Faculty Member Selected for 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award
Brenda Sims Blackwell, Associate Professor – Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Dr. Brenda Sims Blackwell is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Her efforts led to the development and implementation of a teaching seminar which is required for all PhD students in her department and open to all students in the college. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, with programmatic focuses on criminology and social differentiation. Her research and teaching interests center on female criminality and the treatment and responses to female offenders. She has published numerous articles examining and explicating power-control theory in an effort to understand sex differences in criminality. Additional research has focused more broadly on theoretical treatment of women and responses to female offenders, particularly in sentencing. She recently collaborated with Dr. Mary Finn in an NIJ funded research project examining the Atlanta response to commercial sexual exploitation of children. She currently is involved in a number of projects testing strain theory with a focus on how the model works for female offenders.