Carolyn Boyes-Watson, PhD

Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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Director, Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Restorative Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Youth and Adult Development
  • Education Reform

Employment History

  • 1993-Present
    Professor, Suffolk University
  • 1991-1993
    Lecturer, Social Studies, Harvard University


  • Boyes-Watson, Carolyn and Erika Gebo. 2017. Youth, Crime, & Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2008. Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home. MN: Living Justice Press
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2003. Crime and Justice. Boston: Allyn and Bacon
  • Boyes-Watson. C. 2005. “Community is Not a Place But a Relationship: Lessons for Organizational Development” Public Organization Review: A Global Journal Vol. 5, Issue No. 4
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2005 “Seeds of Change: Peacemaking Circles as Tool to Build a Village for Every Child” Child Welfare, 84(2): 191-208.
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2004 “The Value of Citizen Participation in Restorative/Community Justice: Lessons from Vermont” Criminology and Public Policy. 3 (4): 687-692.
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2004. “What are the Implications of the Growing State Involvement in Restorative Justice?” in Howard Zehr and Barb Towes, eds. Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. New York: Criminal Justice Press. Monsey, New York and Cullompton, Devon, UK: Criminal Justice Press and Willan Publishing. p. 215-225.
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2001 “Healing the Wounds of Street Violence.” Community and Youth Development Journal Volume 2, No.3, Fall
  • Boyes-Watson C. and Mary Waters. 2001 “The Promise of Diversity”. In Lani Guiner and Susan Sturm eds. Whos Qualified Beacon Press: Boston
  • Boyes-Watson C. 2000. “Reflections on the Purist and Maximalist Models of Restorative Justice”. Contemporary Justice Review Vol.3 (4) pp.441-450.
  • Boyes-Watson C. 1999 “In the Belly of the Beast? Exploring Dilemmas of State-sponsored Restorative Justice”. Contemporary Justice Review 2(3): 261-281 2002
  • Boyes-Watson C. 1997 “Corporations as Drug Warriors: The Symbolic Significance of Drug Testing” In Austin Sarat and Susan Silbey (eds.) Studies in Law, Politics and Society. Greenwich Ct: JAI Press, 1997.
  • Boyes-Watson C. “Recordkeeping as a Technology of Power”. Berkeley Journal of Sociology. Vol. 39:1-27; 1995

Professional Activities

  • Founding Director, Center for Restorative Justice. The Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University is a community-engaged academic center committed to the promotion of restorative justice practices, principles, and values in New England.

Current Grant Support

  • Executive Office of Public Safety, Charles E. Shannon, Community-Safety Partnership, Gardiner Howard Shaw Foundation
  • Massachusetts Department of Social Services and Department of Public Health
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Courses Taught

  • Restorative Justice: Principles and Practices
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Juvenile Justice and the Law
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Drugs and Society