the project to inform research, theory, or practice, and feasibility of the proposed project, including the budget and timeline for completion.

Applications are due to the division by March 1, 2015. Winners will be notified by May 2015.

To read more about the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Gender and Crime, visit







The Division on Women and Crime is now accepting applications for the Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Scholarship, which is designed to recognize an exceptional graduate student in the field of gender and crime. The scholarship is funded by the royalties from Feminist Criminology, an innovative journal that is dedicated to research related to women, girls, and crime within the context of a feminist critique of criminology. Published quarterly by SAGE Publications as the official journal of the Division on Women and Crime (DWC) of the American Society of Criminology, this international publication focuses on research and theory that highlights the gendered nature of crime.

For the next four years the DWC will award one graduate student annually a one-time scholarship in the amount of US$5,000 to support a project involving original research. The student must be the leader or principal investigator on the project.

Applications are due to the division by March 1, 2015. Winners will be notified by May 2015.

To read more about the Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Scholarship, visit

Let’s Keep ASC Green!

November 14, 2014

Recycling is not a crime!  Let’s keep the ASC meeting this year “green.”

recycle_meeting poster

Feminist Criminology Theory in Action Workshop

November 14, 2014

This year marks the 17th annual Feminist Theory in Action Workshop! Our first gathering was in 1998, and was facilitated by our brilliant colleagues: Nancy Wonders and Mona Danner. A few years ago, Natalie Sokolff and Kim Cook picked up the torch. It’s been a wonderful part of the ASC and we are proud to continue this tradition… Sadly, Natalie Sokoloff will not able to join us this year.

Typically we introduce ourselves and our areas of interest to each other, and then the conversation takes off from there. We share important research findings, exploration of gendered issues occurring in the world and, of course, ideas for activism within the frameworks of feminist theory and practice. It really enhances the rest of the conference week because we meet people we’ve never met before, and then can continue to see them and chat throughout the conference.

Below is the meeting time/place for the annual workshop. Hope you can make it! We always have a group dinner afterwards, so if you can, please join in for dinner as well. Details for dinner will be decided at the workshop. Please come!

Division on Women and Crime Feminist Criminology Theory in Action Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, Nov 18, 4:00 to 7:00pm, Marriott, Salon 11, Lower B2 Level

Journal Manuscript Reviewer Training Workshop

November 13, 2014

Journal Manuscript Reviewer Training Workshop sponsored by the Division on Women and Crime, Thu, Nov 20, 2:00 to 4:50pm, Marriott, Foothill D, 2nd Floor

Claire Renzetti (Editor of Violence Against Women) and Rosemary Barberet (Editor of Feminist Criminology), along with DWC Chair Kim Cook will be conducting this training session for those interested in reviewing manuscripts for a wide array of scholarly journals.  This session is designed for junior faculty and graduate students who are interested in learning the referee process for peer review journals.  Over a two-session time slot, the training will cover:

History, purpose and importance of peer review
How do editors select reviewers?  The relationship between the editor and the reviewers
Ethics and responsibility (Academic integrity, conflict of interest, defamation)
Bias (sexism, racism, classism, ethnocentrism, homophobia)
Journal-specific peer review procedures
What to look for in a manuscript
How to write constructive feedback to the author and editor
Making the final decision
Reviewing  the revised manuscript
Maneuvering through online reviewing systems: registering as a reviewer, deciding to accept a manuscript, completing the written review
Strategies for tackling reviews and getting the most from them

The training session will also include an interactive component in which participants critique samples of completed article reviews.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the DWC.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rosemary Barberet at  Walk-ins are also very welcome!

Congrats to the 2014 DWC Student Paper Award Winners

November 10, 2014

Please join me in congratulating the winners and attend the DWC breakfast meeting on Thursday morning where they will be able to receive their awards.

The winner of the graduate student competition for 2014 is Jaclyn Cwick (University of Missouri-St. Louis) for her paper “Revisiting Coercive Mobility: Women’s Social Capital and Neighborhood Social Control.” 


Women’s social capital is investigated as a mechanism to more fully explain the process by which concentrated incarceration unfolds and results in reductions in neighborhood informal social control. Previous work has shown that coercive mobility, referring to involuntary mobility due to prison admissions and returns, impedes informal control by disrupting network ties, but this work has focused almost entirely on the collateral consequences of the incarcerated. The present work moves forward by proposing a gendered theory of coercive mobility, which synthesizes the collateral consequences of incarceration to women who remain in the community, along with coercive mobility theory and social capital.

The winner of the undergraduate competition is Erin Hoffman (Southern Connecticut State University) for her paper “Predicting Rates of Sexual Violence using State-Level Risk Factors.”


This study analyzed the ability of societal factors to predict rates of rape and other sexual offenses among the 50 states (N=50). Predictors of state-level sexual violence were organized into five different models based on conceptual similarities and prior research. Two simultaneous linear regression equations were calculated with rates of sexual violence (i.e., arrests for rape and other sexual offenses) as the two criterion variables. Results suggest the need for states to (a) consider implementing sentencing guidelines for rape, and (b) recruit more female law enforcement officers, as both factors may help states lessen the incidence of sexual violence.​